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December 28, 2018

Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association
Bureau of Construction

“Information on Opening for the New Year”, Tokyo Metropolitan Gardens

8 Tokyo Metropolitan Gardens will open from January 2, 2019. We are having variety of events that suit New Year. Please visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Gardens with your family and friends and enjoy the New Year.

1. “Festive New Year Celebrations at Hamarikyu Gardens”, Hamarikyu Gardens

(1) A hawk flying high in the New Year’s sky! Hawking demonstration

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    11 am and 2 pm (for about 60 minutes) *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    Uchibori square
  • Description
    Traditional hawking performance is held in this place, which used to be the Otakaba (hawking ground) of the shogun’s family in the old days.
    *Before and after the hawking performance, aikido demonstration is also performed.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
Picture 1 of the event
Hawking (in the past event)

 

(2) Fun square

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    10 am to 3:30 pm *Canceled in case of heavy weather
  • Venue
    Open Square
  • Description
    Enjoy the traditional game experiences such as hanetsuki (players hit a shuttlecock with battledores) and top spinning.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
Picture 2 of the event
Fun square (At the last year’s event)

 

(3) Memorial photo shooting at Tsubame-no-Ochaya!

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    10 am to 3:30 pm *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    Tsubame-no-Ochaya
  • Description
    The building features 24 pieces of kugikakushi* in a sparrow design. The upper side of the stepped floor of the tea house is open for memorial photo shooting.
    *Kugikakushi is a metal decorative object which conceals the head of nails stuck on a horizontal piece of timber used in Japanese-style rooms.
  • Notes
    • No photo-shooting staff is in service. Please do not use camera stands such as a tripod and a monopod inside the building.
    • Visitors are requested to take off their shoes and wear socks when entering the tea house.
    • Because of the small area, the access is limited to visitors who wish to take a memorial shot. Visitors are requested to refrain from entering the tea house only for seeing. Visitors may be requested to make a queue for photo shooting depending on their number.
Picture 3 of the event
Tsubame-no-Ochaya

 

(4) Guided garden tour

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    10 am and 1 pm (for about 60 minutes) *Canceled in case of rain
  • Meeting place
    In front of Garden Office
  • Description
    Volunteer guides give you a guided tour around the gardens. Enjoy a stroll.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed

(5) “Matsu-no-Ochaya” Special Guide

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    10:00 am, 10:45 am, 11:30 am, 12:15 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:15 pm. *Canceled in case of rain
  • Meeting place
    Matsu-no-Ochaya (pine tree tea house)
  • Description
    In the tea house, volunteer guides give you an introduction to the history of Gardens and how to enjoy the tea house.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    First 25 people for each session

(6) Light meals and drinks sales

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    10 am to 4 pm *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    Uchibori square
  • Description
    Enjoy the Shogun-no-zoni (a soup containing rice cakes copying the taste of Shogun Ienari, following the recipe from his diet record and other hot light meals and drinks.

(7) Offering of matcha (green tea)

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    9 am to 4:45 pm (Last order at 4:30 pm)
  • Venue
    Nakajima-no-Ochaya
  • Price
    Matcha with steamed cake: 510 yen, Matcha with jo-namagashi (Japanese fresh confectionery): 720 yen

About Hama-rikyu Gardens

  • Location
    1-1, Hama Rikyu-teien, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
  • Access
    1. Otemon Entrance (North side entrance of the gardens)
      Tsukiji-Shijo Station, Toei O-edo Line (7 minutes on foot)
      Shiodome Station, Toei O-edo Line / Yurikamome Line (7 minutes on foot)
      Shimbashi Station, JR / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line (12 minutes on foot)
    2. Naka-no-gomon Entrance (North-west side entrance of the gardens)
      Exit No. 10, Shiodome Station, Toei O-edo Line / Yurikamome Line (5 minutes on foot)
      JR Hamamatsu-cho Station (15 minutes on foot)
      *No parking lot for general visitors. (Parking area available exclusively for tour buses and vehicles of visitors with disabilities / wheelchair users.)
  • Hours
    Open from 9 am to 5 pm (Entry closed at 4:30 pm)
  • Admission fee
    General: 300 yen / Aged 65 or above: 150 yen
    *Elementary school students or under, and junior high students residing or studying in Tokyo are admitted free.
  • Contact
    Hama-rikyu Garden Office
    Phone: 03-3541-0200 (Only available in Japanese)
  • Website
    Let’s go to the park! Hama-rikyu Gardens (External link)
  • Official Twitter
    Hama-rikyu Gardens @HamarikyuGarden (External link)

