TANOSHIMU@Tokyo - The Best 5 Japanese Parks in Tokyo (Part 1)

May 4, 2015

1. Shinjuku-Gyoen: 

"Shinjuku Gyoen" is a large park with an eminent garden in Shunjuku and Shibuya areas, Tokyo.  It was originally a residence of the Naitō family in the Edo period.  The shogun bequeathed this land to Lord Naitō (daimyo) of Tsuruga in the Edo period who completed a garden here in 1772.  After the Meiji Restoration the house and its grounds were converted into an experimental agricultural centre.  It then a botanical garden before becoming an imperial garden in 1879. The current configuration of the garden was completed in 1906. 







2.  Koishikawa Korakuen:


"Koishikawa Korakuen" is in Bunkyo, Tokyo, nearby Tokyo Dome Stadium. It is one of two surviving Edo period clan gardens in modern Tokyo, the other being Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden, and one of the oldest and best preserved parks in Tokyo. The construction was started in 1629 by Tokugawa Yorifusa, the daimyo of Mito han, and was completed by his successor, Tokugawa Mitsukuni.






3. Shakujii Koen:


"Shakujii Koen" is a public park in the Japanese town of Shakujii, in Tokyo's Nerima ward. Established in 1959, it is one of the larger parks in Tokyo. The castle ruins date from the Kamakura period (1185-1333), or earlier, and thus it is known that the site was in use, and regarded as strategically important, for many centuries. 


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