Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens is a very familiar place to Tokyo citizens as “a great garden related to Mito-komon.” The garden’s construction was originally started by Yorifusa who founded Mito branch of Tokugawa clan in the beginning of the Edo period and completed under the rule of Mitsukuni, the second domain lord. This is made to be a Kaiyu-style (circuit style) with ponds and manmade hills centering on the pond. The garden is designated as the Special place of Scenic Beauty and Special Historic Site of the country by the Cultural Assets Preservation Act.
There are many flowers and blossoms bloom in their season. Plum, camellia, cherry and iris bloom in spring. Lotus, hydrangea and Japanese iris are in their best time to see in the summer. Cluster amaryllis blooms fully in the autumn, and maple and Japanese wax tree colors turn red.
“Tokujin-do” was planned because Mitsukuni was deeply moved by reading “Shiki” (recording of great Historians) Biographies of Boyi and Shuqi” when he was 18 years old.
“Seiko-no-tsutsumi” is a replica of the bank at West Lake (Xi Hu). It gave a great influence to daimyo gardens constructed after this garden.
Koishikawa Korakuen, successfully combined the taste of China and the famous landscapes in Japan. It has become a precious oasis of the Tokyo which is urbanized further.
The garden is telling the culture and nature from Edo period through Meiji, Taisho, and Showa..