15 minutes away from the Tokyo station is the lusciously green Kokyogaien & HigashiGyoen National Gardens of the Imperial Palace. Continuing from our last chapter at the FujiQ Highland park this was yet another gloomy, cloudy day that I’m starting to get a feeling that the rain has taken a particular liking to me on my days out...but thankfully this walk-along course is plenty doable even on a rainy day like this day. Though the pictures might have looked better on a sunny day, the green still did look very pretty under the dim lighting.
Despite the unfavourable weather, there was still a lot of foreign tourists wandering around in the garden. Following in their example, I made my first trip to the moat of the Ni-ju Bashi (double bridge)! The name for this bridge came from being built upon an original auxiliary bridge that ran beneath the one that we still see today.
And then it was onto the HigashiGyoen. The path to the entrance of this park is also aligned by greenery, making it a nice and relaxing little walk.
Arriving at the Otemon Gate! You will be given an entrance ticket as you pass through the gate and will be able to enter the garden once you have the ticket.
You will see many well groomed and trimmed trees on the side of the paths as you walk along.
Literally breathing in that minus ion and feeling refreshed and rejuvenated~
Behold the Ninomaru Garden. Many different species of flowers are planted throughout the garden so that there’s something to enjoy visually regardless of the time of year you’re visiting. I was just in time to catch the last bit of the azaleas as well as the full bloom of the irises~
This is wall looking barricade is the only part that remains of the Edo Castle’s Tenshugaku (a kind of fortified tower built inside of castles back when castles were a thing). The actual tower was burnt down back in 1600s and it was never rebuilt. This base portion that still remains today reaches a height of 58 meters at its highest point and was the tallest of its kind back in the days.
And that concludes our walk through the Kokyogaien & HigashiGyoen National Gardens. Though this was my first time actually being inside the Imperial gardens, I found it to be a very tranquilizing place to just walk through and talk to whoever you’re with, or if you’re by yourself, to just walk. Since its public opening back in 1968, it has been a piece of bliss and tranquility for anyone looking to escape the rowdiness of city life.
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