Gardens of Edo-Tokyo

The Edo period from 1603 – 1868 was a time of many changes and new innovations in Japan. Many Japanese style gardens were built during that time. Still you can find 9 of them in Tokyo. Even most of them were totally destroyed during the wars, they were rebuilt and you can still find some old symbols of the old edo period. 
All parks are usally open from 09:00 to 17:00 h (for some special seasonal events longer). Each garden also offers an annual passport, but you can also buy an annual passport for all 9 Edo gardens together. 
1.       Hamarikyu Garden
The Hamarikyu Garden is in the center of Tokyo just a few steps away from the Tsukiji fishmarket or Shiodome/Hamamatsucho Station. There is also a popular boots tour from Asakusa to go to the garden.
The park, with its ponds and tea house, is an important example of the culture of the Edo period, despite many demolitions of individual buildings. Located on Tokyo Bay the park is protected against floods by a protective wall, which is located some distance away.
Address: 1-1, Hamarikyu Teien, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0046
Entrance fee: 300 Yen
2.       Rikugien Garden
The Rikugien Garden is one of the most important gardens of the Edo period in Tokyo. The park is famous for its flowers, especially for the azaleas, the Shidare cherry in spring and the foliage coloring in autumn. During the autumn foliage the whole garden will be light up in the evening for the perfect colorful autumn view. Far from the center of the city and originally a world of its own, the park is now enclosed by high buildings.
Address: 6-16-3 Hon-Komagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0021
Entrance fee: 300 Yen
3.       Kyu Iwasakitei
The small Kyu Iwasakitei garden is just a few meters away from the popular Ueno park. The property was once owned by the Iwasaki family, the founders of Mitsubishi. There are three different buildings on the 17,000 m² park area: the main house in a western style, a Japanese style building which is connected with the main building and a small billardhouse in a swiss alps style.
The reduced terrain is hardly more than a small garden. Only a few elements have been preserved from the original garden of the Edo period; including some stone lanterns and a stone hand wash basin. The three buildings can be visit and are a great way to take a look into the old edo time period. 
Address: 1-3-45 Ike no Hata, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0008
Entrance fee: 400 Yen
4.       Kyu Shibarikyu Garden
Close to the Hamarikyu Garden is another small garden from the edo period. The Kyu Shibarikyu Garden is just right next to the Hamamatsucho station. The small park encloses a large pond with three small islands, Nakajima, Ukijima and Ōshima.
Address: 1-4-1 Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0022
Entrance fee: 150 Yen
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5.       Mukojima Hyakkaen Garden
The Mukōjima Hyakkaen was created at the beginning of the 19th century in the heyday of the Edo culture. In 1978 the garden, which is close to the sumida river, was named a scenic place and a historical site. There is also a small shrine of Fukurouuju, one of the Seven Fortune Gods. 
Address: 3-18-3 Higashi Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0032
Entrance fee: 150 Yen
6.       Kyu Furukawa Garden
The Furukawa Garden belongs to the Villa of Furukawa Toranosuke which was built in 1917. The Garden next to the main building is in a western style. You can find many roses and a big green gras area there. Behind the western part is the old japanese garden. The center of the Japanese garden is a large pond, surrounded by trees. The popular rose festival is held every May at the garden, with many different kind of roses from everywhere of the world. 
Also it is possible to visit the villa with a guided tour.
Address: 1-27-39 Nishigahara, Kita-ku, Tokyo 114-0024
Entrance fee: 150 Yen
7.       Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
The Koishikawa Kōrakuen is an urban park in the Kōraku district of Bunkyō. The Kōrakuen contains aspects of Chinese and Japanese landscapes. The center of the garden is the huge pond with a small island called Horai island (lucky island). The Koishikawa, a small creek that gave the area its name, is running through the park and ends at the Sumida river. 
Address: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0004
Entrance fee: 300 Yen
8.       Kiyosumi Garden
Kiyosumi Garden is a nice small park at the east side of Tokyo in the Koto-ku area. Like in most of the edo garden, a big pond can be seen in the center. The pond encloses the islands of Matsushima, Tsurushima and Nakanoshima, the latter being accessible by a bridge. There is also a Fujimi hill where the azaleas bloom in spring. Also there are many stones in the water, where you can walk along the pond and watch small turtles and fish. There is also a small teahouse for enjoying a cup of tea and some sweets. 
The garden is also a very popular spot for wedding photos.
Address: 3-3-9 Kiysumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0024
Entrance fee: 150 Yen
9.       Tonogayato Garden
The garden in the heart of Kokubunji was purchased by the founder of Mitsubish. The garden has the typical elements of an edo garden like the big pond, a tea house and small waterfalls. The highlight of the garden is the small bamboo forest at the bottom.
Address: 2-16 Minami-cho, Kokubunji-shi, Tokyo 185-0021
Entrance fee: 150 Yen

Kerstin Yamane