Tokyo is known for being a huge concrete metropolis and many visitors are surprised by the amount of parkland and gardens within the Tokyo Area. Along with parks and traditional Japanese Gardens, Tokyo is also the proud home to a number of Botanical Gardens.
Here’s well show you the best botanical gardens in Tokyo to visit.
Koishikawa Botanical Garden
Koishikawa Goyakuen was established in 1684 to replace Azabu Yakuen in Otsuka. Today, the garden is open to the public as a botanical garden attached to the University of Tokyo, where thousands of species of domestic and foreign plants as well as tropical and subtropical plants can be enjoyed throughout the four seasons. You can also enjoy the atmosphere of a Japanese garden.
Address: 3-7-1 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 9:00 – 16:30 (admission until 16:00)
Access: Myogadani Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line or Hakusan Station on the Toei Mita Line
Fees: Adults 330 yen, children 110 yen
Admission: Adults: 330 yen, Children: 110 yen
Flower and Greenery Consultation Center and Greenhouse Botanical Garden
The Flower and Greenery Consultation Center provides consultation on plant cultivation and management, holds classes and seminars on gardening and other topics, and holds special exhibitions by enthusiast groups and permanent displays of plants and photo panels.
The greenhouse botanical garden was opened in 1990 as one of the ways to utilize the residual heat from the adjacent Hikarigaoka Incineration Plant. The temperature in the greenhouse is kept above 20 degrees Celsius throughout the year, and about 250 kinds of tropical and subtropical plants are grown there.
Address: 5-2-6 Hikarigaoka, Nerima-ku, Tokyo (in Shikinokoka Park) 03(3976)9402
Hours: Flower and Greenery Consultation Center: 9:00 – 17:00 (Consultation Corner: 10:00 – 16:00) Greenhouse Botanical Garden: 9:30 – 16:30
Access:5 min. walk from Hikarigaoka Sta. on the Toei Subway Oedo Line
Machida Botan Garden
Machida Botan Garden is located in Minjon-no-mori Park on the north side of Yakushiike Park. In the surrounding area, there are Yakushi Pond Park, Machida Ebine Garden, Machida Squirrel Garden, Machida Dahlia Garden, Shichikokuyama Green Preservation Area, etc., which are popular as a place for citizens to relax in all seasons.
The park is located in a scenic area with beautiful scenery dotted with recreational facilities of flowers and greenery. The garden is planted with 1,530 button plants of about 310 varieties, and from late April to early May, visitors can enjoy viewing the large, brightly colored red, pink, white and yellow flowers.
The topography is a relatively gentle southern slope at an elevation of 75 to 90 meters, which is connected to Mt. In addition, the grave of Masataka Ishizaka, a leader of the Civil Liberties Movement, is located next to the park, and there is a monument to the Civil Liberties Movement in the park, commemorating the place where his eldest daughter Minako and Kitamura Torutani met.
The Machida Civil Rights Forest Green Space Conservation Area, designated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, extends approximately 19,000 square meters adjacent to the park.
Address: 2274-1, Nozuta-cho, Machida-shi, Tokyo 042-736-4477
Hours: Late April to early May (fee-based period) 9:30-16:00; open as Minjon-no-mori Park except as noted above.
Access:Take the bus bound for Tsurukawa Stn. via Honmachi or Nozuda Shako via Honmachida from Machida Stn. 21 (POP Bldg. ahead), get off at Yakushigaoka and walk 7 min.
Admission: ¥500 for adults, ¥200 for junior and senior high school students, free for elementary school students and younger