2. “Celebrate the New Year in the gardens”, Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens

(1) New Year’s Sanba-so

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    11 am and 1:15 pm (for about 30 minutes) *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    Japanese archery ground
  • Description
    Koraku-an, the Japanese traditional art performance group led by Tazae Mochizuki the second, gives lively Sanbaso performance in celebration of the New Year.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged)
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
  • Sanbaso
    Sanbaso is a traditional art performance, which is said to be older than Noh and Kabuki plays, to pray for a bountiful harvest through dynamic dances with choreography consisting of “stamping the feet on the earth and seeding movements”.
Picture 4 of the event
New Year Sanbaso (At the last year’s event)

 

(2) Traditional games

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    10 am to 3:30 pm *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    In front of the wisteria-trellis
  • Description
    Enjoy the experience of the traditional Japanese games played on the New Year’s holidays such as hanetsuki (players hit a shuttlecock with battledores) and top-spinning.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
Picture 5 of the event
Traditional Japanese games (in the past event)

 

(3) Monomiyusan (sightseeing and pleasure seeking). Guided tour of Gardens

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    12 pm (for about 60 minutes) *Canceled in case of rain
  • Meeting place
    In front of the Garden Office (under the wisteria-trellis).
  • Description
    Volunteer guides give you a guided tour around the Gardens. Enjoy a stroll.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
Picture 6 of the event
Monomiyusan (in the past event)

 

(4) Memorial photo spot children

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    9 am to 4 pm *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    In front of the wisteria-trellis
  • Description
    Children can wear hanten (traditional Japanese short coat) and take a memorial shot.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
Picture 7 of the event
Memorial photo spot for children (in the past event)

 

About Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens

  • Location
    1-4-1 Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • Access
    North Exit of JR Hamamatsu-cho Station (1 minute on foot)
    B2 Exit, Daimon Station, Toei O-edo Line / Toei Asakusa Line (3 minutes on foot)
    *No parking lot for general visitors.
  • Hours
    Open from 9 am to 5 pm (Entry closed at 4:30 pm)
  • Admission fee
    General: 150 yen / Aged 65 or over: 70 yen
    *Elementary school students or under, and junior high students residing or studying in Tokyo are admitted free.
  • Contact
    Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Garden Office
    Phone: 03-3434-4029 (Only available in Japanese)
  • Website
    Let’s go to the park! Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens (External link)
  • Official Twitter
    Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens @Kyushibarikyu (External link)

3. “Celebrating New Year in the daimyo gardens”, Koishikawa Korakuen

(1) Sato-Kagura

  • Date and time
    Thursday, January 3
    11:30 am and 1:30 pm (for about 30 minutes) *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    Matsubara
  • Description
    Enjoy the matsuri-bayasi (Japanese festival music orchestra) performed by Yuya Ishimori, a traditional Japanese music performer who is a graduate of Tokyo University of Arts.
  • Performer
    Yuya Ishimori, traditional Japanese music performer
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
Picture 8 of the event
Sato-kagura (Performance in November)

 

(2) Nostalgic traditional games of New Year

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    10 am to 3:30 pm *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    Matsubara
  • Description
    Enjoy the experience of the traditional Japanese games played on the New Year’s holidays such as hanetsuki (players hit a shuttlecock with battledores) and top-spinning.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
Picture 9 of the event
Nostalgic traditional games of New Year (in the past event)

 

(3) Memorial photoshooting spot

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    10 am to 4 pm *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    Square in front of a weeping cherry tree
  • Description
    A New Year-themed photo spot created by staff of the gardens is open for memorial photoshooting.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
Picture 10 of the event
Memorial photoshooting spot (in the past event)

 

(4) Light meals and drinks sales

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    Open from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Venue
    Shop Aoiya
  • Description
    Light meals and drinks are offered for sale.

