Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

The Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens in Tokyo dates back to the early 1600s, at the beginning of the Edo Period. It is the oldest garden in Tokyo and a delight to experience. I first wrote about this garden earlier this year; you’ll find that post here. It was July when my husband and I first visited, and of course, Tokyo in July is sweltering! However, November is a lovely time to visit, it has been sunny and in the 60s since we arrived; perfect weather for being outside. So, I was able to wander, explore and get many photos of this beautiful garden.

Tsuten-kyo Bridge (the red bridge).

theTravelersketcher busy at work.

Engetsu-kyo Bridge, also know as Full Moon Bridge.

This little island is shaped like a turtle which is the symbol for longevity in Japan. And I was thrilled to see some turtles sunning there.

As I have mentioned before, the things I love about Tokyo are the many gardens, temples and shrines where one can escape the intensity of the city. As you can see in the above photo, there is a reflection of a skyscraper in the pond; a reminder of this city’s intrusiveness. The gardens were here long before the skyscraper, and because the Japanese love their gardens, I have no doubt that they will be here for many more years to come.

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