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.
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.
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.
The inner garden had two stone bridges and a pond that offered reflections of nearby buildings.
As the water of this well had never dried or flooded, it is called Furo-no-mizu or the Water of Youth.
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.
A small waterfall called Shiraito-no-taki.
This vermillion colored bridge is quite prominent amid its surroundings.
This thatched roofed building is called Kuhachiya.
A puppet master performed an entertaining show on the garden grounds.