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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TripAdvisor
  • Well laid out gardens with species named in Latin and some in English. Not as interesting for me as other gardens as no water features and the emphasis is on growing beds etc rather than trying to ach...  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit a lot, and plan be back later this spring to enjoy sakura and magnolia blossom.  more »
  • It has some 4,000 different plant species under cultivation on it's 40-acre site in Tokyo. Among it's most notable outdoor collections are camellias, cherries, maples, Japanese primroses, bonsai trees...  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • Nice and quiet park, it's not that famous and you need to pay 400¥ for entrance, so there is no crowd here.