A Visit to the Koishikawa Botanical Gardens

I will visit the Koishikawa Botanical Gardens, a research facility operated by Tokyo University. I hope to explore the many exotic varieties of plants contained in the gardens, particularly focusing on Japanese medicinals. The gardens will provide a historical overview of the evolution of plant sciences in Japan. Also, I am interested in Japanese perspectives on human relationships with plant-life and the environment at large.



Entrance Fee:
Adults – 330円

From Tokyo Station, Tokyo to 3-7-1 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku,Tokyo, 112-0001
Tokyo Station (Platform 2)
Subway – Marunouchi Line – Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line  towards Ikebukuro
Cost – 160円
Myogadani Station
Walk to Japan, Tōkyō-to, Bunkyō-ku, Hakusan, 3 Chome 東京大学小石川宿舎1号棟

Source: Google Maps

The Gardens are a 10 minutes walk from Hakusan station of Mita subway line, or a 15 minutes walk from Myogadani station of Marunouchi subway line

Lunch can be had at Hotto Cafe and Bar @ Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Nishi kata 2-18-17, Tokyo, Japan 03-6801-5776
The cafe is a 15 minute walk from the gardens.
Price – 400円ー1000円



Source: happycow.net (a resource for vegetarian-friendly dining)

Since it’s nearby, I would spend the rest of the day and into the evening at Ueno park in Taito. There are many interesting museums, shrines, temples, and other interesting sights to see. I can then head back to Tokyo by route of the Hanzomon line to Mizonokuchi Station.


Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Hyokeikan

Total Cost for the trip: 1420円ー2120円 (round trip)


4 thoughts on “A Visit to the Koishikawa Botanical Gardens”

  1. This sounds like a great time! It will be especially cool to see a Japanese botanical garden because Japanese gardens are already very well reknown! You will definitely see many plants life that can’t be found in the US, so it should be a great experience!

  2. Brendan, I think the your itinerary is very interesting! The koishikawa botanical gardens sounds like a great destination, from the pictures you posted it looks very beautiful, and it seems to have a very neat array of plant life. I hope you have a great time there, it looks very exciting. Also, the restaurant choices look great too. This is definitely a place that I will add to my long list of places to visit, as I too have an interest in plant life and particular plants with medicinal usage as I am a biology minor (and I also find plants so fascinating).

  3. Phillips-san, a very nice choice. It’s funny, but I have passed the garden on the Marunouchi Line hundreds of times, but have never gotten off at Myogadani Station (it’s a beautiful name: it means “tea valley”) to visit it. It definitely has a great reputation. The restaurant sounds nice. I’ve been to the Nishikata neighborhood, which has some very areas with nice houses. A lot of professors live there (Tokyo University and many other universities are nearby).

  4. The gardens themselves look lovely, and I think it’s great that you’ll be going in conscious of how to observe the way the Japanese view their interactions with the environment and plant sciences. Also, I looked at the cafe’s website, and the photos of the food look so delicious! I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful meal there, though I wonder if you’ll partake of those alcoholic drinks at the bottom of the lunch menu!

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