Korakuen Area

GrassyBridge
Koraku-en garden never disappoints.

Stroll in a 17th century Japanese garden, cheer with the world’s craziest baseball fans, or ride a roller coaster that goes straight through a Tokyo skyscraper.

Let’s start at Koraku-en garden, an oasis right in the middle of Tokyo that’s so serene, it always makes me forget I’m in the middle of the world’s largest city. It’s my favorite garden in Tokyo, because it’s like a string of pearls – the path takes you through a series of smaller gardens, each a picturesque view in itself. Also, I’m a sucker for bridges and Korakuen has a lot of them!

OrangeBridge
I have tons of pictures of this orange lacquer bridge, because it’s so beautiful in every season.
This is called a moon bridge because bridge + reflection adds up to a full moon shape.
This is called a moon bridge because bridge + reflection adds up to a full moon shape.

Especially good times to go to Koraku-en are:

KorakuenPlum
February is plum blossom season, and the ancient plum trees bloom at different times, so you’re sure to see one in full bloom.
PlumCross
Blooming plum trees are a sure sign it’ll snow again, at least once
Wisteria
The wisteria arbors bloom in May.
Oh, and iris. Did I mention Japanese iris? They bloom in early June.
Oh, and iris. Did I mention Japanese iris? They bloom in early June.
Higanbana
In late September, drifts of bright-red native amaryllis (higanbana) appear.
KorakuenFall
Autumn leaf season in November is spectacular.
In December – March, If you’re lucky, it will snow while you’re in Tokyo. Get on a train to Korakuen as soon as the flakes begin to stick – you won’t be disappointed!

Hours: 9:00 – 17:00

Open: Every day except 12/29-1/3

Admission: ¥300

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If baseball is more your sport, go see the Yomiuri Giants play at the Tokyo Dome. The fans are almost as fun to watch as the game.
After the garden let’s go see the Yomiuri Giants play at the Tokyo Dome. The fans are almost as fun to watch as the game. Their schedule is here.
And we shouldn't resist getting on the roller coaster at Tokyo Dome City, for a speedy view of Tokyo.
And we shouldn’t resist getting on the roller coaster at Tokyo Dome City, for a speedy view of Tokyo.
TokyoDomeIlluminations
From November through February, Tokyo Dome puts on an amazing Illuminations display.

KORAKUEN AREA MAPS

Nearby destinations: Ikebukuro, Koshinzuka Market, Origami Center, Rikugi-en, Yasukuni Shrine, Yushima Shrine

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