Ikegami Baien Garden

池上梅園Ikegami Baien (池上梅園) is a Japanese stroll garden which is a 5-minute walk from Ikegami Honmonji Temple.
It's now run by the government of Ota-ku (Ota City), but this site used to be the residence and studio of a renowned Nihonga painter before WWII. (The buildings constructed in those days are not left, though).
After the war, it changed hands and became the second house of a ryotei (a kind of Japanese traditional restaurants) owner, and eventually ended up in the possession of Ota-ku. Ikegami is the name of this area and Baien means "apricot garden." Planted in this garden are 370 Japanese apricot trees and 800 azaleas.

Ikegami Baien
Ikegami Baien
Ikegami Apricot Garden
Ikegami Apricot Garden
Ikegami Apricot Garden
Ikegami Apricot Garden

When Japanese apricots bloom from around February to March, it looks like this.
If you are visiting Ikegami Honmonji Temple in this period, consider visiting this garden also.

Ikegami Baien Garden
Hours 9AM-4:30PM; admission 100 yen; closed Mon (the next day if a holiday. Feb-Mar not closed), late Dec-early Jan
2-2-13 Ikegami, Ota-ku, Tokyo MAP
Access: 5-min walk from Ikegami Honmonji Temple
Area guide around this site