Komagome Station is a train station located in Komagome district of Toshima Ward of Tokyo. The station is served by East Japan Railway Company Yamanote Line and Tokyo Metro Namboku Line.


Komagome is located in the north of Tokyo. During the 17th to 19th centuries, feudal lords of Edo built their residences in this area because of the serenity of the place. Komagome still retains much of the Edo charm as is evident from the several shrines and Jizo (guardian deity of small children) located in the area surrounding the station. The many shops of Komagome sell Japanese-style accessories and kimono fabric, and the small restaurants sell traditional Japanese delicacies. But what Komagome is best known for is its greenery and many parks. The best known garden of the area is Rikugien, which can easily be reached by walking from Komagome Station.


Rikugien Garden


Rikugien Garden is not only one of Tokyo's, but also Japan's, most beautiful and famous Japanese landscaped gardens. It was built in 1695 by feudal lord Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa, a favorite of Shogun Tunayoshi Tokugawa, and was completed in 1702. It remained private property till 1938, when it was donated to the Tokyo City Government, who later opened it to the public. In 1953, the garden was designated a special site of exceptional beauty and an important cultural asset.


Rikugien is a spacious garden, which takes about an hour to stroll through all its walking paths. There is a large pond with some small islands in the middle of the garden. Other features include manicured grass, man-made hills, forested areas, crooked rustic bridges over gurgling streams , stone lanterns, and several wooden tea houses spread throughout the garden. Literally meaning “six poems garden”, Rikugien also has recreations of 88 miniature scenes from famous Japanese and Chinese poems.


Rikugien Garden is a poetic garden that attracts tourists in large numbers. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Kyu-Furukawa Garden

Kyu-Furukawa Garden, the other beautiful garden near Komagome Station, was built in 1914 by Furukawa Zaibatsu, the head of one of Japan's earliest business groups. It is divided into two parts – the Western style house with a garden in front of it, and the Japanese garden. The Western part was designed by British architect Josiah Conder (1852-1920), and the Japanese garden by the prominent Kyoto garden architect Ogawa Jihei (1860-1933) . Both the parts with their different features blend together beautifully – with the Western house on top of a hill, its garden on the slope in front, and the Japanese garden below.


The Western-style house is a classic English brick structure, very much like those found in the English countryside. The rose garden, located on the gently sloping terrace in front of the house, is divided into three tiers. The middle tier is the main flowerbed. Although not very large, this garden is very well kept and has dozens of varieties of roses.


Just below the sloping rose garden is a group of large azalea hedges that forms a kind of border. On the other side of the hedges is the beautiful Japanese garden. In the middle of this garden is a pond, called Shinji-Ike , with a gracefully curving shoreline. In the pond there are colorful fish and turtles that are a delight to watch. An artificial waterfall drops down into the pond, which adds to its beauty. There is also a teahouse and a large lantern on one side of the pond. The rest of the garden is all beautiful sloping hills and a forest with paths winding through them. The paths are lined with stone lanterns.


Kyu-Furukawa Garden is highly recommended for the beautiful blend of east and west.

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