Jindai Botanical Garden 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 seem to take a back seat. If you are a photographer, this is another place to put on your bucket list.
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!
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 exceptionally good. Some people might say 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 warmer weather plants.
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 Garden?
It’s all about the flowers, which include:
- cherry blossoms
- Japanese iris
- pampas grass
- scarlet hibiscus.
And don’t forget the greenhouse! It houses a lot of tropical plants. You will find a rest area inside too!
Jindai Botanical Gardens Rose Festival
It is held twice a year, in spring and autumn. Click here to see pictures from the 2021 event. It should be on your bucket list of events to see in Tokyo if you are a flower lover.
Tripods are not allowed.
Where are Jindai Botanical Gardens?
There are no train stations within walking distance. If you don’t have a car or use a taxi, take a bus. These are the best options:
1) Tsutsujigaoka station (つつじヶ丘駅) – This station is on the Keio Line. From its north exit, take a bus bound for Jindaiji 深大寺. It’s about an eighteen-minute ride;
2) Kichijoji station (吉祥寺駅) – Find bus stop number 6, take a bus bound for Jindaiji (深大寺), and;
3) Mitaka station (三鷹駅) – Leave via the south exit and find bus stop number 3. From there, take Odakyu bus #65 to Jindaiji (深大寺).
Here is a Google map:
Bicycles are also an option. You can park them near the main and the Fukadaiji gates.
Jindai is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm, with last entry at 4:00. The gardens are closed on Mondays and from December 26 to February 8.
Other photo spots near Jindai Botanical Gardens?
Unfortunately, there is nothing within easy walking distance. You’ll need to use buses, taxis or bicycles to move to other places. My list is:
Jindai Botanical Garden is a fantastic place. You could spend several hours there photographing its flowers. It also has a restaurant, little kiosks, and some pop-up shops selling flowers occasionally. And if you didn’t know, it is famous for its temple and soba shops. Those are right outside the main gate.
Jindai is an excellent place for flower photographers. Click here to see the official website. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. I will do my best to get back to everyone.