Tokyo Tourism and Lifestyle: The Adorable Garden of Koishikawa Korakuen

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Tokyo Tourism and Lifestyle: The Adorable Garden of Koishikawa Korakuen

Sarah Deschamps and Kanako Itamae

Modern Tokyo Times


The pace of life in all major cities throughout the world can sometimes catch up on people therefore gardens are important places to unwind and refresh the soul. Of course individuals visit beautiful gardens for many reasons but for people who suffer from stress or feel trapped by life, then gardens are a rich oasis of much needed tranquility. Therefore, the stunning beauty of Koishikawa Korakuen in Tokyo and other adorable gardens are highly valued by Tokyoites.


Koishikawa Korakuen is one of the elite gardens which are based in Tokyo because of its rich cultural past, which makes it stand out amongst the crème de la crème of gardens in this mega-city. Of course, other gardens like Chinzan-so provide a place to escape, unwind, and see the bigger picture. However, the richness of gardens like Korakuen and Chinzan-so are very special because of the natural beauty on show and the fusions of culture and ideas which have made these gardens so special.


Japanese gardens are internationally famous because of space, simplicity, ethics, religion, time, architecture, fusions of ideas, and other important areas, which naturally blend with the landscape. The richness of the layout and special meaning is a wonder to behold. Therefore, international tourists lap up this splendor because it is a fantastic way to feel the richness of Japanese culture.


Likewise, for Tokyoites who have to face the morning rush hour madness and the over busy trains after 5pm on a daily basis, then the gardens of Tokyo are an oasis of tranquility and escapism. Even in the mega busy district of Shinjuku you have a stunning garden to escape the madding crowd.


From an historical point of view Korakuen is also very special because the foundation of this garden dates back to 1629. Also, the influence of China is all around this garden because in the past scholars and holy men from both nations blessed each respective society.


This means that the landscape of this adorable garden is based on the mixture of the inter-mingling of Chinese and Japanese philosophy, which was very powerful in the Edo period because of past connections between both cultures. This fusion of ideas is truly amazing and it is a clear reminder that in historical terms, both China and Japan have enriched both societies. After all, for vast periods of history famous scholars and holy men from China were welcomed with open arms.


In a past article about Korakuen garden by Modern Tokyo Times it was stated that Korakuen derives its name from a Chinese text which states “a need for those in power to worry about maintaining power first and then enjoy power later.” This can be found in Hanchuen’s “Gakuyoro-ki” and Mitsukuni who began constructing the garden found great wisdom in these words. Therefore, Mitsukuni took the name Korakuen for this garden which means “the garden for enjoying power later on.” 


Therefore, if you close your eyes and let the breeze touch your face or the strong rays of sunshine touch your skin during the summer season, then in this brief moment you will feel that you have been transported to a different reality. This is based on the ambience of Korakuen being extremely refined because of the stunning backdrop of nature in all directions. Also, if you have a very creative mind then you can feel and sense all the positive aspects of Tokugawa high culture – whereby nature, ethics, beauty, philosophy, religion, and other important areas, all blend naturally together because of the magnificent surroundings.


The stunning architecture and design in Korakuen is also extremely elegant and within the grounds you have places to escape and refresh the soul. Therefore, for individuals of all ages the gardens of Tokyo provide a welcome place to relax and they certainly enhance the lifestyle of this ultra-modern and buzzing city.

Lee Jay Walker gave guidance to both writers  (Please view the garden)  (Please view the garden)

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