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Entrance to Koishikawa Korakuen Garden. It opened as a public garden in 1938. The garden is modeled after Chinese concepts and features.Near Iiidabashi Station and Korakuen Station.
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Ticket office at Koishikawa Korakuen Garden. Admission 300 yen. Free English pamphlet/map available.
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Map of garden. Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is designated as one of Japan's Special Historic Place and Special Scenic Spot. Only select places in Japan (like Kyoto's Kinkakuji) have both designations. 国の特別史跡・特別名勝
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Weeping cherry tree
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo. 枝垂桜
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This weeping cherry tree is about 60 years old.
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo.
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo. Called "Shidare-sakura" in Japanese meaning cherry tree with drooping branches.
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With Tokyo Dome looming above, Koishikawa Korakuen is another famous Edo-Period Japanese garden originally built by Lord Yorifusa of the Mito Tokugawa Clan in 1629 as part of his Edo estate.The garden was completed under Lord Mitsukuni, the second lord of the Mito clan.
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Shorozan hill 小廬山
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Tokyo Dome in the background. The garden is right next to Tokyo Dome.
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Larger weeping cherry tree.
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo.
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Weeping cherries
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Weeping cherry tree and Tsutenkyo Bridge 通天橋
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Tsutenkyo Bridge 通天橋
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Large weeping cherry tree しだれ桜
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Folding screen (byobu) rock 屏風岩
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Tsutenkyo Bridge 通天橋
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View from Tsutenkyo Bridge 通天橋
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Tokujindo Hall which stores wooden statues from old Chinese stories. 得仁堂
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Koishikawa Korakuen Garden has a circular design around a pond and low hill. 回遊式庭園
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Picnic area
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Cherry trees line the Osensui pond. 大泉水
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In the background is Horaijima island (not accessible). 蓬莱島
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Shiraito Waterfall. Nothing spectacular. 白糸の滝
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Iris bed. Should come back in June.
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Colorful flowers break the monotony of greenery. ハナモモ
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Ornamental peaches (Hanamomo in Japanese) ハナモモ
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White ornamental peaches (Hanamomo in Japanese) look like cotton on branches. ハナモモ
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White ornamental peaches ハナモモ
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Eight-plank Bridge 八つ橋
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Engetsukyo Bridge (Full Moon Bridge) 円月橋
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Stone bridge steps 円月橋
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Engetsukyo Bridge (Full Moon Bridge) so named because it creates full moon with its reflection in the water. 円月橋
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Kuhachi-ya 九八屋
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Naitei Inner Garden, formerly a private garden for a guesthouse built by the Mito Clan. The garden just does not match the huge Tokyo Dome in the background... 内庭
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The Osensui Pond was modeled after Lake Biwa in Shiga Pref.
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Picnickers
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Outside wall of garden.
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The outside wall also uses stones from the Sotobori Moat of Edo Castle.
   
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