Name: Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
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Location: 35°42’19.90″ N 139°44’57.44″ E
Station: Korakuen Station, Metro Marunouchi Line, Namboku Line, JR Suidobashi Station
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Worth it? Don’t miss it.
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Just west of Tokyo Dome City in west Tokyo is a very nice large Japanese garden called Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens.
To get to Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, take the Metro Marunouchi Line to Korakuen Station and exit to the left up the stairs. You can either cross the ramp and head north, or exit the station and head north on the sidewalk and then head south a block to the west. if you’re willing to walk a bit, you can also take a JR line to Suidobashi Station and head west then north.
The entrance to the park is on the southwest corner. You must buy tickets in advance on the gardens’ website.
Korakuen Station on the Namboku Line. The Namboku station is actually in the basement of the Marunouchi Line Station.
JR Suidobashi Station just to the southeast. Tokyo Dome City is just ahead to the left.
Tokyo Dome City are shown to the right, and Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens are just to the left (west). The entrance is at the lower left corner of the gardens shown here.
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens is only 1 of 3 remaining daimyo (feudal lord) gardens from the early Edo Period. Land was often granted to daimyo – or put under their care for the shogun or emperor. The gardens date back to the early 1600’s and you can still see many artifacts from centuries past (such as the large stone bridge).
Unlike many Japanese gardens, Korakuen has a more Chinese (Confucian) design.
Things To Do
The park has lots of walking trails, a large and a small pond, and some great views of Tokyo from various vantage points.
It’s well worth a stop for a quick look.
Marunouchi Line @ Korakuen Station.
Suidobashi Station facing south.
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Korakuen Station/ | Tokyo Metro Line