(5) Guided garden tour

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    11 am and 2 pm (for about 60 minutes) *Canceled in case of rain
  • Meeting place
    Square in front of a weeping cherry tree
  • Description
    Volunteer guides give you a guided tour around the Gardens. Enjoy a stroll.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed

About Koishikawa Korakuen

  • Location
    1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
  • Access
    • JR Suidobashi Station (West exit) and JR iidabashi Station (East exit) (8 minutes on foot)
    • Iidabashi Station, Toei O-edo Subway Line (Exit C3) (3 minutes on foot)
    • Iidabashi Station (Exit A1), Tokyo Metro Tozai-Line / Namboku-Line / Yurakucho-Line (8 minutes on foot)
    • Korakuen Station (Exit 1), Tokyo Metro Marunouchi-Line / Namboku-Line (8 minutes on foot)
    *No parking lot for general visitors.
  • Hours
    Open from 9 am to 5 pm (Entry closed at 4:30 pm)
  • Admission fee
    General: 300 yen / Aged 65 or above: 150 yen
    *Elementary school students or under, and junior high students residing or studying in Tokyo are admitted free.
  • Contact
    Koishikawa Korakuen Garden Office
    Phone: 03-3811-3015 (Only available in Japanese)
  • Website
    Let’s go to the park! Koishikawa Korakuen (External link)
  • Official Twitter
    Koishikawa Korakuen @KorakuenGarden (External link)

4. “Celebrate the New Year in the gardens”, Rikugien Gardens

(1) Kanda-bayashi and Kotobuki-jishi performances

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2
    10:30 am and 1:30 pm (for about 30 minutes) *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    Square in front of a weeping cherry tree
  • Description
    Kanda-bayashi
    Enjoy the nostalgic Japanese festival music and shishimai (a dance performance with a lion’s mask) performed by Senyon-kai.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
Picture 11 of the event
Kanda-bayashi and Kotobuki-jishi performance (At the last year’s event)

 

(2) Shishimai and Nukui-bayashi

  • Date and time
    Thursday, January 3
    10:30 am and 1:30 pm (for about 30 minutes) *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    Square in front of a weeping cherry tree
  • Description
    Enjoy the shishimai and Nukui-bayashi performance by Meguro School Society for Preservation of Nukui-bayashi.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
Picture 12 of the event
Shishimai and Nukui-bayashi perforamance (At the last year’s event)

 

(3) Flower beds for divine favor

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    Open from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Venue
    Next to Garden Office
  • Description
    The beds of flowers and plants that are all said to be the symbol of good luck, created to pray for happiness for visitors.
Picture 13 of the event
Flower beds for divine favor (At the last year’s event)

 

(4) Guided garden tour

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    11 am and 2 pm (for about 60 minutes) *Canceled in case of rain
  • Meeting place
    Next to Garden Office
  • Description
    Volunteer guides give you a guided tour around the gardens of the New Year. Enjoy a stroll.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed

(5) Memorial photoshooting spot

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    9:30 am to 4:00 pm *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    Next to Garden Office
  • Description
    Visitors can take a memorial photo holding a special lantern of the Gardens in hand and wearing happi (traditional Japanese short coat for festivity occasions).
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed

(6) Matcha and amazake (non-alcohol sweet hot sake) sales

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    9 am to 4:45 pm (Last order at 4:30 pm)
  • Meeting place
    Fukiage-chaya
  • Description
    Visit the tea house for matcha and amazake, and enjoy the good view of the gardens.
  • Price
    Matcha with jo-namagashi (Japanese fresh confectionery): 510 yen, Amazake: 300 yen

About Rikugien Gardens

  • Location
    6-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
  • Access
    • Komagome Station, JR Yamanote Line / Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (7 minutes on foot)
    • Sengoku Station, Toei Mita Line (10 minutes on foot)
    • *No parking lot for general visitors.
  • Hours
    Open from 9 am to 5 pm (Entry closed at 4:30 pm)
  • Admission fee
    General: 300 yen / Aged 65 or above: 150 yen
    *Elementary school students or under, and junior high students residing or studying in Tokyo are admitted free.
  • Contact
    Rikugien Garden Office
    Phone: 03-3941-2222 (Only available in Japanese)
  • Website
    Let’s go to the park! Rikugien Gardens (External link)
  • Official Twitter
    Rikugien Gardens @RikugienGarden (External link)

5. “Spectacles of Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens - The New Year holiday spent in residences colored with Japanese and western flowers”, Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens

