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"Kitanomaru Garden is five-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Kudanshita Station and Takebashi Station.
Adjacent to the Imperial Palace, this garden boasts an extensive area of around 200,000 square meters, despite its location in central Tokyo. The garden features seasonal flowering plants and so its look and feel changes from season to season. We would like to introduce Kitanomaru Garden, a huge space overflowing with natural beauty.

*Photographs provided by the Ministry of the Environment, Imperial Palace Gardens Management Office, Kitanomaru Office. "


  • address1-1 Kitanomarukoen, Chiyoda-ku
  • tel03-3211-7878
  • access5-minute walk from Subway "Kudanshita Sta."
    5-minute walk from Subway "Takebashi Sta."
WEBsite https://www.env.go.jp/garden/kokyogaien/1_intro/his_08.html

There are various cultural facilities in the surrounding area. At Kitanomaru Garden you can enjoy the four distinct seasons, from the cherry blossoms in spring to the red leaves in fall.


  • Edo Castle was built by Ieyasu during the Edo Period. The extensive site was once divided into the following areas: Honmaru, Ninomaru, Sannomaru, Nishinomaru, Kitanomaru, and Fukiage. This Kitanomaru area is now the site of Kitanomaru Garden. Starting in the Meiji Period, many lodgings for the old Japanese army were built in this area. However, after the war, it was decided that it should be used as a green space. The area was renovated as a forest park and opened in 1969 to commemorate the sixtieth birthday of the Showa Emperor.
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  • In addition to the evergreen forest that has stood since before the war, the park is filled with a variety of different trees, including yamamomiji maple, zelkova, konara oak, and sawtooth oak. As many of the trees planted in the park bear fruit liked by wild birds, it is a great spot for birdwatchers.
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Kitanomaru Garden, where you can sense the seasons changing through the trees, is also known as one of the top places for cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo. In spring you can see more than 200 cherry trees in full bloom, including varieties such as Yamazakura, Someiyoshino and Oshimazakura. In fall, maple trees such as Irohamomiji, Oomomiji and Yamamomiji turn red and yellow, coloring the park's "Momijiyama Hill".

  • In one corner of the garden, you will find The Forest Kitanomaru, a rest area with a café. At the café you can enjoy their original burger, made with a special kind of bun, as well as a wide variety of dishes including omurice, hamburgers, and pasta. You can have a relaxing meal while enjoying the beautiful green surroundings. Inside the facility you can also find useful maps showing routes for walking around the park and information on other nearby facilities.
    ●The Forest Kitanomaru → here
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There are many historic sites in the area, such as the old Edo Castle's Tayasu-mon Gate and Shimizu-mon Gate, which are both recognized as important cultural properties. There are also many cultural facilities, such as the National Showa Memorial Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, the National Archives of Japan, and the Science Museum. After a peaceful walk through the trees in the garden, visiting the mentioned historical sites and facilities will make a most cultural day out.

Check It Out
Sakura Festival in Chiyoda City
The entire 700 meters of the famous sakura-lined Chidori-ga-fuchi Green Way will be illuminated with LED lights. Special night-time boat rentals will also be available to visitors hoping to view the cherry blossoms from the Chidori-ga-fuchi moat in the evening. In Chiyoda city, various shopping arcades and local organizations will be holding sakura-related events.

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