Region
Chubu
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Nagoya
Population
7,043,235

Tokugawa Garden

Even a samurai needs to unwind.

The Tokugawa Garden may slip through the net for many tourists to Nagoya but don’t exclude this haven for wildlife and Japan’s seasonal bloom show from your itinerary.

Those of you who are clued up on Japan’s history and samurai culture will recognise the Tokugawa name instantly. For those who are not, the Tokugawa clan were in power from 1603 until 1867 and were the very last to hold the title of Shogun (feudal lord). The Tokugawa Garden was laid out in 1695 as a retirement villa for one of these great lords. Supposedly, when first built, the garden was 44 hectares in area and the lake was said to be large enough to accommodate a 16-oar boat.

Want to know more? Check out the Tokugawa Art Museum (another place that should definitely make it on your Nagoya bucket-list) situated next to the Tokugawa Garden.

Autumn leaves at Tokugawa gardens Nagoya

The gardens are a popular place for autumn leaves-viewing.

The majestic Ryusenko Lake is the garden’s centerpiece. Strolling along the lakeside, you’ll be treated to dramatic waterfalls, zen-inspired rock formations, delicate wooden bridges, a samurai tea house and restaurant. Typical of Japanese gardens, the seasons take pride of place. From February to March you can see Japanese Apricots, a blossom that back in the Tokugawa clan’s day was more popular than the world-renowned cherry blossom. The gardens also specialise in Chinese Peony, Iris and Maple.

If you plan on visiting Nagoya Castle or the Tokugawa Art Museum, the Tokugawa Gardens act as the ideal contrast to the exhibits celebrating the samurai’s war-hungry and violent past.

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Things To Know

Opening Hours

10:00 – 17:30pm, everyday except Mondays.

Entrance Fees

¥300 which goes towards the garden’s upkeep.

How To Get There

Address

1001 Tokugawachō, Higashi-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken 461-0023, Japan

By train

Take the Meijo subway line to Ozone Station and walk for 10 minutes (following the signposts).

By bus

Take a bus from Sakae Bus Station at Oasis 21 (Bay 3) to Hikiyama or Shiken-ya until Tokugawa-en Shindeki. Meitetsu buses from Nagoya Station also go to Tokugawa-en Shindeki.

Where To Stay

Hotel Leopalace Nagoya
  • Chikusa-ku, Uchiyama 4-4 3 Nagoya-Shi, Aichi 464-0075
  • 8/10
  • 1.4 km
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Miyuki Ryokan
  • Kita-ku Kouun-cho 47-2 Nagoya-Shi, Aichi 462-0857
  • 6.7/10
  • 1.4 km
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Hotel Mielparque Nagoya
  • Higashi-ku Aoi 3-16-16 Nagoya-Shi, Aichi 461-0004
  • 8.2/10
  • 1.5 km
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Apartment in Nagoya 206
  • Nagoya-Shi, Aichi 461-0001
  • 4.6/10
  • 1.5 km
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