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Kiyosumi Gardens 清澄庭園

Kiyosumi Gardens in autumn, Fukagawa
Kiyosumi Gardens in autumn, Fukagawa

The Kiyosumi Gardens in Fukagawa dates back to the Edo-era. It is believed to have been the residence of business tycoon Kinokuniya Bunzaemon. The residence passed to Kuze-yamatonokami, lord of Sekijuku, in the Kyōhō period (1716-1736).

In the Meiji Era, Iwasaki Yataro, founder of Mitsubishi acquired the land. In 1878, Yataro Iwasaki rebuilt the garden and imported 55 huge rocks from all over Japan. The gardens were used for entertaining guests and for company gatherings.

Nowadays, the place remains one of the most pleasant traditional Japanese garden in Tokyo. There are three big islands and a teahouse on the pond. You can enjoy hopping from one stone to another, what Japanese refer to as "isowtari".

As you amble around the shores and cross the bridges, colourful carps and curious turtles will come begging you for food.

Kiyosumi-teien Gardens

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24 July 1932

81,091 m² / 8 ha / 20 acres

Tall trees : 4,224 / Shrubs : 13,414 + 8,861 m2 / Lawn : 18,103 m2

Black pines, cherries, plums, azaleas, daphnes, hydrangeas, irises, camelias, sasanquas...

9am-5pm (last entry 4:30pm). Closed from 29 December to 1 January

150 yen

Kiyosumi 2 and 3-chome, Koto-ku, Tokyo

3min walk from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa (Oedo & Hanzomon lines)

Kiyosumi Park 清澄公園

Kiyosumi-koen Park is adjacent to the Gardens. A wooden lighthouse enhances the atmosphere of the pakr. It is a good place for a picnic or for viewing the kōyō (red and yellow leaves) in autumn. Admission is free.

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