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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  • isolated (though in the middle of the city!), not crowded and huge- its a great place to get away from the crowds and really enjoy the foliage and the quiet surroundings. the Japanese maple tunnel is ...  more »
  • ... In Tokyo leaves at their best! Take a walk with my wife of your favorite small celebrates late Sakura makes you forget the hustle and bustle of the city in their foliage is a vast forest to the koishikawa botanical gardens is a residential, mid fall colored leaves also are building a warm carpet on the ground Little basics Maple Avenue is in the autumn has Kira (s) can touch the deep scent of soil can enjoy your hands baby shines, birds chirping, coniferous trees, you can enjoy the small fall is not contained in the great outdoors
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  • Gate (? ) Go out and walk along the long wall "ban was" (amigurumi Hoshino fish) to belonging. Old Gates named koishikawa Arboretum in the old signs and walk through here for a while. I felt it has been closed and is quite old. Now small koishikawa botanical gardens and I don't know the relationship, but I feel the history.
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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 was lovely in Autumn time. However Hanami is better!
  • Very interesting park with lots of plants from all over the world. Nice for a walk. But it would be much cheaper to go to Shinjuku Gyoen National Park.
  • Disappointingly ill-kept. Weedy herbal garden where you can be pretty sure the plant that is supposed to be there has already been choked out.
  • 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.

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