Former Yasuda garden – Japanese garden near the Edo-Tokyo Museum & Ryogoku Kokugikan

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The Former Yasuda garden is a Daimyo garden in Sumida Ward, Tokyo.

It is behind the Edo-Tokyo museum, but it is not crowded, and it is a recommended place relax that is quiet and laid back.

Admission is always free.
Now, I will show you around this garden with photos.

The history of the Former Yasuda garden

Former Yasuda garden – Japanese garden near the Edo Tokyo Museum Ryogoku Kokugikan –

“Yasuda” is Yasuda Zaibatsu, Japanese rich family.

A person who built this garden was Daimyo Honda of Edo period.

In the Meiji Era founder of Yasuda Zaibatsu, Mr. Zenjirou Yasuda became the owner of this garden.

After his death, his bereaved families donated it to Tokyo.

Current owner is Sumida Ward which is one of the districts of Tokyo.

Entrance of the Former Yasuda garden

As you go through the natural Japanese taste garden course you can see the pond.

Former Yasuda garden – Japanese garden near the Edo Tokyo Museum Ryogoku Kokugikan

Pond in the garden

The protagonist of this garden is a pond.

Originally it drew water from the Sumida river and represented the tides of the ocean.

In the Edo period, it was popular to take in seawater directly from the ocean into garden ponds.

The people were able to enjoy the changing water levels of the pond in the garden thanks to the changing tides of the ocean.

The current garden ponds change the water level by an underground reservoir tank to achieve the same effect.

The trace of the gate of the Edo period still remains.

Former Yasuda garden – Japanese pond

You can get close to the pond freely.

Former Yasuda garden – Japanese garden carp

Like many Japanese ponds, carp is swimming. Not only carp but also something black are swimming in the pond …

Watch closely, there was a large amount!

Turtles!

Former Yasuda garden – Japanese garden turtles

When you stand on the other side of the pond, the Tokyo sky tree looks clearly.

Former Yasuda garden – Japanese garden near the Edo Tokyo Museum Ryogoku Kokugikan

There is a Yukimi lantern at the edge of the pond.

Former Yasuda garden – Japanese garden yikimi

Long ago, people would have enjoyed the change of the tide level with these cobblestone appearances.

As you climb up a small place on the west side of the pond …

There is just a little shrine.

Former Yasuda garden – Japanese garden inari

During the Edo era, when the Sumida River flooded, Samurai Abe crossed the river with a horse and investigated the damage situation around here.

People honored his courage and made this shrine for him.

This is a traditional Japanese style bridge.

Former Yasuda garden – Japanese garden taiko-bridge-re

The Former Yasuda garden is a typical Japanese garden, not a place to enjoy flowers, but the seasonal flowers are in bloom in some places.

Hydrangea was beautifully colored at the beginning of July.

Former Yasuda garden flower

The Former Yasuda Garden in Snow

Winter in 2018, Tokyo is record cold.

It’s snow again today.

Former Yasuda garden – winter

Waterfowls come to the pond in winter.

Former Yasuda garden – winter

Arc drawing bridge in snow.

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Because of cold waves that came over in succession, Japan is very cold now.

But I found that plum tree buds were swelling.

It’s immediately before the season of cherry blossoms when plums bloom.

Former Yasuda garden – winter4

Enjoy Japan.

The Former Yasuda garden is a quiet and restful place where no one imagines that a highway is passing nearby.

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is quite tiring when seeing all the exhibits.

It is good to use rest areas and cafes in the museum, but it is also very nice to take a rest while looking at the pond in the Japanese garden behind the museum.

Please enjoy Japan.

Access to the Former Yasuda garden

From JR Ryogoku Station

Leave the West Exit and turn right.

Go past the Ryogoku Kokugikan and go a little. Then you see the east entrance of the Former Yasuda garden on the right side of the way.

From the Ooedo Subway Line Ryogoku Station or the Edo-Tokyo Museum

I recommend you to exit the A3 exit of the subway station.

There is a green road on the left side of the exit.

Former Yasuda garden –route

As you cross the green road towards the back side of the museum, the road will branch like this, so you can go to the road on the right tile pavement.

Former Yasuda garden – Japanese garden near the Edo Tokyo Museum route2

↑turn right

When you turn left at the end of the tiled road,

Former Yasuda garden – Japanese garden near the Edo Tokyo Museum route3
↑turn left

you can find a gate of the Former Yasuda Garden.

Former Yasuda garden –route4

Information on the Former Yasuda garden

MAP 12-1, Yokoami1chome, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours 9:00 am – 16:30 pm
Holidays December 29 – January 1

Entrance fee is free.

    • You cannot bring a dog.
    • You cannot ride a bicycle.
    • It is not permitted to enter the lawn.
    • There is no car park.