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Top 9 Tokyo Iris Gardens

My wedding flowers were irises so I have a sweet spot for them! Here are my favorite top 9 Tokyo Iris gardens.  Irises follow shortly behind hydrangea as the June rain fills the shallow water areas perfect for Iris blooms.  With over 2,000 species of Irises that bloom from late May to late June, you are bound to find some beauties. If you are in Tokyo in May and June, also checkout our favorite Hydrangea locations. 

Top 8 Tokyo Iris Gardens

1. Imperial Palace East Garden, Chiyoda-ku (皇居東御苑)

The East Garden has a lovely iris garden which is a little slice of imperial heaven in June. This space is the closest that one can get to the palace.

Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8111 (〒100-8111 東京都千代田区千代田1-1)
Hours: Closing time depends on the month but opens from 9:00 am – until about 16:00. Closed on Mondays and Fridays.
Admission: free
Access: 5-minute walk from exit C13a of Otemachi Station on the Toei Mita line, and Tokyo Metro on the Chiyoda, Tozai, Hanzomon, and Marunouchi lines. A 15-minute walk from Marunouchi North Exit of Tokyo station.

2. Meiji Jingu Iris Garden, Shibuya-ku – Most people have visited the Meiji Jingu religious area but have you visited the Garden? The entrance is about 1/3 the way to the shrine and costs 500 yen to enter. The highlight of the garden is the over 1,500 iris plants and 150 species.  Learn more about Meiji Jingu on this post.

Address: 1-chome, Ouji, Kita-ku, Tokyo (google map)
Hours: open 24 hours
Admission: free
Access: 4 min walk from Oji-station on the Namboku Line
Website

3. Nezu Musuem Garden, Minato-kuNezu Museum Garden, Best Living Japan

The Nezu is a beautiful museum with rotating exhibits, but the garden behind the main museum is a treasure. My favorite time to visit the garden is in the autumn foliage period and summer irises. The ponds are filled with irises in June. To enter the garden you must buy a museum ticket.

Address: 6-5-1 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo (google map)
Hours: Closed Monday (unless Monday is a national holiday, then closed on Tuesday); open 10:00-17:00
Admission: General admission to a special exhibition Adult: 1,600 yen, Student: 1,300 yen.
Access: 8 min walk from Omotesando station (Exit A5) on the Ginza, Hanzomon and Chiyoda lines. Parking available for 9 cars.
Website: http://www.nezu-muse.or.jp/en/ (English website)
Note: the garden is not wheel chair or stroller friendly.

4. Koishikawa Korakuen, Bunkyo-kuKoishikawa Park

Address: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (google map)
Hours: everyday 9:00-17:00 (last entry 16:30) closed 12/29-1/1
Admission: general 300JPY, over 65  150JPY
Access: 3 mins walk from Idabashi Sta. on the Toei Oedo Line
Website:  http://teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/koishikawa/index.html

5. Shōbunuma Park, Adachi-ku

This is a great little park at the end of the Chiyoda line. It has a park and water attractions. The five iris fields have over 140 varieties slayed out around cute wooden walk ways.  A great day trip from downtown Tokyo.

Address: 2-4-1 Yanaka, Adachi City, Tokyo 120-0006 (google map)
Hours: open 24 hours
Admission: free
Access: 1 min walk from Kita-ayase Sta. on the Chiyoda line

6. Mizumoto Park, Katsushika-ku

Mizumoto Park is the largest park in Tokyo 23 wards and has the largest Iris garden. There are over 100 varieties. The huge park of 227 acres has flowers and trees, an athletic park, dog run and more. Kids and four legged friends will be thrilled to spend the day here.

Address: 3-2 Mizumotokoen, Katsushika City, Tokyo 125-0034 (google map)
Hours: open 24 hours
Admission: free
Access: get off at Kanamachi station on the Chiyoda-ku Line, then take a four min bus. There are some paid parking lots around the park, although they do become very crowded on the weekends.

7.  Horikiri Iris Garden, Katsushika-ku 

This garden was created hundreds of years ago, but was only partially reconstructed after WWII. The garden is entirely cared for by the area elderly and also lends out iris pots to elderly centers. You can also enjoy wisteria, cherry blossom, peonies and more. A beautiful garden to visit many times per year.

Address: 2-19-1 Horikiri, Katsushika City, Tokyo 124-0006 (google map)
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 everyday, in June 8:00 – 18:00
Admission: free
Access: a 10 min walk from Horikiri Shobu-en Station on the Keisei Line, some paid parking available in surrounding lots
Website: http://www.city.katsushika.lg.jp.e.op.hp.transer.com/institution/1000096/1006888.html

Koiwa Iris garden

8. Koiwa Iris Garden, Edogawa-ku

This lovely iris garden is located not the banks of the Edo River. A beautiful walking area where you can also enjoy hydrangea and other blooms throughout the year.

Address: Kita koiwa 4- chome, Edogawa 133-0051 (google map)
Hours: open 24 hours
Admission: free
Access: 5 min walk on from Edogawa Station on the Keisei Line

9. Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa City

Showa is an amazing park where you can spend the entire day viewing flowers, biking and playing at the huge playgrounds. Pack an obento and have a great trip. In June Showa Kinen park has a beautiful selection of Hydrangea and Irises.

Address: Midoricho 3173, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo 国営昭和記念公園 (〒190-0014 東京都立川市緑町3173) 
Telephone: 042- 524-1516 (Japanese language only)
Hours: March 1 – October 31: 9:30 – 17:00; November 1 – February end: 9:30 – 16:30
Website: http://www.showakinen-koen.jp/guide-english/schedule-english/ 
Cost to enter park: Adults (15 – 64) 450 JPY,  seniors (65+) 210 JPY, JHS and under FREE
Access: 2 min walk from Nishi Tachikawa Station, 14 min walk from Tachikawa station. I recommend you take eh Chuo Line from Shinjuku directly to Nishi Tachikawa station which is a good spot to get a rental bike. There is a also a large parking lot at the Nishi Tachikawa park side (near the station). Cost to park is 820 JPY for the day.

P.S. Check out our Tokyo One Day Itineraries:

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