Tokyo Tourism: Art, Culture and the beautiful Kiyosumi Gardens in Koto ku

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Tokyo Tourism: Art, Culture and the beautiful Kiyosumi Gardens in Koto ku

Sarah Deschamps and Kanako Itamae

Modern Tokyo Times


Tokyoites and tourists to this fabulous city should make the most of Kiyosumi Gardens because it is one of the most adorable places to visit in this ultra-modern city. At the same time the Fukugawa Edo Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Basho Museum, Morishita Culture Center and other places which are rich in culture, can be found within a short distance. Indeed, Koto-ku is blessed with a lovely mix of culture, natural lifestyle and is a nice break from the ultra-busy districts of Ginza, Ikebukuro, Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ueno.

In Koto-ku you can feel “old Tokyo” ticking and this applies to the laid back atmosphere, traditional family businesses and the more sedate pace of life, which suits people who want to escape from the madding crowds. Of course, the tourist attractions located in Koto-ku do attract people but this part of Tokyo is much more relaxed. Therefore, unlike the rich cultural reality of Ueno you have a more serene feel to this part of this mega city.

The Fukagawa Edo Museum isn’t a mega art center but you have a community feel within this museum that it is “alive” and represents Tokyo in all its natural reality. Exhibitions and cultural events change all year round therefore it is essential to check their website for further details. Also, you have special events whereby people can participate and learn about many angles of Japanese culture.

Therefore, if you are fascinated about Japanese calligraphy, shamisen, a traditional Edo setting and other aspects of culture, then a visit to this museum will enable you to feel the warmth of Tokyo. The permanent collection of the streets of Fukagawa-Saga Town of the Tempo Period (1830-1843) is also a real treat. Like previously stated, this museum is more of a “living museum” rather than a mega place of exquisite art. Despite this, the various attractions are extremely enticing and the cultural angle is a real gem.

If you adore the beauty of Japanese gardens then a visit to Kiyosumi Gardens is a must. The most convenient way to travel is by train and this applies to exiting at Kiyosumi Shirakawa station by using either the Toei Oedo Line or Hanzomon Line. Kiyosumi Gardens is in walking distance of Fukagawa Edo Museum and it is a perfect way to compliment your cultural experience in this part of Tokyo.


Kiyosumi Gardens is a real gem because the stunning beauty is matched by the adorable layout. The stepping stone aspect of Kiyosumi Gardens is extremely pleasurable and will appeal to children and adults alike. Indeed, for some adults you will feel “a glimpse of your childhood” if you partake in enjoying the stepping stone area which is called Iso-Wateri. Also, the pond is extremely well kept and the angles of the stunning views are a wonder to behold.

This splendid place can be enjoyed all year round therefore please check the website about further details regarding opening times. The gardens are also blessed with lovely architecture and this applies to the Ryotei building and Taisho Kinekan. Both buildings not only enhance the beauty of Kiyosumi Gardens but they provide a unique feel. Also, for people who adore photography then this garden provides a wealth of amazing opportunities to enhance your respective photo collection.

The famous Basho Haiku stone in Kiyosumi Gardens expresses the cultural angle to this lovely part of Tokyo. Also, if you have a full day to relax then a visit to the Basho Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Morishita Culture Center is richly rewarding. Overall, Koto-ku provides a lovely refined angle to Tokyo because the cultural angle is extremely rich.

Lee Jay Walker gave support to both main writers   Kiyosumi Gardens   Koto City Fukagawa Edo Museum  Basho Museum  Museum of Contemporary Art   Morishita Culture Center

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