Kiyosumi Gardens, or Kiyosumi Teien (清澄庭園), is a Japanese stroll garden which is a 3-minute walk from Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station of the Toei Oedo Line or the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line. The garden is notable for its brand-name rocks collected from across the nation.
Where the garden is located is said to have been the residence of Kinokuniya Bunzaemon, a legendary merchant in the early Edo period, though there are no reliable evidence about this. In the early 18th century the site became a suburban house of a domain lord family. After the feudal times ended, in 1878 the land was purchased by Iwasaki Yataro, founder of Mitsubishi conglomerate, and was created into a garden like what you can see now, though in those days the grounds and the pond in the center were twice as large as they are now. Later the eastern half of the garden was donated to then Tokyo City and was opened to the public as Kiyosumi Gardens in 1932.
3-3-9 Kiyosumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo MAP
Access: a 3-min walk from Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station of the Toei Oedo Line or the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line