Sumida River is a place you can enjoy walking and biking. Let me introduce you Kiyosumi area which is a historic place as well as emerging area with stylish coffee and tea shops. If you cross the Kiyosu-bashi Bridge and proceed just a block east, there is Kiyosumi Garden. This is now a municipal park of Tokyo Metropolitan Government but it used to be a house of a prosperous merchant Kinokuniya Bunzaemon who were active during 17th and 18th century. By the time Edo period when shogun governed Japan finished, this property was already deteriorated but it was bought by the business man and the founder of Mitsubishi conglomerate Yataro Iwasaki. Iwasaki converted this property into the private garden in 1880. It is a Japanese garden but Iwasaki also built a western style building.
I will tell you more about this area in the next posting.
For More Information on Kiyosumi Garden
Address: 3-9 Kiyosumi 3-chome, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (last admission at 4:30pm) Closed between Dec. 29 – Jan. 1
Admission: Adults (junior high students and older) 150 yen
Senior (65 yrs and older) 70 yen
Public Transportation: 3 min from Kiyosumi Shirakawa Station of Toei Oedo Line and Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line