Kiyosumi Teien Garden

Located in Tokyo’s Koto ward, the Kiyosumi Teien Garden is a Japanese style garden set out in the sukiya style (a pond inhabited by birds and with three small islands).

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Near the garden entrance is the Taisho Kinenkan, a memorial hall of Emperor Taisho, which played a part in the funeral of the Emperor Taisho. It was rebuilt in 1992.

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The land is said to originally have been part of the property of an Edo period (1603-1868) merchant which was then bought by a founder of the Mitsubishi group, Yataro Iwasaki. In 1878 Iwasaki developed it into a garden for entertaining guests and favored employees, importing 55 massive stones from all over Japan for the landscaping.

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Mitsubishi donated it to Tokyo in 1932, in which year it was opened to the public. It became one of Tokyo’s official Scenic Beauty Spots in 1979.

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It features a teahouse styled Ryotei, a traditional Japanese restaurant, in the middle of a large artificial pond.

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You will find several stone bridges and stepping stone paths set in the water called isowatari.

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The flora of the gardens is at least as diverse as the fauna, and includes cherry trees, plum trees, black pines, hydrangeas, irises, azaleas, daphnes, camelias, and more.

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This beautifully manicured garden is inhabited by a multitude of various species of birdlife, huge multicolored carp, and turtles.

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