Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens

Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens tokyo

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Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens is located in Taito district in Tokyo. The garden was built by the Iwasaki family who were the founders of Mitsubishi. The garden features 3 main buildings; the western-style building, billiard house, and Japanese-style building. Throughout the western building and billiard house, you can appreciate the craftsmanship of British artist, Josiah Conder, who designed these 2 structures. These 3 buildings have been recognized as a part of Important Cultural Asset in Japan.

There is also a small souvenir store inside where you can purchase bookmarks, postcards, and sweets etc. For taking a quick break from walking around the garden, there is also a small café that offers Italian ice cream dessert and cheesecake; Matcha flavor dessert is a must-try!

The garden offers free guided tour twice a day every day. In addition, the garden also offers a free tour in English for international visitors 1st Saturday of every month; this is perhaps the best way to really understand and appreciate the garden’s history and its structure.

The garden is easily accessible by train, as it is conveniently located within the walking distance from various train stations. It is open year-round, with the exception of year-end (December 29th through January 1st each year). The regular admission fee is 400 yen, but you can also purchase an annual pass for 1,600 yen.  Alternatively, there is an annual pass that gives you an access to 9 different gardens in Tokyo for 4,000 yen.

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