The University of Tokyo Botanical Garden, Bunkyo

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The Koishikawa Botanical Gardens are botanical gardens with arboretum operated by the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Science. They are located at 3-7-1 Hakusan, Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan, and open daily except Mondays; an admission fee is charged.The gardens date to 1684, when the 5th Tokugawa shogun, Tsunayoshi, established the Koishikawa Medicinal Herb Garden. In 1877, after the Meiji Restoration, they became a part of the university and the birthplace of Japanese botanical research. Today research activities are focused on the evolution, phylogenetic systematics, and physiology of higher plants.The gardens' collections contain some 4,000 plant species, including 1,400 hardy woody species, 1,500 hardy herbaceous species, and 1,100 tropical and subtropical species. Notable outdoor collections include camellias, cherries, maples, Japanese primroses, bonsai trees, and alpine plants. A particular strength are the wild-collected species from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China.
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  • Style was in keeping admission ticket at the tobacco shop across from the gates of Edo koishikawa care place, but recently, buy tickets at the gate. From there in restaurants and cafes near the cherry tree Cafe, restaurants. Several all if there an hour and a half in the garden area.
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  • It was Saturday, but was vacant. Benches are not much to really explore the Park. Pond? The turtle and I sell food.
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  • Located in the middle of the city, but is still very good nature, bird watching. Photographers sometimes occasionally. Kingfisher also seem to get better.
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  • This is a superb collection of trees and shrubs. All clearly labelled. Perfect for botonists plant lovers and tree enthusiasts. There are lawns to picnic on and it's very family friendly. This very important sure if scientific interest is not overall manicured but very natural. Explore. There are ponds. Lovely old buildings. Just the first time it's a bit hard to find the entrance. Print off directions and the name. Anyone will help you. The area around the park is full of interesting shops and local history.
  • It's the botanic garden of the Tokyo university without any really spectacular plants, more the regular sorts. But maybe this is exactly what makes this place worth visiting. Special are some memorials like Newton's apple tree. Currently the greenhouses aren't accessible, so I can't speak about the plants there.
  • Always beautiful and serene... not many people and good for relaxation. Noisy people should not come here.
  • Nice little park. Would be nice when the cherry blossoms bloom or when the leaves change in the fall.
  • Surprisingly only known by a few people but a large park by Tokyo standards with lawns perfect for a picnic. Excellent place to see both plum and cherry blossom in the spring.

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