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Happoen Garden

Shinagawa / Gotanda
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Address: 1-1-1 Shirokanedai, Minato 108-8631, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3443-3111
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Always fun to find an oasis amongst the skyscrapers of Tokyo even on a winter's afternoon. I was grateful for the guide of the garden given to me by a friendly, English speaking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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198 reviews 198 reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Always fun to find an oasis amongst the skyscrapers of Tokyo even on a winter's afternoon. I was grateful for the guide of the garden given to me by a friendly, English speaking guard at the entrance. I loved the stone steps which took me to tea-houses, across streams filled with giant carp, past bonsai trees and to quiet areas... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We stopped here on our Hato Bus tour. It is a small oasis of green amongst the grey buildings. It is a very pretty formal garden with a fish filled lake surrounded by colourful maples, a collection of very old Bonsai trees, temples, and a wedding chapel. It is very popular with couples having their wedding photos taken, particularly if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Happoen is a gorgeous garden in western Tokyo. Often used for events such as weddings and parties, the facilities include several restaurants and many paths winding through Japanese gardens. Worth going to for a drink, or if you are invited to an event - go!

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

These gardens are just exquisite - especially in autumn; the colours were amazing. The gardens are not very big and are in the middle of the City but you would never guess that when you get inside. I would strongly recommend taking a traditional tea ceremony - bookings are necessary to make sure you don't miss out. The ceremony is... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We visited this garden during our holiday trip to Tokyo. Our visit was part of a Tokyo tour that we had taken. The good thing about visiting this garden is one gets to kill 2 birds with one stone, included within the same premise is a small hut where one can witness a traditional tea ceremony. The main entrance of... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Who would have thought there would be such exquisite gardens nestled in the heart of busy Tokyo? And no admission fee either. We visited impulsively, but I wish we'd planned in advance and made reservations for their tea ceremony. We couldn't get in one at a convenient time.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Just at the entrance passage you will be greeted by bonsai trees. Walking further inside then you see a pond with many beautiful koi fish, vivid in color! It was peak of autumn in Tokyo then red maple trees were standing along the pond, giving some accent to every picture taken. Highly recommend you to participate in the tea ceremony... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Here you are small 4K Video of the place ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v94kpKUFvOY Happo-en is far from your average gorgeous hidden Japanese garden in central Tokyo. While its history still eludes me, it is said that Happo-en was the cherished mansion of Ōkubo Tadataka throughout his life 1560~1639 (also known as Ōkubo Hikozaemon). It is however after 1951 that Happo-en became what... More 

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Minato, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Incredible Japanese garden and nice meeting/wedding/reception facilities. Great service and super friendly staff.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The most striking and unusual sight in the garden is the large number of extremely old bonsai trees! Some of the trees and over 1,000 years old. The ponds and the water fall are very nice even in the winter, so make sure you bring a camera. The entrance is free.

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Shinagawa / Gotanda
In Shinagawa, an office district shares space with luxury residential buildings and the scene is constantly changing with rapid development. Ikedayama park and Togoshi park are great places to see beautiful traditional Japanese gardens with ponds, as well as enjoy the changing seasons. Shinagawa was a post and a port town during the Edo era and the lavish old Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples at Shinagawa and Ebara are very popular. It's a great place to get in touch with the old Edo atmosphere on a pleasure boat cruising along the canal. The neighboring area around Gotanda station is a study in modern contrasts filled with unique restaurants and a lively nightlife.