Tokyo’s Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Spot – Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
I just talked about the full-blooming weeping cherry tree in Rikugien Gardens, and this is another Japanese garden to view cherry blossoms in Tokyo City. It is Koishikawa Korakuen Garden.
This garden is famous for plum blossoms, iris flowers and fall foliage, but it’s a place for cherry blossoms, too.
If you wish to
- See reflections of cherry blossoms in a pond
- And explore a Japanese garden’s beauty at the same time,
|Sakura fully blooming in Koishikawa Korakuen,|
The path around Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park is a fantastic place to see reflections of cherry blossoms. But here, you can enjoy beauty of Japanese gardens as architecture.
|The large pond with cherry blossoms in Koishikawa Korakuen|
Originally built in the 17th century by the samurai clan of Tokugawa, it has a lot of essences of Japanese gardens.
Stones, ponds, streams, bridges, islands, hills for views….
|A full-blooming cherry tree and its reflections|
|Cherry blossoms beyond the pond|
Not as big as that in Rikugien Gardens, but the weeping cherry trees are so beautiful.
|A weeping cherry tree in Koishikawa Korakuen|
|Cherry blossoms and a baseball stadium|
The sign board says, “Special Places of Scenic Beauty and Special Historic Site of the country Koishikawa Korakuen.” (Japanese language contains Chinese characters. If you understand Chinese, you feel familiar with them.) It is very rare that a place is registered as these two. Other than Koishikawa Korakuen, there are only Hama Rikyu Gardens in Tokyo, famous Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, and a few.
|The sign that tells us how important Koishikawa Korakuen is|
|Weeping cherry blossoms and a bee|
One more story. Koishikawa Korakuen is one of the best spots for autumn leaves in Tokyo. This red bridge is the place. In autumn, maple leaves turn red here.
|The red bridge|
|From the red bridge|
The water is extremely clear and beautiful here.
|People stepping on the stones|
It is made as a stream. Red maple leaves will surround here in autumn.
|A stream to the pond|
I can’t wait for red maple leaves in autumn here, but cherry blossoms are as beautiful as them!
Next post will be a cherry blossom report in Tokyo City again!
Links – See MORE of Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo
- Cherry Blossom Forecast 2015
- Early-Blooming Sakura & A Sightseeing Guide to Yoyogi Park, Harajuku, Tokyo
- The Full-Blooming Weeping Cherry Tree in the Japanese Garden of Rikugien – photos & reports
- Cherry Blossom Diary 2014, Full-blooming Photos and Sightseeing Guide in Chidorigafuchi (Imperial Palace)
- Ueno Park Cherry Blossom Festival 2014 – Report and Photos
- Cherry Blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
- Full-Blooming Sakura in Asakusa & Sumida Riverside
- Kyu Shiba Rikyu Gardens in Hamamatsucho & Hotel Guide
- Best Photo Selection 2014 & other kinds of sakura
- Flickr Album – Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) in Tokyo 2014
Visitor Information of Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
9:00 – 17:00 (entrance by 16:30)
300 yen for adult, 150 yen for people older than 64, free for children under 13
How to get to Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
The nearest station is Iidabashi of JR Chuo-Sobu Line (yellow trains,) and Tozai, Oedo, Yurakucho, Namboku Subway Lines.
The major stations to get JR Chuo-Sobu Line trains are Shinjuku and Akihabara.See The Easiest JR Train Map & The Easiest Subway Maps of Tokyo
Link to the Official Website