Mukōjima-hyakka-en  (向島百花園)

This garden was built by an antique dealer between 1804 and 1830.

The name of the garden means “a garden with a hundred flowers that bloom throughout the four seasons”, and the garden is indeed known for very beautiful flowering trees and shrubs.

At the time when the garden first opened, its main feature was 360 ume trees.

In later years, many different blooming flowers and plants mentioned in classic Chinese and Japanese works of literature and poetry were collected, enabling visitors to enjoy blooming flowers throughout the year.

The garden is the only surviving flower garden from the Edo Period. What is also special about it is that it was not built as a part of a residence.

Contents:

Introduction

History

Highlights

Flower Highlights

Anikas Impressions

Around Mukōjima-hyakkaen

12 pages full of information about the Mukōjima-hyakkaen

20 pictures of the garden

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Directions

How to get there
The closest metro station is Higashi-Mukojima of the Tobu-Skytree-Line. From the station, head 500m east to get to the garden.

Opening times
9am – 5pm (last entrance at 4:30)

Closed around New Year between December 29th and January 3rd.

Admission
150 Yen

Address
JP: 東京都墨田区東向島三丁目
EN: Tokyo, Sumida-ku, Higashimukojima 3-18-3

Tonogayato Teien  (殿ヶ谷戸庭園)

The Tonogayato Teien is a landscape garden, built between 1914 and 1916 (Taisho period) near Tokyo. It was built for the residence of the vice president of the Manchurian Railway company.In 1929, the estate was bought by a member of the Iwasaki family. Nowadays, the garden is enjoyed by young and mid-aged people, and you will probably be the only foreign visitor there.

There is a tea house on the premises that can be rented for tea ceremonies. The garden is a mixture of Japanese and European strolling garden. It is just 20 minutes by train from Shinjuku Station but feels very remote from everyday life in metropolitan Tokyo.

Contents:
Introduction
History
Buildings
The Gardens
Other Highlights
Anikas Impressions
Around Tonogayato Teien

15 pages full of information about the Tonogayato Garden
41 pictures of the gardens

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Directions

How to get there
From Shinjuku, take the Chuo line towards Kawaguchiko and get off at the fifth stop, Kokubunji (国分寺)。From there, it is only a short walk to the gardens.

Opening times
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Last entry until 4:30 p.m.

Admission
150 Yen

Address
JP: 東京都国分寺市南町二丁目
Tokyo-to, Kokubunji-shi, Minami-cho, 2 chome

Nezu Museum  (根津美術館)

The Nezu museum is a private collection of Japanese and Asian art – from calligraphy to painting, ceramics, and textiles. The industrialist and president of the Tobu railway company, Nezu Kaichiro was an avid art collector. The site of the museum and garden used to be his private residence, which he bought in 1906. After his death in 1940, his son founded the museum to preserve the collection. In World War II, however, the museum and gardens were severely destroyed.

The hilly garden has two ponds that are connected by small streams. Upon every turn of the numerous winding paths, you can see a new garden lantern, memorial stone, Buddha or Kan’non statue. The garden also has some well-preserved tea houses. Near the main building, you can find a modern cafe. The wide window front on three sides lets you enjoy the garden while having a light lunch or coffee and cake.

Contents

Introduction
History
Buildings
Stone Works
Highlights
Anikas Impressions
Around the Nezu Museum

14 pages full of information about the Nezu Museum
41 pictures of the garden

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Directions

How to get there
The closest metro station is Omotesando. Chiyoda line, Ginza line and Hanzomon line stop here. Use exit 4 or 5 and walk down the small end of Omotesando towards south east. After 400m you should reach the museum.

Opening times
10am – 5pm (last entry 4:30pm)

Admission
1000 Yen for the general exhibition

Address
JP: 東京都港区南青山6丁目5−1
EN: Tokyo-to, Minato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 6-chome 5-1

Tokyo Imperial Palace Ninomaru Gardens  (東御苑の二の丸庭園)

The public Japanese garden of the Tokyo Imperial Palace can be found in the secondary circle of defense of the palace, the Ninomaru (second circle).
This is the place where the most important palace buildings once stood.
The Edo castle was the residence of the shoguns of the Tokugawa shogunate between 1603 and 1867, but also the Meiji emperor resided here before moving to the Imperial Palace “next door”.
The grounds of the real Imperial Palace are only open to the public on New Years Day and the Emperor’s birthday (February 23).

Contents:
Introduction
History
Highlights
Wall building types
How to visit
Anikas Impressions
Around the Imperial Palace

14 pages full of information about the Ninomaru Garden
32 pictures of the garden

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Directions

How to get there
The closest station on the Yamanote line is Tokyo main station.

Opening times
April-August: 9am – 5pm
September, October, March: 9am-4:30pm
November-February: 9am-4pm

Closed on Mondays, Fridays and New Year (Dec 28 to Jan 3).

Admission
Free

Address
JP: 東京都千代田区千代田1-1
EN: Tokyo, Chiyoda-Ku, Chiyoda 1-1

Tokyo National Museum  (東京国立博物館)

The garden of the Tokyo National Museum became the home for 5 historical buildings gathered from all over Japan.
There is a teahouse called Tengōan (転合庵) that was designed by the famous Japanese tea master Kobori Enshū (小堀遠州) in Kyoto. Another, Kujōkan (九条館) was disassembled and brought here from the Imperial Palace in Kyoto.

The teahouses can be rented for tea ceremonies and haiku gatherings.

The garden is open for visitors in November, the peak season of autumn foliage and in spring during cherry blossom. It is located on the north side of the Honkan Gallery.

Contents:
Introduction
History
The Teahouses
  Shunsōro
  Tengōan
  Rokusōan
  Ōkyokan
  Kujōkan
Other Highlights
  Five-storied pagoda
  Remains of the Jurin-in Azekura Storehouse
  The gravestones of the Arima clan
  The Porcelain Lantern
  The Iron Lantern
  Steles
Taking a walk with Anika
Around the Museum

13 pages full of information about the Tokyo National Museum
38 scenic pictures and descriptive illustrations

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Directions

How to get there
The National Museum is situated in the north part of Ueno park. The closest station is Ueno station, which is served by the Yamanote ring line and many other train lines.

Opening times
Open during the springtime cherry blossom and the autumn leaf-viewing seasons from
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission
Admissin with general museum ticket: 600 Yen

Address
東京都台東区上野公園13-9 東京国立博物館
Tokyo-to, Taito-ku, Ueno-koen 13-9

Telephone
03-5777-8600