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徳川園 Tokugawa Garden

  • Walk around (Squares / Parks)
  • Around Nagoya
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  • ClosedMonday, New Year Holidays

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District
Around Nagoya
Address
1001 Tokugawa-cho, Higashi-ku Nagoya-shi, Aichi 461-0023, Japan
Category
  • Walk around (Squares / Parks)
Opening Hours
9:30-17:30
Closed
Monday, New Year Holidays
Website
http://www.tokugawaen.city.nagoya.jp/english/index.html
Tel.
+81-52-935-8988
Date of post:2015/07/24

A feudal lord's traditional garden

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Tourist center address : 1001 Tokugawa-cho, Higashi-Ku, Nagoya, Aichi pref.
Category:Japanese Garden
Opening hours:9:30-17:30 (Closed every Monday)
Website:http://www.tokugawaen.city.nagoya.jp
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, in early Edo period (1603-1868) for Mitsutomo TOKUGAWA, second lord of the Owari Tokugawa clan, as a retirement residence. This is a typical Japanese garden with a pond in the center of the garden. Around the pond, there are several impressive highlights. The stream comes from the waterfall and flows through the ravine, then the symbolically arranged landscape of Japanese nature, finally flows into the pond, representing the ocean. You can enjoy the beautiful greenery, various colors, and flowers such as peonies and irises, every season.

Furthermore, there are tea-houses where you can enjoy the tea ceremony and nice restaurants. You can have lunch and dinner with Japanese food in Hozentei restaurant, and also French cuisine in the 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 goods. Also an auditorium for lectures, presentations or receptions is very close..

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 located beside the 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
You can enjoy seeing various trees and flowers through the year in Tokugawa-en. No need to mention cherry blossoms, but I recommend you to see irises, they are beautiful from the end of May to the beginning of June. Irises are improved kind of wild irises, and there are two types of irises, both can be seen here.

5. Best visit time
In Spring, not only 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. Other
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, you can see the original Japanese style entrance.
Surrounding the large pond in the center of the garden, there are many seasonal flowers, include cherry blossoms, Japanese apricot, peony, iris, winter camellia, Japanese witch-hazel, Japanese pachysandra, lily of the valley bush, peach trees, azalea, and so on.

Date of post:2015/07/23

Japanese Garden with Various Landscapes

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The Tokugawa-en is a nice place for refreshment! It’s built at where the retirement residence of Mitsutomo Tokugawa (the second generation lord of the Tokugawa family, who ruled Japan during the Edo period) used to be.

The garden was redesigned and opened as a Japanese style garden in 2004. The garden is patterned after the typical feudal lord gardens during the Edo period (1603-1868). The variations of landscapes from arranging old woods to the stereoscope stone arrangements is amazing. It represents the landscapes of the 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 relax 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 to that, take a look at the modern souvenir shop called “Tokugawa-en Shop Aoi” next to the Kuromon gate. The shop sells sweets, Japanese stationery, crafts and tea ceremony goods. Gold lacquer maki-e seal, mini Bonsai set, or a pen in Maiko figure are popular.


*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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