Japan is a country of nature. It has plenty of beautiful landscapes that are worth discovering. It is said that Japan is the runaway place for those who want to unwind with the help of nature. Why? Well, here is one of the thousands of reasons why.
Happo-en (which means a garden beautiful from eight angles/a garden beautiful from all angles) is a hidden garden in the vicinity of Minato-ku, Tokyo. It was built in the early 17th century (Edo Period) and was reconstructed by Fusanosuke Kuhara (久原 房之助) in 1915. Revealed by its name, Happō-en is a garden with beautiful views. This garden is a home of Bonsai, Mapple, and Cherry trees. Most Bonsai trees in this garden are over 100 years old and one of the oldest is 520 years old, a real historical feeling awaits you there. It is a perfect place for some self-reflecting and is suitable for loosening up. Along with the calm pond, you can enjoy a traditional tea ceremony with the help of women dressed in Kimonos.
Today, the garden is being used as a background of Japanese traditional weddings, feasts, and other such occasions. It is also a place where many photographers stick around because of the beautiful scenery and ambiance. This garden is a perfect example of maintained natural beauty. The richness of this garden will leave you astonished, you might even forget that you’re in Tokyo!
You can get to Happō-en Garden from Shirokane-dai (白金台) station on Tokyo Metro Namboku Line/Toei Mita Line. From Shirokane-dai, take exit No. 2 to get to the garden. It is open from 10:00 to 22:00, free admission. Best time to visit is late March and late April, but you can visit the garden anytime you want.