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