(1) Collaboration of the New Year flowers and kinkarakami

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    Open from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Venue
    In the western-style residence and the Japanese-style residence
  • Description
    Inside the residences are beautifully decorated with the New Year flower arrangements and kinkarakami works.
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
  • Sponsored by:
    Kinkarakami Association and Hanafuji flower school
    * “Kinkarakami” is the reproduction of kinkarakawashi, Japanese unique leather paper, which derives from the leather paper for interior decoration of walls in Europe with “washi” (Japanese paper) using the same technique. Mr. Takashi Ueda successfully revived this handicraft as a modern work by trial and error. “Kinkarakami” is made by layering multiple sheets of gold-gilded washi (Japanese paper) on a wooden printing roller with the patterns engraved and beating the paper using a brush for embossing and coloring. It is classy, top grade wall paper characterized by the colored-leather-like appearance.
Picture 14 of the event
Exhibition of flower arrangement

 

(2) DIY Cedar Rose New Year Ornament Class

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    10 am to 2 pm (for approx. 5 minutes) *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    Lawn garden in front of the billiards facility
  • Description
    Make a festive ornament for the New Year using cones of Himalayan cedars (cider roses) in the Gardens. Participants can take the ornament that they created in the class.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open (to be closed as soon as the material stock has run out)

(3) Wishing Card for New Year 2019

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    9 am to 4:30 pm
  • Venue
    Near ticket booth
  • Description
    Write your resolution, prayer, or wish for the new year on a garden’s original wishing card and hang them on the wishing booth.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open (to be closed as soon as the material stock has run out)

(4) New Year’s Children Square

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    10 am to 4 pm *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    Lawn Garden
  • Description
    Join traditional Japanese games for children such as top-spinning and fukuwarai (make-a-face game)
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed

(5) Guided garden tour

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    11 am and 2 pm (for about 60 minutes)
  • Venue
    Gathering: In front of the entrance of the western-style residence.
    *Inside the residence in case of rain (to be announced over the in-park broadcasting).
  • Description
    Volunteer guides give a guided tour around the Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens mainly for buildings.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
Picture 15 of the event
Guided garden tour (in the past event)

 

(6) Tea ceremony experience

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    9 am to 4:30 pm (Last order at 4:30 pm)
  • Venue
    Japanese tea salon in the Japanese-style residence
  • Price
    Matcha with jo-namagashi (fresh Japanese confectionery): 510 yen, Amazake topped with gold leaves: 420 yen

About Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens

  • Location
    1-3-45 Ikenohata, Taito-ku, Tokyo
  • Access
    • Yushima Station, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (3 minutes on foot)
    • Ueno-hirokoji Station, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (10 minutes on foot)
    • Ueno-okachimachi Station, Toei O-edo Line (10 minutes on foot)
    • JR Okachimachi Station, 15 minutes on foot
    *No parking lot for general visitors.
  • Hours
    Open from 9 am to 5 pm (Entry closed at 4:30 pm)
  • Admission fee
    General: 400 yen / Aged 65 or above: 200 yen
    *Elementary school students or under, and junior high students residing or studying in Tokyo are admitted free.
  • Contact
    Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Garden Office
    Phone: 03-3823-8340 (Only available in Japanese)
  • Website
    Let’s go to the park! Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens (External link)
  • Official Twitter
    Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens @kyuiwasakitei (External link)

*The gardens are designated as important cultural assets, and no heating equipment is provided in the western-style residence. It is strongly recommended visitors wrap themselves up well. In addition, for safety reasons, visitors are strictly requested not to wear slippers or room shoes inside the residences. We recommend visitors to bring thick socks and the like for cold protection.

6. “New Year in the mood of old town of Tokyo”, Kiyosumi Gardens

(1) Traditional performing arts coloring the New Year

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    12:30 pm to 1 pm *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    Free Square
  • Description
    Enjoy the shishimai performance by Sunamura-Bayashi-Mutsumi-Kai.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
Picture 16 of the event
Traditional performing arts coloring the New Year (in the past event)

 

(2) Playing new year games at Ryotei

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    9:30 am to 4:00 pm
  • Venue
    Ryotei
  • Description
    Relax and spend your New Year time at Ryotei (one of Tokyo-Metropolitan-Selected Historical Buildings) built near the Sensui (a pond in the garden), while enjoying the traditional games for the New Year such as fukuwarai.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed

(3) Panel exhibition about Tokyo Metropolitan Gardens related to the Iwasaki Family

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    10 am to 4:30 pm
  • Venue
    Taisho Kinenkan
  • Description
    Pictures and panels telling the history of four “gardens related to the Iwasaki family” that are conserved as Tokyo Metropolitan Cultural Property Gardens are exhibited.
Picture 17 of the event
Panel exhibition of Tokyo Metropolitan Gardens related to the Iwasaki family (in the past event)

 

(4) Group planting display for the New Year

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    Open from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Venue
    Near the garden entrance
  • Description
    Showcasing the group planting of flowers and plants that are all said to be the symbol of good luck of the New Year season.

