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Parks and Gardens in Tokyo | Kyu-Furukawa Gardens

Tokyo has some public gardens which used to be a residence of noble families. Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, located in Kita-ku Ward in the northern Tokyo, is one of those former residences and is known for the classic house and its garden in authentic western style.

In 2018, the Kyu-Furukawa Gardens has celebrated the hundredth anniversary.

The Kyu-Furukawa Garden (Kyu-Furukawa Teien Garden) was built in 1919 by Furukawa Toranosuke, the noble who owned the residence at that time. After the owner was left, there were several twists and turns over 30 years, and the residence once became a like a haunted house. In 1989, Tokyo Metropolitan government, the current owner (operator), compleated the 7-year restoration and the residence is now open to the public as a lovely garden place.

The uniqueness comes from the harmony of classic gardens in different styles.

The Kyu-Furukawa Gardens has two gardens, one is a western garden, and other is a Japanese garden. The western garden (and the house) were designed by the English architect Josiah Condor (1852 to 1920) who is known for many important buildings he created in Tokyo between the late 19th and the early 20th century. The Japanese garden was created by a renowned garden designer Ogawa Jihei, alias Niwashi-Ueji (1860 to 1933) who came from Kyoto.


Western Garden


Japanese Garden

The rose garden attracts visitors in Spring and Autumn

The rose garden attracts visitors in Spring and Autumn
The Kyu-Furukawa Gardens boasts its rose garden, has 199 roses in 100 different varieties. In May and October, rose festivals take place in the garden. One of the reasons why this rose garden is so popular is that the admission fee is only 150 JP Yen. Since it will get so crowded with many visitors during the season on weekends, it is suggested that those who like viewing roses with ”Zen" atmosphere visit weekdays if possible.


The rose garden lies in front of the classic house standing on the hill

There is a cafe inside of the building

Tours to look around inside of the building are available for people who applied by mail in advance. The fee is 800 Yen per person, and the available language is Japanese. To find detailed info, see their official website.

Getting there

7-min walk from JR Kami-Nakasato Station on the JR Keihin-tohoku Line
OR
7-min walk from Nishigahara Station on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line
OR
12-min walk from JR Komagome Station on the JR Yamanote Line
OR
18-min walk from Asukayama Stop of the Toden Streetcar
OR
20-min walk from JR Oji Station

Attractions near Kyu-Furukawa Gardens

Rikugien Garden
On the way to the Kyu-Furukawa Gardens from JR Komagome Station, people often visit Rikugien Garden too.
Related article: Rikugien Garden
Oji Area
It can be a good strolling to walk from Oji Station to the garden. Oji is a greenery town having many attractions.
Related article: Attractions in Oji

Google Maps :
Kyu-Furukawa Gardens

https://goo.gl/maps/ynMsr9L4pTq

Information

Kyu-Furukawa GardenIns (Kyu-Furukawa Teien)
Official information (PDF)
http://teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/download/pdf/pamphlet_huru.pdf
Official website
http://teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/kyu-furukawa/index.html

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