The 3 Best Gardens In Japan [2021] Tankensuru Japan Blogs

The 3 Best Gardens In Japan

Written By Vahan Rickards 

Published By Tankensuru Japan 

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Japan’s gardens aren’t usually well known by people outside of Japan. It’s usually sushi, technology and cities that jump to mind when someone is asked to describe Japan. But Japan’s gardens are debatably the best in the world, with wonderful architecture, precise plants, and thoughtful layouts. Find out what makes them special, and when and where you can see these fabulous gardens in this blog.                                                                source -



What Makes The Gardens Special? 

Japan is a very seasonal nation, and the calendar actually has 24 seasons, which are in turn broken into micro seasons, such as ‘evening call of the cicadas’. Each season has specific plants that emerge while others die until next season, so it would be tricky to create a garden that had plants that remained all year round. What Japan has done instead is design gardens that merge all these plants into one space, so that when one dies, the next season’s is the only one you can see. The gardens themselves symbolize renewal, calm and wonder through mono no aware, the idea that nothing is permanent but something else good will come. 


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  1. Kenrokuen (Kanazawa)

Possibly the best and most traditional garden in Japan, Kenrokuen is best known for the six (six is ‘roku’ in Japanese) attributes that make up its name. Spaciousness, scenic views, history, tranquility, abundant water and subtlety are the things that are said to make this garden stand out, and as you wander the paths you’ll see why. In the winter months, ‘yukitsuri’ are placed around special trees to protect them from snow, and if you visit in the dark, this is a spectacular sight. Also, the garden is only a 15 minute walk from Kanazawa station, so it’s easily accessible if you’re visiting. 


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  1. Shinjuku Gyoen (Tokyo)

One of the most visited parks in Tokyo, this spectacular get away from the buzz of the city welcomes hundreds of people every day. Located right in the centre of the biggest city in the world, you couldn’t tell you were in Tokyo once you step through the tranquil gates and wander down one of the many green paths. Perhaps different to other gardens, Shinjuku Gyoen offers large lawns for picnics or chilling with friends, and is only a 10 minute walk from Shinjuku station. 


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  1. Kinkakuji Temple (Kyoto)

One of the most visited temples in Japan, Kinkakuji temple, or ‘Golden Temple’ is often the only thing visitors come to see. However, if you walk slightly further down the beautiful paths, you’ll find one of the best gardens in Japan. With certain areas dedicated to specific plants or ideas, and many dainty bridges dotted around the park for watching Koi fish, this is truly the park to visit if you’re in the area. 


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 Special Mention!
Hitachi Seaside Park (Ibaraki)

This stunning and unique park is just 1 and a half hours from central Tokyo, so a short train ride should get you into the area, where there are plenty of activities, and of course, the seaside. By far the best time to visit is in the spring, when more than 4.5 million ‘nemophila’ plants burst into bloom and make this spot unique. All these gardens listed, however, are just ideas for your visit to Japan. At the end of the day, any Japanese garden is sure to immerse you in a wonderful, unforgettable experience. 


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