Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

In my last blog post, we visited the Heirinji Temple to view the autumn colors.  Another popular spot is the Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, right beside the Tokyo Dome.

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The construction of this garden was started in 1629 by Tokugawa Yorifusa, the daimyo (feudal lord) of Mito han, then completed by his successor, Tokugawa Mitsukuni.

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The gardens are named after “Kōraku-en” (Kōraku means “enjoying afterwards”) from a Chinese teaching of “a governor should worry before people and enjoy after people”.  The garden shows strong Chinese influence in its design.

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The inner garden had two stone bridges and a pond that offered reflections of nearby buildings.

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As the water of this well had never dried or flooded, it is called Furo-no-mizu or the Water of Youth.

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This bridge is called Engetsu-kyo (Stone Bridge) or full moon bridge because a full moon is formed by joining the figure of this bridge to its reflection on the water – unfortunately there were lots of fallen leaves, so no reflection was visible.

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A small waterfall called Shiraito-no-taki.

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This vermillion colored bridge is quite prominent amid its surroundings.

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This thatched roofed building is called Kuhachiya.

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A puppet master performed an entertaining show on the garden grounds.

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14 thoughts on “Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

  1. Beautiful colours there this time of year. I’ve been there twice before, most recently last year. But both times were in spring.

    Both times, I tried finding the subway station to leave the area, and just couldn’t find it. It’s a confusing area around Tokyo Dome.

  2. Those are gorgeous photos.
    I was just in the area Saturday afternoon, after work, but at that point it was too dark to justify visiting the park. I was a little surprised to see that it’s so close to my office in Akihabara. It would have been worth going to back a couple months ago when the sun was out longer. But now I’ll know where it is when the next hanami rolls around.

    Actually, the reason I was in the area was to go to the Toppan building in Iidabashi to visit the Printing Museum. Interesting place, if you like old Japanese books and advertising posters.

    • Thanks, glad you liked the pictures. I didn’t know that Akihabara was close to Tokyo Dome – I guess it is hard to tell distances when you take the underground subway all the time.

      • Yes, the Tokyo Dome, Budokan, Yasukuni Shrine, Akihabara, and Ueno are all walkable distance from one another.

        Do you take the subways usually?

        As for me, I almost never use the subways. I almost always use the JR trains lines.

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