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徳川園 Tokugawa Garden

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  • Around Nagoya
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1001 Tokugawa-cho, Higashi-ku Nagoya-shi, Aichi 461-0023, Japan
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Opening Hours
Monday, New Year Holidays
Date of post:2015/07/24

the mainstream style of major daimyo, feudal lord, garden

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Tourist Center Address : 1001 Tokugawa-cho, Higashi-Ku, Nagoya, Aichi pref.
Japan Category:Japanese Garden
Opening Hours:9:30-17:30 (Closed every Monday)
Tel. : +81-52-935-8988

1. Outline
Tokugawa-en is a Japanese garden located next to the Tokugawa Art Museum. It was originally built in 1695, the early Edo period, Mitsutomo TOKUGAWA, second lord of the Owari Tokugawa clan, as retirement residence. This is a typical Japanese Garden with a pond in the center of the garden. Around a pond, there are several impressive highlights. The stream comes from the waterfall and flow through the ravine, then symbolically arranged landscape of Japanese nature, finally flow into the pond, representing as an ocean. You can enjoy beautiful greenery, various colors, and flowers such as peonies and irises, every season.

Furthermore, there are tea-houses where you can enjoy tea ceremony, and nice restaurants. You can take lunch and dinner with Japanese food in Hozentei Restaurant, and also French cuisine in Garden Restaurant Tokugawa-en with breathtaking views of the Garden. Beside the Garden Restaurant, there is a gift shop where you can buy some Samurai culture goods. Also an auditorium for lectures, presentations or receptions is all available.

2. Entrance Fee
Adults, University and High School Students: 300 yen
Seniors (over 65): 100 yen
20% discount per groups of 100 or more, 10% discount per groups of 20 or more.

3. Access
Tokugawa-en Garden is locates beside Tokugawa Art Museum, you can access from;
Via JR. (Japan Rail): ten minutes’ walk from Ozone Station South Exit
Via Meitetsu Railway: 15 minutes’ walk from Ozone Station
Via Subway: 15 minutes’ walk from Ozone Station

4. My recommendations
We can enjoy seeing various trees and flowers through the year in Tokugawa-en. No need to mention Sakura cherry blossoms, but I recommend you to see Irises, they are beautiful in end of May to beginning of June. Irises are improved kind of wild irises, and there are two types of irises, both can be seen in here, they are "Shobu" and "Hanashobu". There is a subtle difference between Shobu and Hanashobu. Do you want to find the subtle difference?

5. Best visit tim
In Spring, not only Sakura cherry blossoms season, but also other seasons through Spring to early Summer, very nice to visit. Autumn is also beautiful with colorful leaves in Tokugawa-en Garden.

6. Others
There is a Japanese style main entrance gate, called Kuro-mon (Black Gate). Fortunately the gate did not have big damage during World War II, we can see the original Japanese style entrance.
Surrounding the large pond in the center of the Garden, there are many seasonal blooms of the flowers, include Sakura Cherry Blossoms, Ume Japanese Apricot, Botan peony, Shobu (Hanashobu) iris, Winter camellia, Japanese witch-hazel, Japanese pachysandra, Lily of the valley bush, Peach trees, Satsuki azalea, and so on. How many flowers you will find? Please try!

Date of post:2015/07/23

Japanese Garden with Various Sceneries

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The Tokugawaen is a nice place for refreshment! It’s built at where there was a retirement residence of Mitsutomo Tokugawa, the second generation lord of the Owari Tokugawa domain.

The garden was redesigned and opened as a Japanese style garden in 2004. The garden is patterned after the typical Daimyo gardens during the Edo period. Its features are the variations of sceneries from arranging woods which existed from before, to the stereoscope stone arrangements. It represents the landscapes of Japanese nature, from the stream flowing down the waterfall through the ravine, to the pond that is likened to an ocean. The garden is not so large, but you can walk through the woods, admire seasonal flowers along the wetlands, cross some elegant bridges, or just sit and cool off on a bench in front of the waterfall. Enjoy the season’s view such as the fresh greenery, apricot blossoms, peonies, irises in spring, or the color of the leaves in autumn.

A famous event called “Dashi-Zoroe” which means gathering of festival floats can also be enjoyed in June, along with other events, there are decorations for each season. Enjoy feeling like a Japanese beauty with a Japanese umbrella in the rainy season. (You may rent an umbrella for ¥100, but the umbrellas are on limited supply).

In addition with that, take a look at the modern souvenir shop called “Tokugawaen Shop Aoi” next to the Kuromon gate. The shop sells souvenir sweets, Japan-ish stationeries, crafts and tea ceremony goods. Gold lacquer Maki-e seal, mini Bonsai set, or a pen in Maiko figure, these are the popular souvenirs for travelers from abroad. Sweet fork, shaped like a Japanese sword, is also affordable, too.

*Brochures in English/Chinese/Korean/Portuguese are available.

  • * The information above is from the date of the review. Please be aware that some of the content may vary from the most recent information.
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