The smaller Kyu-Furukawa Gardens are about 15min walk from Rikugien along the Hongo-dōri Avenue. Its main attraction are its early 20th-century stone residence, its rose garden and Japanese garden.
The property is the former residence of Meiji-era notable, Mutsu Munemitsu, who subsequently passed to the Furukawa family.
The Western-style villa and rose garden were designed by British architect Josiah Condor (1852-1920), who also designed the Rokumeikan, Nicolai Cathedral and the Iwasaki residence.
The roses are named after famous people (eg. Princess Michiko, Charles de Gaule), places or even virtues. They bloom twice a year, in Spring (mid-May to mid-June) and Autumn (mid-October to late-November).
The Japanese gardens were created by Ogawa Jihei, also known as Niwashi-Ueji (1860-1933) from Kyoto. They include a 10m high waterfall, a miniature replica of a gorge and an 'oku-no-in'-style stone lantern. The pond is shaped like the Japanese kanji for heart (心).
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30 April 1956
30,780 m² / 3 ha / 7.5 acres
Tall trees : 2,400 / Shrubs : 2,400 / Lawn : 1,500 m2
Maples (momiji), roses, cherry trees, plum trees, azaleas, irises, peonies, bottle bushes, spider lilies, sasanquas, wax trees, camellias
9am-5pm (last entry 4:30pm). Closed from 29 December to 1 January
Nishigahara 1-chome, Kita-ku, Tokyo
7min walk from Nishigahara (Namboku line), Kami-Nakazato (JR lines)
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