Jindai Botanical Gardens: A photo guide

Jindai Botanical Gardens is famous for its roses. They are up with the best in Tokyo. You can find about 5000 bushes there. It has other flowers too, but they take a back seat. But ignore them at your peril because this place holds some great secrets! Flower photographers love this place.

Showa Memorial Park and Shinjuku Gyoen might be much larger. But, at 425000 square meters, Jindai is no slouch. If you were to walk around it in its entirety, it would take a long time. Anyway, people go for its English and international roses. Spring and autumn are very much looked forward to here!

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An Ingrid Bergman rose.

The rose garden, for those into flower photography, is superb. At one end is a covered area with a kiosk; at the other is a greenhouse, and in the middle are some fountains. Roses cover everything. It is very picturesque. In spring and autumn, it is a sea of color. You might find a macro lens handy.

And quality? They are better than those of another famous garden in Tokyo, Kyu-Furukawa. To be honest, Jindai’s are better due to the setting and the number of flowers. Both are great, but a botanical garden deserves to win, doesn’t it?

Roses aren’t the only attraction at Jindai. It also has flowers and trees. Others on the long list include scarlet hibiscus, chrysanthemums, camellia, and cherry blossoms. Of course, this is only a partial list! And don’t forget to check out the greenhouse! Inside are a variety of warm-weather plants.

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A Helena Ruzickova dahlia.

There is one thing I don’t like about Jindai Botanical Gardens. You need to take a bus to get there. Yes, you can get a train to Tsutsujigaoka, Kichijoji, or Mitaka. But, you still need to get the bus. That can be troublesome when carrying a camera and lenses.

A brief history of Jindai Botanical Gardens

  • After World War II, the land was opened to the public as “Jindai Green Area.”
  • In 1961 it became Jindai Botanical Garden, the first in Tokyo.
  • In 1984, a greenhouse was added.

Why do photographers like Jindai Botanical Gardens?

It’s all about the flowers, which include:

And don’t forget the greenhouse! It houses a lot of tropical plants. You will find a rest area inside too!

Photography tips

Tripods are not allowed.

Other photo spots in the area

Unfortunately, there is nothing within easy walking distance. You’ll need to use buses, taxis or bicycles to move to other places. But some within reasonable distance are:

If you are specifically looking for flowers in this area, Inokashira and Nogawa Parks are your best bet. Tama Cemetery can yield results, especially in autumn.

Jindai Botanical Gardens Rose Festival

It is held twice a year, in spring and autumn. Flower lovers should put it on their must-see list of events in Tokyo.

How to get to Jindai

Bus will be the best option for most people. You can get one from a nearby Chuo or Keio line station.

From the Keio Line:

Where to get the bus? Chofu Station platform 12

Which bus? An Odakyu Bus bound for Kichijoji or Mitaka Station. 

Where to get off? Jindai Botanical Gardens.

From the the JR Chuo Line:

Where to get the bus? Mitaka Station (Platform 2) or Kichijoji Station (Platform 4)

Which bus? An Odakyu bus bound for Chofu Station North Exit. 

Where to get off? Jindai Botanical Gardens.

For those wanting to go by car

Parking is limited.

Here is a map:

Entry fees

500 yen.

Opening hours

9:30 to 5 pm.

Last admittance: 4:30 pm

Closed on Monday

If Monday is a public holiday it’ll open. It will be closed the following day.

Wrapping up

Jindai Botanical Garden is a fantastic place. You could spend several hours there photographing its flowers. It also has a restaurant, little kiosks, and pop-up shops selling flowers. And if you didn’t know, it is famous for its temple and soba shops near the southside gate.  

If you are into flower still life photography Jindai would be great for you. It’s known for its roses, but there are many other flowers there. Every season has something special. Taking a bus there mightn’t be ideal for some, but this botanical garden is a treasure. 

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