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Happo-en, meaning 'Garden of Eight Views' or 'beautiful from all views' are traditional Japanese Gardens located in Shirokane which is not far from the centre of Tokyo.

Happo-en was once the land of a Shogun. His house was located at the top of the gardens and is now used for wedding receptions and formal dinners.

Happo-en has on display and excellent selection of Bonsai trees, some dating back over 500 years. There is a selection of fir and Sandai pines which were broght from Chishima (one of the northern islands of Japan) which have been meticulously shaped and cared for over the ages.

Bonsai tree at Happo-en Tokyo

 

Daigo Shrine is found within the Happo-en gardens, a shinto shrine. The shrine honors emperors Jimmu (660 BC - 585 BC) and Meiji (1852 - 1912). The Daigo Shrine is a National Monument.

Daigo Shrine Happo-en

Last updated 13th November 2013

Happo-en Japanese gardens Tokyo

 

Within the gardens of Happo-en is a historical Teahouse called Muan where you an experience the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Muan was originally built in the Edo Era by Tanaka Heihachi (1833 - 1884), a rich silk merchant. The name 'Muan' dates back to the Muromachi Era (1372 - 1573) which reflects the elegance of the tea ceremony spirit.

Muan Tea ceremony house Happo-en Tokyo

Tea Ceremony at Happo-en

 

The large pond in the centre of Happo-en, Ike Pond was dammed for using the water for agriculture. Today the pond has large carp fish swimming and provides a tranquil setting for the gardens.

Happo-en pond

 

 

 

 

 

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