Koishikawa Shokubutsuen Garden

Tokyo's most prestigious botanical garden

With more than 16 hectares, Koishikawa Shokubutsuen stands out as an essential garden in the Japanese capital. However, once the jewel of Japanese herbalism is less known and attracts few visitors today... A real hidden gem waiting to be discovered!

 

jardin botanique de Koishikawa

Koishikawa Botanical Garden

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A field of research since the 17th century

 

In the district of Bunkyo, Koishikawa Shokubutsu makes it the pride of Japanese botanists. Laid out in 1684 under the order of shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune, this botanical garden has a long history with herbalism.

Alternately a place of science and a center of humanitarian policy, Koishikawa Shokubutsuen serves as a dispensary for the needy. Medicinal plants were cultivated there for pharmaceutical purposes, and the cultivation of sweet potatoes was developed there in response to the numerous food shortages affecting the country at that time.

 

Un haut lieu de l'herboristerie

A mecca for herbalism

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If today we no longer plant grass for this purpose, the practitioners of traditional medicine (known as "kanpo") getting their supplies from private individuals, the place remains renowned among historians for its glorious past. And it is regularly that many botanic enthusiasts come on pilgrimage to this exceptional garden.

From now on, it is in a research center that the garden shines in the field of herbalism. Attached to the prestigious University of Tokyo since 1877, Koishikawa Shokubutsuen serves as a field for students in natural sciences. It is one of the best research centers in the fields of plant evolution, physiology, and ecology, and its internal library has more than 200,000 books for scientific study.

Culture de plantes à Koishikawa Shokubutsuen

Cultivation of plants at Koishikawa Shokubutsuen

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Momiji à Koishikawa

Momiji in Koishikawa

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Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Timetable

    15 min on foot from Korakuen station (Mita, Namboku, Marunouchi lines)
  • Price

    500 yen per person ($4.25/4€)
  • Access

    9 am to 4:30 pm daily, except Mondays and public holidays

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