Tokyo Metropolitan Jindai Botanical Gardens is close to Jindaiji Temple and its Pet Cemetery and its many soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurants in the Chofu/Mitaka region of western Tokyo. The area of the Jindai Botanical Gardens was once used to grow the trees that line Tokyo's streets and was opened as Tokyo's only Botanical garden in 1961.
The 474,412 square meter Jindai Botanical Gardens are divided into 30 different plant zones including a Rose garden with 5,200 rose bushes from over 400 varieties, an Azalea Garden, Apricot Garden, Bush Clover Garden and areas of cherry trees, plum (ume), peonies, wisteria and dogwood. The garden also includes a wetland zone for aquatic plants including irises, water-lilies, lotus and reeds.
There are various events taking place in the gardens during the year including a Rose Festa in spring and autumn. The Jindai Festa occurs at cherry blossom time and includes concerts and evening light-ups.
The Jindai Botanical Gardens also include a large tropical glass house and have extensive lawns where Tokyoites gather to picnic in fine weather. Altogether there are over 19,000 tall trees and 12,000 shrubs.
Jindai Botanical Gardens
31-10 Jindai-moto-machi 5-chome
Tel: 0424 83 2300
Take a bus about 20 minutes from Mitaka Station on the JR Chuo-Sobu Line or Chofu Station on the Keio Line.
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