Koishikawa Koraku-en Garden is a public park in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo. The garden was a part of Kami-yashiki (the main resident facilities) of the Mito Tokugawa clan. It is now nationally designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and the Special Historic Site. The construction of this garden was started in 1629 by Mito Yorifusa, the first lord of the Mito domain, and was completed by his successor, Mito Mitsukuni, a very famous Daimyo known as “Mito Komon.” Mitsukuni adopted an opinion of a Chinese scholar and named this garden Koraku-en (“Koraku” means “enjoying afterwards”) after a Chinese teaching of “a governor should worry before people and enjoy after people.” The garden consists of the two parts; the inner garden centered on the old Shin building and the back garden area with Saiko Pond, Togetsukyo Bridge, the Oigawa River and Tsuten Bridge. Also scenes of the countryside including a paddy field are reproduced. There are small gardens of plum trees, cherry trees, azaleas and Japanese irises laid out in the huge park area of over 70,000 square meters. Visitors can enjoy flowers and landscape that change from season to season. Koishikawa Koraku-en Garden is a place of relaxation and refreshment in the heart of the metropolis.
- 1-6-6 Kouraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan 112-0004
- Koishikawa Koraku-en