Koishikawa Botanical Gardens

The Koishikawa Botanical Gardens (小石川植物園, Koishikawa Shokubutsuen, 40 acres, 16 hectares) 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 shōgun, 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.

The gardens also contain a herbarium with 1.4 million specimens, and a library of 20,000 books and journals.

The Koishikawa Yojosho, an early Japanese hospital, was established within the herb gardens by the eighth shōgun Tokugawa Yoshimune in 1722.

See also

  • List of botanical gardens in Japan
  • Nikko Botanical Garden

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Ronald
4 April 2015
Excellent scenic garden. You can view a variety of trees, plants and flowers at any season. The landscapes in the garden include several ponds. It's not crowed usually, ideal for a meditative walk.
J Kofler
13 September 2017
Beautiful botanical garden; very quiet for a change; if you want to relax in the hustle of the busy city, come here for a walk, you will not be disappointed.
Kate Catling
20 November 2015
Quiet beautiful garden. There is only one map in English at the ticket counter, but you can take a photo
cyaranbo
29 December 2015
一年中楽しめる、都会の森林。春は落ち着いて桜が、冬は、様々な紅葉と道を覆い尽くす落ち葉が楽しめる。小石川養生所の井戸もあり。
Hyoung-Won Park
26 August 2016
잘 가꾼 식물원이란 이런 것이구나 하고 느끼게 만드는 감동적인 공간. 여름 침엽수림쪽은 숲이 생각보다 깊습니다. 낮에도 공격성이 강한 흰줄숲모기가 많으니 조심하세요.
菅原 太郎
4 May 2014
入園券は正門を入って直ぐの自動券売機で購入するように変更されました。入園料も大人(高校生以上)400円、小人(小•中学生)130円となってます(2014年5月現在)。
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