Tokugawaen or Tokugawa Garden is a Japanese garden highlighted with a beautiful pond at the center. It is characterized by an amazing view clearly representing the style of major daimyo gardens of the Edo Period. It is a greenery paradise which people can enjoy in a place filled with beautiful flowers of different seasons. It also consists of a restaurant serving good cuisine and offering breathtaking views as well as a gift shop and auditorium for important lectures and seminars.
The garden is located in the city of Nagoya which was established in 1695 as a retirement residence for the eldest son of the first daimyo of Owari Domain, Mitsumoto. Several years later, after his death, the garden was passed on from generation to generation. During the Meiji Restoration, it was brought back to Owari Tokugawa. The original area of the garden was 44 hectares. In 1931, the property was donated to the community of Nagoya by Tokugawa Yoshichika. He believed it was already an appropriate time for people to know and appreciate the garden’s historical foundation.
You can only access the garden through the main gate called Kuro-Mon or Black Gate. It has a wooden structure dating back from 1900 and is believed to have survived WWII’s bombings, though the whole garden was destroyed. It was only reopened to the public in 2004.
The garden consists of a large pond perfect for strolling along. It is located in the middle of the garden and surrounded by various structures such as dramatic waterfalls, wooden bridges, rock formations, teahouses and a restaurant. It is abundant with beautiful flowers such as peonies, irises, maples and Japanese apricot. These are best viewed during special seasons. Other flowers include winter camellia, Japanese witch-hazel, peach trees, azalea, lilyturf, tea of heaven, gardenia and much more!
Tokugawaen is such a beautiful landscape garden with a pond that it is probably one of the most interesting historical and traditional places to visit in the country. It has never failed to impress people who are looking for the mainstream garden style of the Edo Period! Would you like to pay this beautiful gem a visit?