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Keio Mogusaen – a little known Tokyo gem

Keio Mogusaen is one of Tokyo’s least-known parks.  So it should be because it is small and far.  Nothing happens there for much of the year.   But, in spring, flower lovers visit it in droves.  It is one of the most famous spots in the city for plum blossoms.

Bird on roof and pink plum blossoms

There are five hundred of them.  Their beautiful white, pink, and yellow petals make it worth seeing.  From when you enter the park to the top of the hill, the trees are all over the place.  There are even several that have historical significance.  It is one of the best places to see them in Tokyo.  You can see pictures from the 2022 event here.

Jushobai plum blossom tree

As the park is on the top of the hill, provided there is no heavy cloud cover, you can enjoy some views.  In one direction, Shinjuku and even Tokyo Skytree is visible.  On the other is Mt. Fuji.  In both spring and autumn, I think you’ll find them spectacular.


The other seasons are okay.  You’ll find hydrangeas, wisteria, and irises, but they are few.  I couldn’t justify traveling the long distance to see them when they are in bloom.  There are better and more accessible places to see them in inner Tokyo.

Keio Mogusaen path

Walking around, you can find some monuments to Japanese literary figures, Bokusui Wakayama and Basho Matsuo, but that is pretty much it.  There are also some kiosks that sell drinks and snacks.

Keio Mogusaen plum blossoms and view

And now, the big problem.  The park is on a big hill.  It is steep.  Getting there might be a trial for people with health or physical problems.  And once you are inside, everything is uphill, and you are confined to the paths.  There are no lawns to walk over like at Hama Rikyu or even tiny Shiba Rikyu Gardens.

large pink plum blossoms

Where is Mogusaen?

Mogusaen is a little far from Shinjuku but easy to access.  Take a Keio line express train to Fuchu station.  Then change to a local train, and after another four stops, you will arrive at Mogusaen station.  From the station’s south exit, the park is a fifteen-minute walk.

Here is a Google map:

Opening hours for Mogusaen

Mogusaen is open from 9 am to 5 pm.  However, in November and December, it closes at 4:30 pm.  It is closed on Wednesdays (or Thursday if the Wednesday is a holiday) and over the New Year period (i.e., December 30 to January 3).

Mount Fuji covered in snow

Are camera tripods allowed?

Yes, they are.

white plum blossoms

Admission costs

General entry to Mogusaen for adults is 300 yen and 100 yen for children.

Restrooms

Available

stone waka poem monument

Wrapping up

Mogusaen isn’t large and lacks the all-around versatility of Shinjuku Gyoen and Rikugien.  But, it is worth visiting in spring for its plum blossoms.  The problem is the distance from Shinjuku to Mogusaen Station.  

But if you are a flower lover, especially plum blossoms, I’d say go.  The plum blossoms and the views are fantastic.  So, if you make the trip out to it, make sure you go in spring.

stone monuments and path

Just remember it is a little far.  But if you are on limited time, then other parks closer to the center of Tokyo might be for you. You can see Mogusaen’s (Japanese) website here. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

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