Koishikawa Korakuen

Koishikawa Korakuen in Winter

Koishikawa Kōrakuen (小石川後楽園)

The Koishikawa Korakuen garden is, maybe, the best example for an Edo period daimyō strolling garden.
Tokugawa Yorifusa, the eleventh child of Tokugawa Ieyasu and head of the Mito clan, started to build his residence and garden here. His son Tokugawa Mitsukuni completed it in 1669 as a garden with Japanese and Chinese elements.

This garden is famous for:

  • The vermillion bridge
  • The rice and iris paddies
  • The many Chinese elements and borrowed sceneries from all over Japan
  • The changing landscape within the garden

More information and a digital guidebook are available on the website of Real Japanese Gardens.