(5) Niwa Sampo (Strolling around the Gardens)

  • Date and time
    Thursday, January 3
    9:30 am (for about 60 minutes) *Canceled in case of rain
  • Meeting place
    In front of Garden Office
  • Description
    Staff of Kiyosumi Gardens gives guided tour for visitors. Enjoy a stroll.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed

(6) Guided tour of gardens

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    11 am and 2 pm (for about 60 minutes)
    *Canceled in case of rain
  • Meeting place
    In front of Garden Office
  • Description
    Volunteer guides give you a guided tour around the Gardens. Enjoy a stroll.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed

(7) Resting station

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    10 am to 4:30 pm (Last order at 4 pm)
  • Venue
    Taisho Kinenkan
  • Description
    Light meals and drinks are offered for sale.

About Kiyosumi Gardens

  • Location
    3-3-9 Kiyosumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
  • Access
    Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station (Exit A3), Toei O-edo Line / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line (3 minutes on foot)
    *No parking lot for general visitors.
  • Hours
    Open from 9 am to 5 pm (Entry closed at 4:30 pm)
  • Admission fee
    General: 150 yen / Aged 65 or over: 70 yen
    *Elementary school students or under, and junior high students residing or studying in Tokyo are admitted free.
  • Contact
    Kiyosumi Garden Office   Phone: 03-3641-5892 (Only available in Japanese)
  • Website
    Let’s go to the park! Kiyosumi Gardens (External link)
  • Official Twitter
    Kiyosumi Gardens @KiyosumiTeien (External link)

7. “Enjoy the New Year in the Gardens in the Taisho-Roman (general term for the thought and cultural events that are suggestive of the Taisho period) style”, Kyu-Furukawa Gardens

(1) Shishimai and Ohayashi performance

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    11 am and 1 pm (for about 40 minutes) *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    Lawn square
  • Description
    Enjoy the Shishimai and Ohayashi performance by Edo-bayashi-Kotaro.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
Picture 18 of the event
Shishimai and Ohayashi performance (At the last year’s event)

 

(2) Hanetsuki and top-spinning play ground

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    10 am to 4 pm *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    Lawn square
  • Description
    Under the sky of the New Year, enjoy the traditional games for the new year.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
Picture 19 of the event
Hanetsuki and top-spinning play ground (in the past event)

 

(3) Guided garden tour

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    12 pm and 2 pm (for about 60 minutes) *Canceled in case of rain
  • Meeting place
    In front of Garden Office
  • Description
    Volunteer guides give you a guided tour around the Gardens. Enjoy a stroll.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed

(4) Memorial photo shooting spot

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    10 am to 4 pm *Canceled in case of rain
  • Venue
    In front of the western-style residence.
  • Description
    Take a memorial shot in hanten (traditional Japanese short coat) of the Kyu-Furukawa Gardens design in the photo shooting spot full of New Year’s vibes.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
Picture 20 of the event
Memorial photo shooting spot (in the past event)

 

About Kyu-Furukawa Gardens

  • Location
    1-27-39 Nishigahara, Kita-ku, Tokyo
  • Access
    • Kami-Nakasato Station, JR Keihin-tohoku Line (7 minutes on foot)
    • Nishigahara Station, Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (7 minutes on foot)
    • Komagome Station, JR Yamanote Line (12 minutes on foot)
    • Kita-ward Community Bus (Oji-Komagome route) runs every 20 minutes.
      Kyu-Furukawa Gardens bus stop (5-minute ride from Komagome Station, JR Yamanote Line and 20-minute ride from Oji Station, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line)
    *No parking lot for general visitors.
  • Hours
    Open from 9 am to 5 pm (Entry closed at 4:30 pm)
  • Admission fee
    General: 150 yen / Aged 65 or over: 70 yen
    *Elementary school students or under, and junior high students residing or studying in Tokyo are admitted free.
  • Contact
    Kyu-Furukawa Garden Office
    Phone: 03-3910-0394 (Only available in Japanese)
  • Website
    Let’s go to the park! Kyu-Furukawa Gardens (External link)
  • Official Twitter
    Kyu-Furukawa Gardens @kyufurukawa (External link)

8. “Celebrate the New Year in Tonogayato Gardens”, Tonogayato Garden

(1) Introduction of special feature for the Gardens of the New Year.

