Koishikawa Shokubutsuen Garden   小石川植物園

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Scientific research on species protection are always held in the garden Koishikawa Shokubutsuen.

Scientific research on species protection are always held in the garden Koishikawa Shokubutsuen.

The garden Koishikawa Shokubutsuen houses over 4000 species of plants that were used as medicine during the Edo period.

The garden Koishikawa Shokubutsuen houses over 4000 species of plants that were used as medicine during the Edo period.

The origin of Japanese Botany

A garden dating back to the Edo period (1603-1868), the Koishikawa Shokubutsuen has always used science and charm to enchant walkers.

With over four thousand different species of plants, Koishikawa Shokubutsuen differs from other Tokyo parks and Japanese gardens. It remains primarily still a research center for scientists, who have set up a conservation system for endangered species, and is run by the University of Tokyo. Even though it is not very popular with locals, it remains one of the best cherry blossom observation points in the spring, especially since it is home to several varieties of trees. If it is the exotic you prefer, many plants have been imported from other parts of Asia and even from around the world. The Koishikawa Shokubutsuen, the oldest botanical garden in Japan, established in 1684 by Tokugawa shogun, provides medicinal treatment to plants. But if the plants were to loose this treatment, a splendid view always heals the soul.

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