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“Strollong style Japanese garden”
Review of Kiyosumi Teien

Kiyosumi Teien
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

This is a nice strollong style Japanese garden. You can buy special food at the store inside and feed Koi, turtles and dukcs at the pond. I think you are not supposed to feed the food you brougut in. I've never seen such big Koi in other places. Off course you can brong your lunch in and feed yourself too. If you don't have much time in Tokyo, this garden in not the first choice, but if you just want to unwind, this is the place to go.

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Reviewed April 6, 2012

This garden is to have its origins as the residence of the Edo Period business magnate, Kinokuniya Bunzaemon. It became the location of the Edo residence of the feudal lord Kuze Yamatonokami, of Sekiyado (presently north of Chiba Prefecture), who built his mansion and a garden in 1721. After the Meiji Restoration, Iwasaki Yataro, the founder of Mitsubishi, acquired the land. In 1878, he ordered the garden rebuilt to use it for recreation of his employees and entertainment of important guests. Hills and waterless waterfalls were constructed and 55 rocks from all over Japan were brought in. The garden and the Western-style Mansion was completely burned out by the fire of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, but the property provided refuge for citizens. In 1932, the Mitsubishi Group donated the repaired part of the garden to the City of Tokyo; other parts were used for the construction of the public library. Another half of the original garden survives today as a free public park.
This splendid garden (which rivals another great Japanese garden Rikugien in Komagome) is about 3 minutes walk from Shirakawa-Kiyosumi metro station. It is built around a lake in traditional Japanese style. For the up-keeping of trees, turf, etc., entrance fee of 150 yen is collected at the entrance. You can bring your own lunch box. You can buy food for the koi carp and turtles at a shop just after the entrance. If you visit this garden, it is also recommended to go to Fukagawa Edo Shiryokan which is a small museum that has a reproduced town alley of old Edo Period.

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Reviewed April 2, 2012

Tokyo is quite a busy place and may make you feel tired if you stay there for a while..
Kiyosumi Teien may give you some quiet and relaxing time.

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Reviewed December 1, 2011

I live near here so I bought an annual pass worth 600yen (4 trips will make this ticket worthwhile). I went during mid-Spring and late Summer. I gotta say the garden did not change much in between those times. The garden has a circular layout with one passageway detouring to a picnic area. Inside the circle is the big pond and a Japanese-style house where one can buy some sweets and tea to consume while looking at the pond. Walking at a leisurely pace will make you finish the place in an hour. The center is the pond and it is so gorgeous, it is so wide, so calm and quiet that looking at it makes you fall silent and in a contemplative mood. You can sit on some benches for a long time just observing the pond and the whole surroundings. What I like about this place is how time slows by and you see people engage in activities in a relaxed pace. You will see amateur artists crouching at some spots with their tools scattered placed around them, drawing the scenery. Elder couples feeding the turtles and many big fish in the pond (sometimes you can spot an unusual bird on the bonsai). Children and their parent walking on the stone paths at a playful ease. Middle-aged women unpacking their bentos to eat and perusing a book afterwards. However, there are sections that are still under construction that can distract you from getting into that calm mood. On both of my visits, there are workmen giving some trees a haircut. Two areas seem to off limits: one is a hut made unstable by the 3/11 quake and the other garden pocket I am not sure why. Three pockets of the garden seem to be untended and neglected- overgrown bushes; a small pond with no water and overgrown with weeds; tall grass on the picnic spot making it unpleasant to step on and eat your bento there. On my second visit, it was the same case. Wonder if the park does not have the budget to tend to those things... Be aware that while the park does not get that crowded even on weekends, there may be queues forming as the walk is narrow and people have to give way to the opposite traffic to pass. You may also not have place to sit. But yes, the pond, nothing quite like it!

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