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Don’t miss the Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens in the fall!
Located in central Tokyo and home to as many as 480 maple trees, the Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens is known for its majestic beauty. Especially when the leaves turn color, Daisensui, Togetsukyo, and Oigawa, the gardens’ miniature replications of famous sites, are must-visit places. An array of events will be held from late November to early December.
From Saturday, November 21 to Sunday, December 6
Sunday, Nov. 22, from 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (about 30 minutes each) *To be cancelled in case of rain or strong wind
Puppets operated by strings dance gracefully in the traditional “Edo Ito Ayatsuri Ningyo (Edo String Marionette).”
Edo marionette play
Sunday, Nov. 29
from 11 a.m., 12 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
(about 45 minutes each)
The 3 p.m. session will be performed in English.
Participants can watch the preparation of tea and enjoy “matcha” green tea.
Free (Gardens admission fee required)
Eda Roshin (Grand Tea Master of Rinsenji group of Sekishu school), Eda Rogetsu tea master and students Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens Preservation Society
Registration starts one hour before each session, and the first 25 registrants can participate (15 people for 3 p.m.).
Tea ceremony (2014)
Tea ceremony in English (2014)
Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (about 60 minutes each) *To be cancelled in case of rain
Hitotsu-matsu, Yoseki stone
“Yukitsuri” (traditional method of rope supports to protect trees from snow) with explanation of the technique in Japanese
Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (about 30 minutes each) *To be cancelled in case of rain
Traditional performances dating back to the Edo period
Maruichi Senoh troupe
Tour the gardens with volunteer guides
Every day from Nov. 21 to Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (about 60 minutes each) *To be cancelled in case of rain
Weeping Cherry Square
Every Saturday, from 10 a.m. (about 60 minutes) *To be cancelled in case of rain
Weeping Cherry Square
Every day from Nov. 21 to Dec. 6 except for Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. *To be cancelled in case of rain
Plants for sale
Every day from Nov. 21 to Dec. 6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. *To be cancelled in case of rain
Pine grove / gift shop near Garden Office
Sale of snacks/drinks, as well as specialties of Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture