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Okuma Garden

Designed by Kason Sasaki, this garden with a large lawn area and pond features Japanese and Western styles blended together. The garden is assumed to have been completed in 1887, at the same time as the completion of the construction of Okuma Shigenobu’s palace. The current garden was made by retrofitting the older one, with expansion of the lawn area and addition of a miniature mountain and pond to the background. After the death of Okuma Shigenobu in 1922, the park was donated to Waseda University according to the wishes of the deceased, becoming the garden of the Okuma-kaikan Hall. The garden was severely damaged during the Second World War, being almost completely destroyed; however, it was successfully restored after the war. According to an article about the Okuma Garden published in a book called “Meien Gojisshu (fifty great gardens)” in 1910, the garden used to have a mountain, a valley, a pond, and a tower, with many winding paths. And if you went through the chrysanthemum garden behind the house and entered through the gate, there was a wide pebbled path with a roof of tangled thicket of oak and cedar trees going towards the forest, which looked like a small mountain.

Postal code 〒169-8050
Address 1-6-1, Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Open / Closed
Mon-Sat when classes are held (closed only due to severe stormy weather)
April-September 9:00-17:00
October-March 9:00-16:30
Closed: Sun(closed only due to severe stormy weather)
Nearest station / Access
  • 4-min walk from Waseda Subway Sta. (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line)
Phone number 03-3203-4333
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