Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa (1658-1714) had a powerful samurai as a close aide of the 5th Shogun, Tsunayoshi Tokugawa in Tokugawa Syogunate in Edo period, and finally he rode the next top position (Rojyu) of authority. (No.1 was Syogun.) This beautiful garden, built by Yoshiyasu in 1702, was one of the most excellent and famous Daimyo (feudal lord) gardens in Edo period. This garden is 87,809m2 area, and there are about 6,100 trees. In the first week of April, a lot of TV news broadcast this garden’s huge gorgeous cherry blossom. The end of April to May, many visitors enjoy colorful azalea. It is located near the Komagome JR station, but it is too quiet to image that it locates at the midst of Tokyo.
I found the trace of the last year’s earthquake in this garden. They used to have a small pine tree on the stone island called Horaijima in the Wakanoura pond, but the strong shaking of March 11th 2011 earthquake destroyed the island stone and the pine tree into the pond.
Blue carpet of Nemophila, Ota in Gunma
800-year-old azalea at Tatebayashi’s park
The oldest botanical garden in Japan, Koishikawa, University of Tokyo
Nezu shrine and Azalea garden, Tokyo