The Finest Gardens From Feudal Japan
During the Edo Period, power was won and consolidated by the Tokugawa clan, who became shogun, and built the political capital in Edo-jo castle, which later became Tokyo. During this time, Japan, except for the port of Nagasaki, was virtually closed to foreigners, and Japanese were generally not allowed to travel outside of the country. The Emperor remained in Kyoto as a figurehead leader, while the political centre of Japan was in Edo. This remained the case from 1600 till 1868.
Most of the gardens of the Edo Period were promenade gardens and they were usually much larger than earlier gardens. The promenade gardens of the period made extensive use of borrowing of scenery (shakkei). Vistas of distant mountains are integrated in the design of the garden. Edo promenade gardens were often composed of a series of meisho, or famous views.
As a result of the Tokugawa policy of Sankinkotai, modern Tokyo has a number of excellent gardens to explore and enjoy.
Edo to Tokyo Garden Tour
• East Garden - Former Edo-jo Castle
• Hibiya Koen
• Kyu-Shiba Villa Teien
• Hama Rikyu Onshi Teien
• River Boat up Sumidagawa River
• Kiyosumi Teien
• Ginza - Tour Ends Here
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Meet at your hotel so please inform!
End location: Ginza unless other location is agreed upon.
Duration: 8 hours
29 Dec to 4 Jan Gardens are closed
Public transportation - hire available but must be arranged with the guide before tour set. Additional costs apply, please message me for a quote.
All transfers (public transportation), entrance fees, included in tour price.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
3000 3000 - Lunch and snacks
Transfer fees to pick up and end locations outside of central Tokyo, lunch, snacks, souvenirs
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Patrick was extremely knowledgeable about Japan, both regarding our tour and other issues we cared to discuss. He was also very accommodating and able to make quick changes in our itinerary as things came up. The gardens he chose were beautiful. He also incorporated unexpected shops and eating places along the route, which enhanced the experience for the shoppers in our small group.