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Koishikawa Botanical Gardens
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrKoishikawa Botanical Gardens is the oldest botanical garden in Japan and is located in Bunkyo , Tokyo. Run by the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Science,the gardens is open to all visitors. The gardens date back to 1664 when it was established as a medicinal herb garden. Today there are over 4,000 garden species in the collection.
Things to DoKoishikawa Botanical Gardens is a bit off the beaten path as far as tourist attractions are concerned but is a wonderful treat for garden or plant enthusiasts. There are many plants in the collection with historical and scientific significance such as a graft from Issac Newton's apple tree, which was supposed to have inspired him to devise some of his most groundbreaking physics theories, and a Ginko Biloba tree bred by Sakugoro Hirase as part of his groundbreaking research in plant fertilization. In addition to the wide array of exotic plant types, there is also a sampling of broad-leaved evergreen forests which are characteristic of the natural nature of Tokyo. Plants dating back over 300 years can be found within the garden and is the highest concentration of the natural vegetation of Tokyo. Elsewhere, this kind of vegetation is scattered and sparsely populated in the city due to the urbanization of the area.
There are many winding paths and ponds with ducks or koi in the park,offering visitors a relaxing change of pace from the hectic nature of the city of Tokyo. During Cherry Blossom season, the gardens are a magnificent place to view the blooming Cherry Blossom trees. There are a wide variety of different kinds of Cherry Blossom trees throughout the park. Due to the vast size of the park, it does not get as crowded as some of the others do with Hanami, or Cherry Blossom viewing parties, that occur during Cherry Blossom viewing season.
TransportationThe gardens are about a 15-minute walk from the Myogadani Station of the Marunounchi subway line and a 10-minute walk from the Hakusan Station of the Mita subway line.
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Author: travellingfool. Last updated: Jan 22, 2015