The natural wonders of Japan’s mountains, sea, and villages are condensed into Tokugawaen, the feudal lord’s garden
The site of the former Ozone residence, Tokugawaen is one of the pieces of cultural heritage which has been passed down in the Owari-Tokugawa family. It was originally built in 1695 as a retreat for Mitsutomo, the second feudal lord of the Owari clan, one of the three major branches of the Tokugawa family. The chisen-kaiyushiki Japanese garden, which extends across an area of approximately 2.3 hectares in total, features trees arranged across an undulating landscape. Its imposing arrangements of large rocks, Ozone Falls, the mountain stream, Ryusen Lake, the peony garden, and the iris field are arranged to mimic the Kiso mountains, Mikawa Bay sea, and villages, and in this way natural landscapes and scenery are condensed in the lord’s feudal garden. The solemnity lent by plants such as fresh greenery and autumn foliage, flowers such as peonies and irises, and Japanese maple and mountain maple in fall has been passed down to the present day.
|Posted photos||Main The chisen-kaiyushiki garden features numerous highlights located around Ryusen Lake, which represents the sea
Right The Kuromon Gate, built entirely from zelkova, which recalls the vestiges of a samurai residence
|Address||1001 Tokugawa-cho, Higashi Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi|
|Phone||Tokugawaen Administration Office
+81-52-935-8988 (Japanese only)
|Opening hours||9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (last admissions are 30 minutes before closing time)|
|Holidays||Every Monday (the following day if Monday is a holiday), year-end and New Years|
|Admission fee||Adults / high school students / university students 300 yen
Junior high school student age and under Free
|Access||Take the Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus Me-guru from "Nagoya Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 35 minutes, and alight at the nearby "Tokugawaen / Tokugawa Bijutsukan / Hosa Bunko”.
* The Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus Me-guru is not in service on every Monday (or the next weekday if Monday is a holiday), year-end and New Years (December 29th to January 3rd).
updated on Mar 30, 2018
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