  • Date and time
    Sunday, December 23 to Wednesday, January 2
    9 am to 4 pm
  • Venue
    Koyo-tei
  • Description
    Panels explaining snow protective lifting, rush mat wrapping, frost protection, and old trees are displayed.

(2) Tonogayato Gardens Karuta (Japanese card game) Competition

  • Date and time
    Thursday, January 3
    10:30 am and 1 pm (for about 30 minutes)
  • Venue
    Koyo-tei
  • Description
    A karuta competition is held, where karuta cards in original Tonogayato Gardens are used. Enjoy the attractiveness of the Gardens through playing karuta.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    The first 20 people for each session.
    *Entry is accepted in front of the venue from 30 minutes before each session starts.
Picture 21 of the event
Tonogayato Gardens Karuta Competition (in the past event)

 

(3) Memorial photo shooting spot in the miniature garden of celebratory plants

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    Open from 9 am to 5 pm
    *The photo shooting spot is closed in case of rain.
  • Meeting place
    Near main gate
  • Description
    Showcasing celebratory plants that bear red fruit called ichi-ryo, ju-ryo, hyaku-ryo, sen-ryo, and man-ryo to color the gardens of the New Year. Also, a New-Year-themed spot decorated with garden staff’s handicrafts is open to visitors for memorial shooting.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
Picture 22 of the event
Miniature garden with celebratory plants (in the past event)

 

(4) Guided garden tour

  • Date and time
    Wednesday, January 2 and Thursday, January 3
    11 am and 2 pm (for about 40 minutes) *Canceled in case of rain
  • Meeting place
    In front of Garden Office
  • Description
    Volunteer guides give you a guided tour around the Gardens. Enjoy a stroll.
  • Fee
    Free of charge (admission to the Gardens is separately charged).
  • How to participate
    Open, no reservation needed
Picture 23 of the event
Guided garden tour (in the past event)

 

About Tonogayato Gardens

  • Location
    2-16 Minami-machi, Kokubunji City, Tokyo
  • Access
    Kokubunji Station (South Exit), JR Chuo Line / Seibu Kokubunji Line / Seibu Tamako Line (2 minutes on foot)
    *No parking lot for general visitors.
  • Hours
    Open from 9 am to 5 pm (Entry closed at 4:30 pm)
  • Admission fee
    General: 150 yen / Aged 65 or over: 70 yen
    *Elementary school students or under, and junior high students residing or studying in Tokyo are admitted free.
  • Contact
    Tonogayato Garden Office
    Phone: 042-324-7991 (Only available in Japanese)
  • Website
    Let’s go to the park! Tonogayato Gardens (External link)
  • Official Twitter
    Tonogayato Gardens @TonogayatoTeien (External link)

Closing during year-end holidays

The above 8 Gardens are closed from December 29 to January 1. Please be informed of the holiday policy. Also, Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens is closed from December 29 to January 3.
However, Fukurokuju Shrine is open to those who visit shichifukujin (the Seven Deities of Good Fortune) of the Sumida River for free of charge from January 1 to 3.

Information on annual passports

Tokyo Metropolitan Gardens offer convenient annual passports that can be used to enjoy the gardens without limit for a year at a good price at the guest reception of individual garden offices throughout the year. We encourage visitors to enjoy the deal.

  • 9-Garden Annual Passport
    General: 4,000 yen / Aged 65 or above: 2,000 yen
  • Single-Garden Annual Passport
    Hamarikyu Gardens, Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, and Rikugien Gardens:General: 1,200 yen / Aged 65 or above: 600 yen per Gardens
    Kyu Iwasaki-tei Gardens: General: 1,600 yen / Aged 65 or above: 800 per Gardens
    All other 5 Tokyo Metropolitan Gardens: General: 600 yen / Aged 65 or above: 280 yen per Gardens

 

Inquiries (Only available in Japanese)

General Affairs Department, Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association
 Phone: 03-3232-3038
Administration Department, Park Division, Bureau of Construction, Tokyo Metropolitan Government
 Phone: 03-5320-5365

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