Koishikawa Botanical Garden

Koishikawa Botanical Garden © Iry

Japan's Oldest Botanical Garden

Commonly known as the Koishikawa Botanical Garden, however the official name is “Botanical Gardens, Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo”, these gardens are one of the facilities at the University of Tokyo where studies are conducted on plants for the purpose of education and research.
They are Japan’s oldest botanical gardens、and it is said that its predecessor was the Koshikawa Herb Gardens built in 1684. It became a university botanical garden when the University of Tokyo was established in 1877, and has continued since then to support the development and research of modern Japanese botany.  There are about 700,000 species of plants in the main building, and about 20,000 books on botany available, which a large number of researchers use. The public greenhouse is under construction at the moment, and is unavailable to the public (2014 November).
Every Monday, as well as December 29 to January 3 the gardens are closed. On May 4th, Greenery Day, the garden is open for free. Inside you will also find the Shibata Memorial that demonstrates the history of the garden. This memorial is open from 10:00-16:00 each day and is closed on Thursdays.

Enjoy a wide variety of plants

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens occupies an area of about 160,000 square meters, which contains plateaus, lakes, slopes, and plains that house the 4000 varieties of plants. When you're inside the park you are surrounded by beautiful trees and plants all around, in contrast to the landscape of the city. In the spring you can see plums and cherry trees, in the fall you can see Japanese maples, and all throughout the year you can see trees in their various states. It is not a public park but people regularly come to eat in the park, and there are guests who come here for picnics as well. While in the park, please be careful not to do anything that might harm the plants or animals in the park. Do not bring in animals or plants from outside. Please refrain from smoking, drinking, climbing trees, playing on the equipment, and anything that makes excessive noise (such as musical instruments.)


Train: The nearest station is the Myogadani Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line. By subway, Hakusan Station on the Toei Mita Line. Bus: The nearest station is the Hakusan 2-Chome Stop on the Otsuka Station ~ Ueno Park Station Bus.

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Description: Koishikawa Botanical Garden

Sights Koishikawa Botanical Garden (小石川植物園)
Address 3-7-1, Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Phone / Fax Phone: 03-3814-0294 / Fax: 03-3814-0139
Duration 2Hour(s)
Business Hours Tuesday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Wednesday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Thursday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Friday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Saturday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Sunday:09:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Closed dates Monday NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY
Admission Fee Pay admission: 400yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Koishikawa Botanical Garden