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In the large pond ,there are three islands and the buildings reflect tea ceremony space architecture. The highpoint of this garden is the reflections of birds and trees that can be seen in the pond. In previous days, the water for the pond was brought into the grounds from the Sumidagawa and the water level of the pond was subject to slighty change because of the influence of the tides in Tokyo Bay. At the present time, rainwater is being used for the pond.


This term refers to the stepping stone pathways that lead across shallow parts of the pond. When crossing the pond using one of these stepping stone pathways, one can view the fish in the pond and enjoy the changing reflections of the trees and greenery of the garden that are reflected on the surface of the pond.


The Iwasaki family collected fine and beautiful stones from all over Japan using their steamships and placed around the garden. Typical of the stones collected were "Izu-iso-ishi," "Iyo-ao-ishi," "Ikoma-ishi," "Izu-Shikinejima-ishi", "Sado-akadamaishi," "Soshu-Manazuru-ishi", "Bitchu-Mikage-ishi", "Kamo-Maguro-ishi", "Kyoto-Hazugawa-ishi", "Sanuki-Mikage-ishi", "Nebukawa-ishi", etc., all of which can be seen in the garden. In addition, including the flagstones and pond pathway stones, the total number of stones used is immense and the garden can indeed be perceived as a stone garden.


The highest and largest artificial hill in the gardens.The entire hill is covered with azaleas. Also called an azalea hill, since the hill is completely covered with flowers in early May.

Taisho Kinenkan

A funeral hall used for the funeral of the late Emperor Taisho was moved to the gardens. The original hall was burnt down in the last war and it was reconstructed in 1953 using the materials of the hall which served for the funeral of the late empress Teimei.

Basho Haiku in Stone

Famous Basho's haiku poem, "Furuikeya, kawazu tobikomu mizu no oto" (The sound of a frog, jumpig into an old pond) can be seen carved on the monument stone. This stone was originally located on the bank of Sumida River, but was moved into the Kiyosumi gardens at the time when the bank protecction works were carried out.


This sukiya-design (teahouse)building heightens the beauty of the Japanese gardens.The Iwasaki Family built Ryoutei house to welcome Marshal Kitchener of England, who made a trip to Japan in 1909 as a national guest. The building was entirely renovated in 1985.

Bird watching

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