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Hidden Treasures of Komagome

by Veronika 654

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Often overlooked by Tokyo visitors is the Komagome

area. Among the locals, this place is well known for

its’ spectacular gardens and historical sights. During

the Edo period (17th-19th centuries) feudal lords

would build their residences around this area, so

there are plenty of historical spots and places that

are distinctly Japanese all around.

In autumn you can see the beautiful colors of this
by visiting the gardens in this area, so why
not take a walk
on a beautiful day?


Recommended Route

JR Keihin Tohoku Line Kami-Nakazato Station →

1. Kyu-Furukawa Gardens →

2. Toyo Bunko Museum

3. Rikugien Garden →

JR Yamanote Line Komagome Station

Distance: 3 km

Time: 37 min + time for food and exploring


1. Now is the time! Enjoy the autumn leaves and

roses in a garden where East and West exist in


Kyu-Furukawa Gardens is a place where a Western

building with a Western-style garden co-exists in

harmony with a Japanese garden. In the Western

part of Kyu-Furukawa, you can visit the rose garden,

where roses are blooming until the end of

November. As you go further into the Garden, you

can find the Japanese side with a pond and a


In autumn Kyu-Furukawa Gardens are filled with

colors from the tree leaves. Japanese maple trees

together with Western architecture create a unique

image of East meeting West. In the Japanese side

you can see the stunning image of red leaves

reflected in the pond and falling into the water.


Kyu-Furukawa Gardens

1-27-39 Nishigahara, Kita-ku, Tokyo


Open 9:00 ~ 17:00 (entry until 16:30)

Closed December 29 ~ January 1

December 11 (Monday), January 15 (Monday),

February 19 (Sunday) 12:00 ~ 17:00 closed for


Entrance Fee - Regular 150 Yen

Over 65 - 70 Yen

All primary school children and

middle school children studying in Tokyo - free



2. Find the National Treasures of Japan in a

gorgeous museum filled with important history.

In Toyo Bunko Museum you can find Japanese

National Treasures and other important cultural

artifacts among around 1 million books. You can

also enjoy such facilities as the inner hydrangea

garden or a cafe that is using high quality

ingredients from the Koiwai Farm Factory. The

gorgeous architecture of the museum looks

amazing in the pictures.

Located on the second floor of the museum is The

Morrison Collection. Gathered by George Ernest

Morrison and bought by the founder of Toyo Bunko

Hisaya Iwasaki, this collection holds over 20,000

volumes in Western languages on China and its

neighboring countries. Let yourself be amazed with

this amazing and important collection.

You can find famous books with illustrations known

to most Japanese people. Historically the pictures

were being painted full size and by hand. Seeing

them in real life makes you appreciate the hard

work that went into releasing books in the old times.

It is a perfect place for history lovers!


Toyo Bunko Museum

2-28-21 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo


Open 1000 ~ 1900Entry until 18:30

Regular - 900 Yen

Over 65 - 800 Yen

University Students - 700 Yen

Middle & High School Students - 600 Yen

Primary School Students - 290 Yen



3. Only in autumn! Enjoy the magical light-up♪

Even though it is located in the center of the Tokyo

Metropolis, the Rikugien Garden is soothing with

nature ♪ If you look around from one of the

recommended places in the garden -

Deshio-no-minato, you will not be able to see the

buildings around, only the nature! Look for the

komomaki - traditional straw belts wrapped around

trees during winter to protect them from pests.

Right now is the peak of the season of enjoying the

autumn leaves in Tokyo, and the garden is no

exception! In Rikugien you can view the fantastic

colors at night with the romantic light up. “The

Light-up of Autumn Leaves in the Daimyo Garden”,

an event when you can see the views in the evening

until 21:00 (entry until 20:30) will be held until

December 6th, so hurry up!



6-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo


Open 9:00 ~ 17:00 (entry until 16:30)

Closed December 29 ~ January 1

Regular - 300 Yen

Over 65 - 150 Yen

All primary school children and

middle school children studying in Tokyo - free




Original article in Japanese