Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
Koishikawa Korakuen is a traditional Japanese garden next to Tokyo Dome, in the Koishikawa district. It is a favorite of locals and one of the oldest of its kind in the country. During the beginning of the Edo Period in the 17th century, it formed part of the Tokyo residence of the ruling Tokugawa shogun. The name “Korakuen” means “enjoy power later on,” which means that rulers should enjoy their luxurious lifestyles only after bringing happiness to their people.
Visitors consider Koishikawa Korakuen a tranquil escape from the bustle of urban Tokyo. The garden attempts to replicate famous Japanese and Chinese landscapes in miniature, through the use of stones, ponds, trees and artificial hills. This style of miniaturization is typical of traditional gardens in Japan. There is a rice field towards the back of the garden, as well as several walking trails, which lead you between its best vantage points.
Japan changes with the seasons, and the garden is beautiful all year round. However, it is particularly stunning in the fall. The garden has numerous maple trees situated around the edges of its three ponds. At this time, their leaves turn to fiery shades of red and orange. The southeast corner of the garden has a small gingko grove that also turns a gorgeous shade of gold during the fall season.
The plum (mid February-March) and cherry blossom (late March-early April) seasons are also wonderful times to visit Koishikawa Korakuen. At its entrance, the garden has several weeping cherry trees that are glorious when in bloom.
Getting to Koishikawa Korakuen
The garden is a short walk from Iidabashi station, which is on the JR Chuo line, as well as the Yurakucho, Tozai, Oedu and Namboku subway lines. It is a similar distance from JR Suidobashi Station, also on the Jr Chuo line. It is a 10-minute walk from Korakuen Station on the Namboku and Marunouchi subway lines.
Admission is 300 yen.
Koishikawa Korakuen is open between 9:00 and 17:00, with last admission at 16:30.
The garden is closed between December 29 and January 1.
The Shin-Okubo International Hotel is situated nearby and has rooms from just 4000 yen per night. It is within walking distance of downtown Shinjuku. Before choosing a place to stay we recommend checking out the page on Tokyo hotels.