Probably the best free Japanese garden in Tokyo, Chinzanso Garden (椿山荘の庭園) is an amazing garden in central Tokyo. It’s part of a very posh hotel, but everyone is free to enter the garden. There are Japanese tea houses, a pagoda and lots of nice features you would expect from a real, traditional Japanese garden.
Budget travel tips
- Shinedogawa Park (新江戸川公園) is also nearby, so pop in here after Chinzanso Garden.
How to get there
From Shinjuku station, take the Marunouchi line (red Metro line) to Akasaka-mitsuke, then transfer to Nagatacho station. From here, take the Yurakucho line (yellow Metro line) to Edogawabashi station (28 mins, 200 yen).
From Tokyo station, take the Marunouchi line (red Metro line) to Otemachi station. From here, take the Tozai line (blue Metro line) to Iidabashi. Finally, take the Yurakucho line (yellow Metro line) to Edogawabashi station (21 mins, 165 yen).
From Edogawabashi station, take Exit 1a. Take a left and walk down the river. Pass two bridges and the entrance is on your right.
Shinedogawa Park can be found by walking a minute or so further up the river, passing the first bridge, then taking the next right turn.
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