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Why Kiyosumi Garden is special ?
The grounds of Kiyosumi Teien (清澄庭園) were originally the residence of an Edo era merchant, and eventually changed ownership to a feudal lord who turned them into a garden. During the Meiji Period the founder of Mitsubishi bought the garden to entertain his guests. It was contributed to the city of Tokyo and opened to the public in 1932.
What to explore at Kiyosumi Garden?
A highlight of the Kiyosumi Teien landscape garden are the many stones set around the grounds. Landscape stones are highly sought after and valuable, and some of the ones in the garden are famous stones that were acquired from all across Japan.
When strolling the garden's grounds be sure to venture across the stepping stone paths that are set in the water. This is called "isowatari", and from the stones you can see fish and turtles under the surface of the pond as well as reflections of the garden in the water.
Halfway around the garden is the teahouse styled Ryotei, a traditional Japanese restaurant (reservations required), that appears to hover over the water from across the pond. Near the garden entrance is the Taisho Kinenkan, a memorial hall of Emperor Taisho.
How to get to Kiyosumi Garden?
The park is a short walk from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station on the Hanzomon and Oedo Subway Lines.
From Tokyo Station
Take the Marunouchi Subway Line from Tokyo Station to Otemachi (just one station) and transfer to the Hanzomon Subway Line for Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station. The one way trip takes 10 minutes and costs 170 yen.
From Shinjuku Station
Take the Oedo Subway Line from Shinjuku Nishiguchi Station in direction of Iidabashi directly to Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station. The one way journey takes 25 minutes and costs 260 Yen.
- Island connected with a bridge
- The stepping stone pathways
- Shallow parts of the pond
- A large number of birds and fishes
- Place of Scenic Beauty.
2-chome to 3-chome, Kiyosumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Tips for you
This garden is to have its origins as the residence of the Edo Period business magnate, Kinokuniya Bunzaemon. It became the location of the Edo residence of the feudal lord Kuze Yamatonokami, of Sekiyado (presently north of Chiba Prefecture), who built his mansion and a garden in 1721. After the Meiji Restoration, Iwasaki Yataro, the founder of Mitsubishi, acquired the land. In 1878, he ordered the garden rebuilt to use it for recreation of his employees and entertainment of important guests. Hills and waterless waterfalls were constructed and 55 rocks from all over Japan were brought in. The garden and the Western-style Mansion was completely burned out by the fire of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, but the property provided refuge for citizens. In 1932, the Mitsubishi Group donated the repaired part of the garden to the City of Tokyo; other parts were used for the construction of the public library. Another half of the original garden survives today as a free public park. This splendid garden (which rivals another great Japanese garden Rikugien in Komagome) is about 3 minutes walk from Shirakawa-Kiyosumi metro station. It is built around a lake in traditional Japanese style. For the up-keeping of trees, turf, etc., entrance fee of 150 yen is collected at the entrance. You can bring your own lunch box. You can buy food for the koi carp and turtles at a shop just after the entrance. If you visit this garden, it is also recommended to go to Fukagawa Edo Shiryokan which is a small museum that has a reproduced town alley of old Edo Period.