Koishikawa Botanical Garden, Bunkyo

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The Koishikawa Botanical Gardens are botanical gardens with arboretum operated by the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Science. They are located at 3-7-1 Hakusan, Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan, and open daily except Mondays; an admission fee is charged.
The gardens date to 1684, when the 5th Tokugawa shogun, Tsunayoshi, established the Koishikawa Medicinal Herb Garden. In 1877, after the Meiji Restoration, they became a part of the university and the birthplace of Japanese botanical research. Today research activities are focused on the evolution, phylogenetic systematics, and physiology of higher plants.
The gardens' collections contain some 4,000 plant species, including 1,400 hardy woody species, 1,500 hardy herbaceous species, and 1,100 tropical and subtropical species. Notable outdoor collections include camellias, cherries, maples, Japanese primroses, bonsai trees, and alpine plants. A particular strength are the wild-collected species from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China.
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  • We took a leisurely stroll in the botanical garden. There are no flowers and most of the trees have grown large. It doesn't make much work, so it looks like just a forest. The main building of the former Tokyo Medical School is a must see.
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  • It is an attached botanical garden of the University of Tokyo which has the origin of Koishikawa Yakuen. You can see medicinal plants, local plants, and rare plants derived from the medicinal garden. Moreover, the plaza was made in the garden, and the people who enjoyed the picnic here seemed to be pleasant, too.
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  • 400 yen entry and well worth it. Great shibui feeling in winter - seeing all the beautiful foliage turn red and yellow. Very peaceful and not busy at all. You can spend a relaxing hour or two strolling round. Lots of variation in types of plant - with some wilder feeling bits and some traditional Japanese garden style.
  • Plants around the world are planted on a vast site. Spring is recommended. It will be beautifully blooming in Yoshino cherry tree. Because there are huge cedars, it is a place unbearable for big trees. An entrance fee is required.
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