Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Bunkyo, Japan 

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens is arguably the most beautiful Japanese landscape garden in Tokyo. With a rich history and subtle influences from China, the garden maintains an exquisite aesthetic appeal throughout the seasons.

Koishikawa Korakuen was completed during the Edo period (1603-1867), and is one of the oldest gardens in Tokyo. The feudal lord Yorifusa, founder of the Mito Tokugawa clan, started the construction of the garden, and it was completed by his son with the help of Chinese scholar Shu Shunsui in 1669. There are reproductions of both famous Japanese and Chinese scenery throughout the garden, represented by the miniature hills, ponds, stones and trees. As you walk along the circular path around the pond, you’ll see a different view every few steps.

Whatever season you choose to visit Koishikawa Korakuen, there is something special to see—the vibrant colored Japanese maple leaves in fall, plum blossoms in late winter, cherry blossoms in spring and the many types of flowers in summer.

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