New Year at Tokyo’s Gardens

9:00am – 5:00pm

On January 2 and 3, eight metropolitan gardens in Tokyo open and host special events to celebrate the start of the New Year.

What happens?

Each garden will have a special event including New Year’s decorations, children’s play areas, and commemorative photo spots.

  • Hamarikyu Gardens: At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., there will be a falconry display. Visitors can also play some traditional-style Japanese New Year’s games and enjoy some matcha and sweets.
  • Kyu-Shiba Rikyu Garden: From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., visitors can play some New Year’s games including feather pounding and kendama, a wooden skill toy. There will also be a commemorative photo spot.
  • Koishikawa Korakuen: The event taking place at Kyu-Shiba Rikyu Garden will also be taking place at Koshikawa Korakuen at the same time.
  • Rikugien: From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., those wearing a kimono will receive an original Rikugien postcard. There will also be a special flower display and commemorative photo spot.
  • Former Iwasaki Residence Garden: Beautiful fresh flowers will be displayed in honor of the new year. Visitors can also write their resolutions down on wishing cards.
  • Kiyosumi Garden: Visitors can learn more about the history of the Iwasaki Family and gardens through a special exhibition.
  • Old Koga Garden: There will be a chance to play New Year’s games such as kendama and spinning tops as well as a commemorative photo spot.
  • Tonogayato Garden: On January 3 only, there will be some displays and a chance to enjoy some matcha and sweets.


Some of the gardens have a small entrance fee:

  • Hamarikyu Gardens: adults, ¥300 and over 65s, ¥150
  • Kyu-Shiba Rikyu Garden: adults ¥150 and over 65s, ¥70
  • Koishikawa Korakuen: adults, ¥300 and over 65s, ¥150
  • Rikugien: adults, ¥300 and over 65s, ¥150
  • Former Iwasaki Residence Garden: adults, ¥400 and over 65s, ¥200
  • Kiyosumi Garden: adults, ¥150 and over 65s, ¥70
  • Tongayato Garden: adults and Junior high school students, ¥150 and over 65s, ¥70
Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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