Japanese and Western Beauties – The former Furukawa Garden

The former Furukawa Garden
The Western style house and the rose garden are lit up during the rose season.

The former Furukawa Garden is consisted of a Western style house with garden and a traditional Japanese garden, located in Kita-ku, Tokyo.

It’s famous for the house designed by Josiah Conder and the beautiful garden, especially roses in May. Various flowers are beautiful throughout the year.

Originally, Munemitsu Mutsu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, purchased the site around 1890.
In 1905, his second son became the adopted son of Ichibe Furukawa, who was the founder of Furukawa Zaibatsu (big conglomerate), so the owner changed.

The Western style house with garden designed by Josiah Conder was completed in 1917.
The Japanese garden was constructed in 1919 by the seventh generation Jihei Ogawa, who was a pioneer in the field of modern Japanese garden.

Roses and the Japanese Garden lit up

Roses of The former Furukawa Garden 1
Roses of The former Furukawa Garden 3
Roses of The former Furukawa Garden 2
Japanese garden of The former Furukawa Garden
The Japanese garden and a pond

Roses of The former Furukawa Garden 4
Japanese garden of The former Furukawa Garden 2- a stone-lantern
a stone-lantern

The former Furukawa Garden is a national-designated site of scenic beauty because both the house and gardens are preserved as they were when they were completed and very valuable cultural properties.

Basic Information

*Opening hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (the entrance gate will be closed at 4:30 PM)
*Days Closed: Dec.29 – Jan.1
*Entrance fee: 150 yen
*Reservation is required for the tour inside the Western-style house
*No tripod, mono-pod or sketching – Prohibited Period in 2019:
Apr.20 – June 9, and Saturdays, Sundays, and National Holidays in March, April, and June, Oct.1, Oct.5 – Dec.8
*Cameras are forbidden in the house.

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