This old-fashioned neighborhood is an undiscovered gem, with a serene (and uncrowded!) garden and the Fukagawa-Edo Museum – a life-sized samurai-era town you can walk around.
As you can see, the detail is amazing, and as an added bonus, the lighting cycles from day to night!
Then let’s meander over to the Kiyosumi Teien Garden, my favorite place for a restorative recharge in Tokyo.
This ancient garden isn’t famous for extravagant flower displays, but its classic Japanese design and lush greenery are always astoundingly beautiful.
And see all the people? Neither do I. This garden is never crowded, even on weekends.
The fantastic Museum of Contemporary Art is just around the corner, but it’s closed right now for renovation. They haven’t given a reopening date yet, but I’ll update this as soon as they do!
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