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Higo Hosokawa – great for photographs and lunch

Higo Hosokawa Gardens is an excellent place in spring and autumn.  With its flowers and trees, nature photographers should find it interesting.  It is also pretty enough to enjoy your bento at lunchtime!  And nearby are some photo spots that add a little more value.

autumn leaves and yukitsuri

The park is small, only 500 square meters in size. A carp-filled pond dominates its center.  A tree-covered hill is on one side, and a lawn is on another.  Winding paths circle the area.  A few stone lanterns and a pagoda dot the grounds. 

stone lantern and autumn leaves

Higo Hosokawa Garden is a great place, especially for lunch.  You can’t have a barbeque, but there are benches on which to enjoy a bento.  Bright sunny days always see lots of people eating outside.  And if you are lucky, there might even be a couple in kimono, having their wedding photographs taken.

There is a house/administration office on the grounds.  You can enter it, but it doesn’t hold much of interest.  Most people visit it to use the toilets and drink machines.  On the hill above the park is Eisei Bunko Museum.  It houses an art collection from the Hosokawa family.  

A brief history of Higo Hosokawa

At the beginning of the Edo period,  Higo Hosokawa was home to one of the Shogunate’s retainers.  The Shimizu family, at some point, took it over.  The Hitotsubashi family followed them and then the Hosokawa.  

In the post-war period, ownership changed several times.  In 1961, it became a metropolitan park.  Bunkyo Ward took over its administration in 1975. 

Higo Hosokawa yukitsuri

What can you photograph at Higo Hosokawa?

  • There are lots of flowers and trees.  
  • In spring, plum blossoms and cherry blossoms.  
  • Autumn leaves.
  • There is yukitsuri (a rope technique used to protect trees from snow) of the pine trees in winter in the colder months.  
Higo Hosokawa pond and yukitsuri

Where is Higo Hosokawa Gardens?

The garden is about a ten to fifteen-minute walk from Waseda (subway) station.  Here is a map:

Public Restrooms 


Higo Hosokawa lawn

Opening Hours

The garden is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the last admission at 4:30 p.m.

From November to January, it is open from the hours are slightly different, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, with the last admission at 4:00 p.m.

Higo Hosokawa is closed from December 28 to January 4. 

Admission Costs


Higo Hosokawa in autumn

What photo spots are near Higo Hosokawa?

Wrapping up

If you want something different for nature photography in Tokyo, Higo Hosokawa might be for you.  Go there in spring or autumn with your camera.  It should have enough to keep you occupied for quite a while.  You could even enjoy lunch there.  Make sure to rug up if you go in winter! Click here to see the park’s website. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

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