Kyu-Furukawa Gardens 旧古河庭園
A garden that combines Japanese and Western aesthetics
A testament to changing times, Kyu-Furukawa Gardens feature a Western-style mansion on sloping grounds. Surrounding it are two gardens, one employing the design and style of the West, and the other drawing on Japanese aesthetics. The garden was built in the early 20th century and was originally private property. It was later opened to the public in 1956.
At the center of the garden is a pond called Shinjiike, patterned after the Chinese cursive character for "heart"
The Western-style garden was designed by Josiah Conder, who was later dubbed "the father of modern Japanese architecture"
The garden is especially popular in May for its roses
How to Get There
The closest stations to Kyu-Furukawa Gardens are Kami-Nakazato Station on the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line and Nishigahara Station on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line. The garden is a seven-minute walk from either station.
From Shinjuku Station, take the JR Yamanote Line. Change to Keihintohoku Line at Tabata Station and get off at Kami-Nakazato Station. You can also take the subway at Shinjuku-sanchome Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and change to Namboku Line at Yotsuya. Get off at Nishigahara Station.