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Mountains and valleys full of Chinese flavor
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
Place of contact Koishikawa Korakuen garden Office
Tel: 3811-3015
Address: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (Zip: 112-0004)
Transport 3 minutes walk from [Iidabashi Sta.] of Toei Subway Oedo Line,8 minutes walk from [Iidabashi Sta.] of JR Sobu Line, Tokyo-metro Tozai Line, Yurakucho Line and Nanboku Line
mapThe construction of this park was started in 1629 by Mr. Yorifusa Mito, the Daimyo (Japanese feudal lord) of Mito Tokugawa family, and was completed by his successor, Mr. Mitsukuni Mito, a very famous Daimyo in the early Edo period. Mitsukuni adopted an opinion of a Chinese scholar and named this garden "Koraku-en" (Koraku means "enjoying afterwards") after a Chinese teaching of " a governor should worry before people and enjoy after people". This garden is full of Chinese flavor under the influence of Mitsukuni. Korakuen was appointed as the Special Place of scenic beauty and the Special Historic Site based on the Cultural Properties Protection Law of Japan. All through Japan, there are only seven premises which enjoy double appointments by this Law. They are Kinkakuji, Ginkakuji, Sampo-in of Dogoji all in Kyoto, the trace of Nibo-no-miya in the third line of Heijyokyou left city in Nara, Isukushima shrine in Hiroshima and Hamarikyuu and Korakuen in Tokyo.
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Harmony of western garden and Japanese garden
Kyu-Furukawa Gardens
Place of contact Kyu-Furukawa Garden Office
Tel: 3910-0394
Address: 1-27-39 Nishigahara, Kita-ku, Tokyo (Zip: 114-0024)
Transport 7 minutes walk from [Kaminakazato Sta.] of JR Keihin-Tohoku Line,7 minutes walk from [Nishigahara Sta.] of Tokyo-metro Nanboku Line,12 minutes walk from [Komagome Sta.] of JR Yamanote Line
mapTaking advantage of the south slope of Musashino tablelands, this variable garden has three main features. First, there is a western style house on the elevated hill which was built in the Taisho period by Dr. Josiah Conder(1852~1920). In lowlands, they have a traditional Japanese style garden with a pond. On the slope between the hill and a Japanese garden, they have a nice western style garden full of flowers such as roses, azaleas, peonies etc. This parkland used to be a house of Mr. Munemitsu Mutsu, a famous politician in the Meiji period. Later it belonged to the Furukawa family, one of zaibatsu groups in Japan. Dr. J. Conder from U.K, was a famous designer and constructor in Meiji & Taisho periods, who constructed the Kyuu Iwasaki-tei Teien, the Rokumeikan and the Nicolai Church. This garden was appointed as a cultural property of Tokyo Prefecture in 1982.
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