The Institute for Nature Study and Nature Reserve is a garden attached to the National Museum of Nature and Science in Minato-ku, Tokyo. It is one of the few places that preserves wildlife in the middle of the city. Originally it was a suburban residence belonging to Yorishige Matsudaira, the feudal lord of the Takamatsu Domain. It was also used as the army and navy's explosives warehouse in the Meiji Era. In 1949, the whole area was designated as a natural monument and historic spot. At the same time, it became open to the public as the Institute for Nature Study and Nature Reserve.
The wildlife inside the garden
At the Institute of Nature Study and Nature Reserve, visitors can enjoy many different types of nature. Once visitors step into the property, a deep forest that is unlike Tokyo will spread out before them. The institute is divided into three botanical gardens, where visitors can enjoy different plants. They may also enjoy seeing water birds, such as spot-billed ducks and egrets, flying over the "pond of Hyotan" and the "swamp of water birds". Also, there are pine trees called the "Monogatari-no-matsu", and the "Orochi-no-matsu" which are said to be there since the Edo Period. At the Education Management Center, there are exhibition halls and kiosks where visitors can buy tickets for the Education Center. Here, panel exhibitions and diorama exhibitions on the history of the institute, are displayed as well as research records of the park. Visitors can also get information on the best parts of the park depending on the time of the year, at the Education Center. For the protection of nature, the number of visitors is limited. Also, needless to say, throwing away one's garbage in the park or bringing home the plants is strictly forbidden.
Train: The nearest station is Meguro Station on the JR Yamanote Line or Shiroganedai Station on the Tokyo Metro Line. Parking: Not available. Opening Hours for the Hall differ depending on the time of the year. From September 1st to April 30th it is open from 9:00 am ~ 4:30 pm, and from May 1st to August 31st it is open from 9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm.
Description: Institute for Nature Study and Nature Reserve
|Sights||Institute for Nature Study and Nature Reserve (自然教育園)|
5-21-5, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 03-3441-7176|
|Closed dates||Monday Irregular closed dates NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY|
Spring (March - May)Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Institute for Nature Study and Nature Reserve