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    Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is a beautiful historic traditional Japanese garden in the Kaiyu-shiki-teien or promenade style with a pond and a pair of hills which represent Mount Lu in China. Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is one of only seven sites in Japan that is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and Special Historic Site. Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is one of only two remaining Japanese gardens in Tokyo from the Edo Period that were developed by one of the powerful clans of the time. The other being Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden.

    Wisteria in bloom - Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

    Wisteria in bloom – Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

    Construction of Koishikawa Korakuen Garden started in 1629 by the Daimyo, Tokugawa Yorifusa, the eleventh son of Tokugawa Ieyasu (the first Tokugawa shogun). Tokugawa Yorifusa was also known as Yorifusa Mito. Koishikawa Korakuen Garden design started in the Kyoto style, but it was completed by his successor,  Tokugawa Mitsukuni (Mitsukuni Mito), in a Chinese style. Koishikawa Korakuen Garden shows many Chinese design elements including the name; “Koraku” means “enjoying afterwards” from the Chinese teaching. Other Chinese design elements include the distinctive shaped rocks which follow the garden style of the time from the region south of the Yangtze River in China.

    Two Japanese girls in kimonos enjoying a picnic in Koishikawa Korankuen Garden

    Two Japanese girls in kimonos enjoying a picnic in Koishikawa Korankuen Garden

    Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is close to Tokyo University, who now owns the park, in the Bunkyo ward of Tokyo.

    Tsutenkyo Bridge - Koishikawa Korankuen

    Tsutenkyo Bridge – Koishikawa Korankuen

    Tsutenkyo Bridge crosses a surprisingly deep 15m (50 foot) rocky ravine with water flowing through. There is a stone path leading to each side of Tsutenkyo Bridge. The color of the bridge really stands out against the green of the trees surrounding and grey of the rocks behind and below.

    Engetsu-kyo Bridge - Koishikawa Korankuen

    Engetsu-kyo Bridge – Koishikawa Korankuen

    Engetsu-kyo Bridge is a Chinese style “full moon bridge”, where the image of the full moon is created by the reflection of the bridge’s half arch in the water below.

    Stone bridge over lake in Koishikawa Korankuen

    Stone bridge over lake in Koishikawa Korankuen

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