Japanese Gardens for Budget Travelers

Everyone should try to visit a traditional garden when they come to Japan. Japanese gardens create miniature landscapes, with an often extremely neat, abstract or stylised design.

Highlights

Japanese gardens and parks by region

Tokyo Gardens

Takahata-Fudoson Temple and Park (FREE)

While the name is quite a tongue twister, Toritsu Tamakyuryo Natural Park and the associated shrine...

Kyu-Furukawa Gardens

Kyu-Furukawa Gardens (旧古河庭園) could be described as a half English, half Japanese garden. One half looks...

Kiyosumi Garden

Kiyosumi Garden is a compact but beautiful traditional Japanese garden, featuring a real Japanese tea...

Showa Memorial Park – Tokyo’s mega park!

Showa Memorial Park is a huge 'park of parks' not far from Shinjuku.  There are all...

Former Yasuda Garden (FREE)

The Former Yasuda Garden (旧安田庭園) is a medium sized traditional Japanese garden night next to the Edo-Tokyo...

Shinjuku Gyoen Garden

Usually a must see for any visitor to Tokyo, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a...

Imperial Palace East Garden (FREE)

The East Garden, right in the center of Tokyo, is a free park within the...

Chinzanso Garden and Shinedogawa Park (FREE)

Probably the best free Japanese garden in Tokyo, Chinzanso Garden (椿山荘の庭園) is an amazing garden in central Tokyo....

Rikugien Garden

Rikugien Garden (六義園) has to be one of our favourite Japanese gardens in Tokyo.  It's...

Tokyo Parks

Harajuku

Harajuku (はらじゅく/原宿), between Shinjuku and Shibuya, is a heartland of youth fashion and activity.  It...

Kichijoji

Kichijoji is a nice place to spend a cheap day, just walking around and doing...

Yoyogi Park (FREE)

A nice open park, great for playing games and sunbathing. One of Tokyo's most popular...

Showa Memorial Park – Tokyo’s mega park!

Showa Memorial Park is a huge 'park of parks' not far from Shinjuku.  There are all...

Ueno – Tokyo’s Cherry Blossom Hotspot

Ueno (うえの/上野) features one of the biggest parks in Tokyo and is one of the...

Kasai Rinkai Park

Kasai Rinkai Park is a theme park in Tokyo that is free to enter. It...

Kyoto gardens

Ninna-ji Temple

Ninna-ji Temple (仁和寺) is yet another awesome World Heritage listed temple in Kyoto. The temple was founded...

Arashiyama Bamboo Groves (FREE)

Why pay to enter a garden when you can walk through some very Japanesy bamboo...

Nijo Castle

Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Nijo castle is another must see in Kyoto.  The free...

Kiyomizudera Temple

One of the most celebrated Buddhist temples in Kyoto and a UNESCO World Heritage site....

Kyushu gardens

Kumamoto

Kumamoto (熊本) is a medium sized city in Kyushu well known for it's wonderful castle,...

Yakushima – Japan’s top hiking experience

Yakushima (屋久島) is a World Heritage listed subtropical island in southern Kyushu. It is usually...

Ibusuki – chill out in the hot sand heaven

Ibusuki (指宿) is a great day-trip location from Kagoshima, most famous for hot sand baths....

Hokkaido gardens

Biei

Biei (美瑛) is known all over Japan as one of the best places to go...

Naka-Furano

Naka-Furano (中富良野), in Furano, is one of the best places to come for flower viewing...

Sapporo

Sapporo (札幌), the capital of Hokkaido, makes for an interesting change to the cities on the...

Shikoku gardens

Takamatsu

While Takamatsu (高松) is sometimes missed out of an average persons Shikoku trip, it has a...

Chugoku gardens

Hagi

Hagi (萩) is a castle town, little visited by foreign tourists. The town is full...

Okayama – Experience one of Japans best gardens

Okayama (岡山) is a large city in Chugoku, known across the country for it’s Korakuen...

Chubu and Japanese Alps

Kanazawa

Kanazawa (金沢) is one of the major cities in central Japan, and is a good...