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Happoen Garden

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Address: 1-1-1 Shirokanedai, Minato 108-8631, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3443-3111
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Remarkable that this gem is free

To begin, the entrance to the garden is free. Then, as one walks in, the first thing that one encounters are bonsai trees, some over 500 years old. Then, further into the garden... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
Greenwich, Connecticut
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

To begin, the entrance to the garden is free. Then, as one walks in, the first thing that one encounters are bonsai trees, some over 500 years old. Then, further into the garden there is a remarkable koi pond. The day we were there we saw spot billed ducks, turtles and and some very colorful koi. This location is also... More 

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Tokyo is littered with stunning gardens. This one is more tranquil than the rest. It is gorgeous in all seasons and best in the morning for fewer people. If you love Japanese gardens, get 'The Flower Lover's Guide to Tokyo'. This book tells you which gardens are best to visit in which month and for what reason. I lived in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Just a beautiful space. Go early and try to enjoy the peace on offer. The tea house is incredible and the little pagoda is the perfect place to pass the time.

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We always seek out Japanese Gardens when we travel. This one is the best! There were even a couple of bonsai more than 500 years old. The whole garden was simply beautiful. The Christian Chapel is worth a peek inside.

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Danbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Came here as a part of a bike tour with Miracle Cycling. Garden is incredibly lush and peaceful - even more beautiful due to the cherry blossoms in full bloom. There is a stunning collection of bonsai trees, quite impressive. The pond in the center is full of giant koi and it's fun to walk out on the stones to... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

If a tea ceremony is in your sked, do it here. Thrush cafe is also known for its excellent brunch with Rose wine included. Check its website

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San Francisco, California
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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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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.
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