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Jindai Botanical Gardens

105 acres of expertly curated floral beauty, less than an hour away from downtown Tokyo

By Runako Thornhill

Tucked neatly away in Chofu City, the Jindai Botanical Gardens is 105 acres of expertly curated floral beauty. Less than an hour from from downtown Tokyo and a stone’s throw from Jindai-ji temple, the gardens are home to 4,800 plant varieties spread over 30 distinct sections.

If you’re in need of an escape from cramped trains and the shoulder-to-shoulder city grind, head to the Jindai Botanical gardens. It’s the perfect place to take a breather in any season.

From Season to Season


Photo by: PIXTA/ i-flower Hydrangeas along the forest path in the rainy season.

The ample gardens are divided into distinct sections that bloom in different months, promising an eyeful for visitors at any time of year. Walk among the cherry blossoms and azaleas in spring, the water lilies in the summer, dahlias in autumn and camellias in winter. In any season there are a multitude of varieties at the height of their beauty.

The Grand Design


Photo by: PIXTA/ i-flower The dramatic view of the rose garden fountain with the greenhouse in the background.

The layout of the gardens lend their own flavor to the experience. The rose garden in particular is an impressive feat. A sea of flowers swirling around a fountain, all laid out before an elevated Roman-style pavilion. There are romantic benches set among wooded trails dotted with hydrangeas, and wide lawns bordered by waving pampas grass.

A Taste of the Unfamiliar


Photo by: PIXTA/ AKIRA The greenhouse’s collection of succulents and cacti.

Just beyond the rose garden is a modern greenhouse with an enviable collection of tropical plants, rare flowers and cacti. Trek through a lush indoor jungle, observe manicured orchid varieties, gingerly step past eye-level giant cacti—all in the same building. The greenhouse is a must-visit.

There is much to see at the Jindai Botanical Gardens and no shortage of places to sit and soak it all in. It’s the perfect setting for a lunch date, a solo getaway or even a family day.

Things To Know

Hours and Fees

The gardens are open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission costs ¥500 for adults. 

The park has annual rose festivals in both spring and autumn. 

Near the main entrance is a botanical hall that hosts seasonal plant exhibitions. The hall also has meeting rooms available for rental. 

How To Get There


By train

Jindai-ji is accessible from Mitaka station or Kichijoji station. From Kichijoji station take bus No. 6 from bus stop No. 4. From Mitaka station take bus No. 56 from bus stop No. 2.

Where To Stay

Chofu Creston Hotel
  • 1-38-1 Kojimacho, Chofu-shi, Tokyo, 182-0026 Japan
  • ¥14,000 - ¥56,000
  • 3.6/5 (576 reviews)
  • 2.2 km
Hotel Livemax Budget Chofu Station
  • 4-2-6 Fuda, Chofu-shi, Tokyo, 182-0024 Japan
  • ¥7,268 - ¥29,070
  • 1.63/5 (316 reviews)
  • 2.4 km
JR-East Hotel Mets Musashisakai
  • 2-1-8 Kyonancho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo, 180-0023 Japan
  • ¥29,300 - ¥62,600
  • 4.06/5 (1,765 reviews)
  • 3.4 km
Kichijoji Tokyu REI Hotel
  • 1-6-3 Kichijoji Minamicho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo, 180-0003 Japan
  • ¥14,700 - ¥18,800
  • 4.44/5 (2,005 reviews)
  • 4.4 km
Kichijoji Excel Hotel Tokyu
  • 2-4-14 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo, 180-0004 Japan
  • ¥14,700 - ¥65,000
  • 4.25/5 (93 reviews)
  • 4.7 km

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