Kiyosumi gardens

This garden is one of popular Japanese gardens in Tokyo. It is located in Koto-ku, down town Tokyo.

Open: from 9:00 to 17:00

Closed: December 29 to January 1

Admission: General  150 yen, 65 or over  70 yen

Access: 3 minutes walk from Kiyosumi-shirakawa station.


■ A typical Japanese garden


It is a large strolling landscape garden featuring paths around ponds.

Mounds of earth, rocks, and trees are placed around the ponds in order to create miniature reproductions of natural scenery.

Maple and cherry trees are chosen for their seasonal appeal. 

Pine, bamboo, and plum trees are planted because they are regarded as auspicious trees. 

Colorful carp fish swim in the ponds, which introduce additional color and life to the garden. 


■ Used to be owned by the founder of Mitsubishi


This garden was owned by Iwasaki Yataro, who was the founder of the Mitsubishi conglomerate, during late 19th century. A house in the garden was used to be a guest house in those days.


After Great Kanto earthquake of 1923, it was donated to Tokyo city and reconstructed as a park.




It is very refreshing to amble along the paths in the picturesque gardens.