[Tokyo]This is the perfect opportunity for the solo traveler to enjoy Komagome’s culture

[Tokyo]This is the perfect opportunity for the solo traveler to enjoy Komagome’s culture

[東京]おひとりさまにぴったりな、駒込のカルチャーめぐり

Enjoy Komagome to your heart’s content

A touring guide to Komagome, where the old and new intermingle.

[Tokyo]This is the perfect opportunity for the solo traveler to enjoy Komagome’s culture.

Step off the main road to find yourself in the subdued residential districts of Komagome. While it may at first glance appear like any regular town to the uninitiated, you will soon encounter areas with old Edo period town homes and numerous historical points of interest.
 Two such spots are gardens now recognized nationally: the Rokugien Gardens and the Kyu-Furukawa Gardens. You will find thriving trees, flowers, and shrubs in vivid colors, the sound of water splashing from a waterfall, stones placed along the riverbanks and shore, small roads extending into the distance, and more. These subtle visual details of the landscapers of yore will leave you spellbound. Just gazing at these gardens is enough to soothe body and mind. Immediately adjacent to the Rokugien Gardens is the Toyo Bunko Museum, new bookshops, and other places to delve into the world of reading. If you get a bit hungry on your walk, there are eateries where you can grab some quick take-out. You could take your food to the gardens or snack on it while you walk.
 If you want to see everything that Komagome has to offer on your own schedule, traveling solo is a great option. While traveling with someone is great, solo travel lets you have your own itinerary and pace, letting you savor the culture your way. You can decide where you want to go next on the spur of the moment, unfettered by others.

Immerse yourself in Japanese poetry

The Rokugien Gardens feature a large fountain ensconced among the greenery. Colored carp swim past, and turtles dry their shells in the sun atop the rocks.

You’ll find tons of carp in the pond!

〈Rikugien Gardens〉

The Rokugien Gardens are recognized nationally as among one of the two signature Edo-period gardens. They are styled as a strolling garden with a large central pond. The scenery here, created over the span of seven years by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, the aide to Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, the fifth-generation shogun, is a paean to the world of Japanese poetry that appears in the Kokin Wakashu collection of poems.

At Fukiage no Chaya, you can savor a set of matcha tea and Japanese sweets while gazing at the pond. Matcha set: ¥510 (tax included)

The grounds contain various routes and are so spacious as to accommodate walking tours that take 1-1.5 hours.

Rikugien Gardens

6-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku
Tel:03-3941-2222
Open:9:00-17:00 (Entry until 16:30)
Closed: Year-end holidays (December 29 to January 1)
Entrance fee: ¥300 (65 and over: ¥150)
(No charge for primary school children or younger, and junior high school students living or attending school in Tokyo)

An East meets West collaboration!

The Western-style residence and rose garden were the dwelling of the Koga family and were built by Josiah Conder, the British architect known as the designer of the Rokumeikan.

The rose garden in front of the residence features some 100 varieties of colorful roses.

〈Kyu-Furukawa Gardens〉

The Kyu-Furukawa Gardens enjoys a blend of Eastern and Western styles. Drawing on the advantages offered by an undulating landscape, you will find a Western-style building atop a hill as soon as you enter. On a slope is a Western garden, and then a Japanese garden on a lower plot. The grounds are spacious and take 30-40 minutes to walk through. This is a rare spot in which a Taisho period garden is preserved in its virgin state.

Kyu-Furukawa Gardens

1-27-39 Nishigahara,Kita-ku
Tel:03-3910-0394
Open:9:00-17:00 (Entry until 16:30)
Closed: Year-end holidays (December 29 to January 1)
Entrance fee: ¥150 (65 and over: ¥70)
(No charge for primary school children or younger, and junior high school students living or attending school in Tokyo)

Source: metropolitana