Koishikawa Korakuen Japanese Garden in Tokyo
Tokyo is huge, busy, and rebuilding itself nonstop, but some old Japanese gardens remain in the city. Koishikawa Korakuen is one of these spots where time has stopped and a little bit of old Japan has been preserved.
This is a beautifully landscaped area with paths around a lake for a leisurely walk. There are stepping stones and small bridges across the water. Some of them are inspired by famous gardens in china.
You can come any time of the year and find something interesting here. We visited in February for an early ume hanami, a visit to see the plum blossoms.
Japanese ume plum blossoms
A section of Koishikawa Korakuen has all kinds of different Japanese plum trees and is one of the best places to see the ume flowers in Tokyo. Ume blossoms come in different shades of white and pink. They are best early in the spring while it is still cold. When the flowers come out, the trees are all blossoms without any leaves.
Take a ume hanami walk, a picnic with friends is better for sakura hanami when the Japanese cherry blossoms are out and it is a little warmer.
Koishikawa Korakuen next to Tokyo Dome
Koishikawa Korakuen was created in the 17th century and is now located next to Tokyo Dome. It is quite the contrast between the stadium and and the old park. If you are in the mood for something more quiet than games and roller coasters, come here.