Heading to a green spot on my ap

I arrived in Tokyo on a wet, slushy afternoon, but that didn’t keep me inside. I’d sat for the past couple of hours on a Shinkansen so headed to Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens close to where I stayed in Chiyoda-ku.

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, Tokyo
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, Tokyo

I spotted a dab of green on my map and took off, gripping my umbrella against the wind and rain. I wasn’t expecting much, but these were beautiful gardens with three separate ponds and two tiny rivers running through the verdant site.

Iris    Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, Tokyo
One of the hundreds of iris drooping from the rain, Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, Tokyo

The Plum trees were laden with fruit and the ground dotted with their yellow remains. I missed the weeping cherry tree when it was flowering, but it was still eye catching, reminding me of a well manicured bonsai work of art.

Shidare-zakura (weeping cherry)
Shidare-zakura (weeping cherry)

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