Komatsu Building Rooftop Garden

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Name in Japanese: コマツビル屋上庭園
Area: Akasaka
Address: 2 Chome-3-6 Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo [map]
Phone: 03-3584-6531 03-3584-6531
Access: 330 m from Tameikesannō Station Ginza Line (G6)Namboku Line (N6)
0.5 km from Akasaka Station Chiyoda Line (C6)
0.7 km from Roppongi-itchōme Station Namboku Line (N5)
Hours: Fridays, 2pm - 4pm
Admission: Free
Parking options: No parking
Website: http://www.hananokai.or.jp/komatsu/

Located on the rooftop of the 10-floor Komatsu Building, is a remarkable one-of-a-kind oasis just a stone’s throw from the traffic and crowds of Akasaka and Roppongi. Constructed together with the building in 1966, the garden is actually home to mature cherry blossom trees that are even older than the garden in which they are planted.

Photo by Gregory Lane

The 1070 square meter garden is especially popular during hanami (cherry blossom viewing) season, with 18 trees and 14 different varieties of cherry. The different varieties begin flowering in January with the early blossoming kanzakura and continue until mid April with the later blossoming yaezakura varieties.

Photo by Gregory Lane

Run by the Flower Association of Japan (located in the same building), the garden is divided into three distinct zones: the Sakura-teien (cherry blossom garden), the Deck Garden and the Square Garden. The last two were added in 2001 and 2003 respectively.

Photo by Gregory Lane

Even though the garden is popular for the cherry blossoms, flowers bloom throughout the garden all year round.

Photo by Gregory Lane

To visit the garden, report to the first-floor reception of the Komatsu Building just before 2 pm on a Friday. The garden is open for a two-hour window until 4 pm. There is a drinks vending machine on the roof, but sadly, picnics are not permitted. If Friday is a public holiday, the garden will be closed. During hanami season, the garden will occasionally be opened up for the same hours on Saturday. Email ahead to the Japan Flower Association if you are unsure.