Created during Edo period, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is a traditional style park, registered as a special historic site. It is known to possess an exceptional scenic beauty.
The 7000m2 field is filled with plum and cherry trees, azaleas and iris, making the park enjoyable in all seasons. Immerse in a Chinese ambience in this park built around a pond.
In spring, you can admire the cherry blossoms in full bloom and in autumn, the changing colors of the maple and gingko leaves and zelkova trees are a magnificent sight. The picturesque Ooigawa River, modeled after Arashiyama in Kyoto, and the “Shiraito Waterfalls” will you leave you with a sense of serenity, and let you forget that you are in the middle of one of the busiest cities of the world.
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden holds many seasonal events. Among these are the plum festival in February, rice-planting in May and harvesting in September (rice-planting and harvesting reserved for children).
While less dynamic than the cherry blossoms, the small plum flowers with their delicate smell represent fine sensibility, and are loved by many Japanese. There are as many as 90 red and white plum trees in the garden, there to mark an early arrival of spring.
During the plum festival season, there is a guided tour around the park, performances of “Tamasudare” (traditional performance act from Edo period) and free concerts of traditional music, using instruments like shakuhachi (vertical bamboo flute) and koto (Japanese zither).
If you are visiting in February, I highly recommend you drop by the park and admire the beautiful plum trees.
|KOISHIKAWA KORAKUEN GARDEN|
|1-6-6, Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo|
|8 min walk from Iidabashi station and Korakuen station|
|- General: ￥300
- Over 65: ￥150
- Preschoolers: free