Mukojima-Hyakkaen, established in 1804, is a long-standing public flower garden located in Sumida district of Tokyo. Since the garden was created, it has been famous for its 360 Ume, or spring plum trees. In 1945, the Great Tokyo Air Raid caused the whole garden to burn down. However, it reopened in 1949, adding autumn flowers to its collection. In addition to the garden, the building itself is a beautiful and valuable architecture.
Although Hyakkaen is small in area, there are over 600 different flowers of all seasons planted in the park. You can check the description board to find out the flowers in season. Admire the subtle beauty of the plum flower, pomegranate flower and bellflower.
Mukojima-Hyakkaen holds many seasonal events through the year. The famous one is the Plum Festival in February. The lightings of the trees in the evening will show another side of the park. You can try Tosenkyo, a fan tossing game, or watch various performances as Daidogei, street acts, and Joruri, dramatic citation. The Plum Festival is a popular event where people are able to come in touch with Edo culture.
The Hagi Festival in autumn, Tairin Asagao Festival, Moon Viewing Festival, Insect Festival, are some of the other popular festivals.
For the Moon Viewing Festival and Insect Festival, you can walk around the garden with a glass of beer in your hand, as you look up to the moon, or listen to the sounds of the insects.
The café “Satei Sahara” in the park is the perfect place for a little rest. Have a Mugirakugan, dried and sweet rice snack, with some hot green tea.
Umeboshi, or pickled ume and sweet vegetable snacks are also available for purchase.
|3, Higashi-Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo|
|8 min walk from Higashi-Mukojima station|
Over 65 ￥70