Celebrating beauty for over four centuries
Koishikawa Korakuen was a creation of two famed shoguns from the Edo Period, Tokugawa Yorifusa and Tokugawa Mitsukini. The gardens borrow heavily from China including key concepts from Shushunsui, a Confucian scholar of the Ming dynasty to create a haven where the lords could “enjoy their power” (korakuen) after a day’s work.
Incredible beauty through the year
The incredible Koishikawa Korakuen attracts millions of visitors each year and its fame has been celebrated by designating the gardens a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, making it one among the top 36 such places in Japan. Spread over 70,000 sq. m., the gardens feature a central pond, several wooded areas, a paddy field, the Engetsu ‘moon bridge’ and the Tsutenkyo Bridge which stands over a deep ravine.
The gardens break out in beautiful blossoms in spring and picture-perfect autumnal hues during the latter part of the year.