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“Don't forget your camera for this park!💞”
Review of Tonogayato Garden

Tonogayato Garden
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Kokubunji
Certificate of Excellence
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Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Don't forget your camera for this park!💞”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

An oasis in a busy city! Beautiful trails, fish ponds and gardens! Take the time, its very relaxing, and beautiful! The day we went was a little chilly and overcast but it was still exceptional! My pictures will follow!

Visited May 2014
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La Mesa, CA.
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“Lovely small garden, with a bit of history, and NO crowds.”
Reviewed 3 February 2013

This park/garden is located about 100 meters east of the south exit of the Kokubunji Station on the Chuo Line in Tokyo. It is very easy to get to and is located on the south side of the street. There is no public parking so take the train.

It is the site of a "country home" of the Iwasaki family who owned one of the pre-war zaibatsu. There is a small house, open to the public and an enchanting set of gardens. Spring brings a few but not an abundance of cherry blossoms, summer the usual assortment of seasonal flowers with an excellent stand of timber bamboo as well as hagi, bush clover, in the late summer covering an arbor through which you can walk. The fall proper is quite excellent with very nice maple trees scattered about the garden.

There are several natural springs as this was on the edge of the Musashi escarpment and springs abound in this area. In addition there is an excellent tea house where you can sit and take in the view of the lower garden, small pond and a small waterfall. Tea is not served to the public although you can arrange to rent the tea house. There seems to be no restriction if you want to buy a lunch at the station and eat it on the large balcony while enjoying the view.

Because it is on the edge of the escarpment I can not recommend it for someone in a wheel chair since about 1/2 of the garden is not accessible.

As this is technically one of Tokyo's public parks the admission fee is quite low, with a substantial discount for seniors.

I have been there a number of times, and taken guests on several of my trips, all of whom seem to have enjoyed the day. Closed on Mondays and Tuesday following a national holiday. I have never been there when it was crowded in the least, one of Tokyo's secret little places not known even to most Japanese.

I recommend this as a 1/2 day trip, although if you want to make a full day of it you can walk about 1,000 meters to the site of the original Kanto Kokubunji Temple which has a few original buildings and one very impressive surviving gate. There is a map at the station exit showing how to reach the temple which is also on the south side of the station but to the west.

Visited November 2012
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Favorite Park in Tokyo -- bamboo lovers' must-see”
Reviewed 25 July 2012

The Tonogaya Park is tiny, tucked away (a short walk south from the Kokubunji station), and largely free of tourists. Despite its size, it had more beautiful trees, ponds, flowers, and scenery of any garden I went to in Tokyo. What drew us to this park, however, is the fact that it has a bamboo grove. I don't know of any other park right in the heart of Tokyo that has bamboo like this: stunning! We decided against a trip to Kyoto to see the bamboo forest, so we needed a place in Tokyo to see bamboo and this park was perfect. We took so many pictures there -- definitely my favorite park in Tokyo!

Visited June 2012
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