Natural scenery that has survived to the present day
This large green forest zone known as the Institute for Nature Study which remains in the heart of Tokyo has been designated as a Natural Monument as well as a Historic Site, and is a garden museum that has retained its natural appearance. The history of this land and the people is said to have begun from the lifestyles of people from ancient times according to the discovery of earthenware and mounds of shells from around 2500 years ago. During the Heian Era between the 9th and 12th centuries, rice fields were cultivated, and during the Muromachi Era (1337-1573), residences for powerful families were built there. In the Edo Era of the 17th century, gardens were also constructed as the residences for the daimyo (feudal lords). The old pine trees within the park that are known as The Fabled Pine and The Great Serpent Pine are said to be remnants from the age of the daimyo gardens when they were planted. Currently, unlike other botanical gardens, the zone is being preserved based on the idea “of retaining its original natural form as much as possible” as its lush natural scenery expands to the point where it’s hard to believe that it is part of the urban landscape.
A natural treasure box right in the middle of Tokyo
Within this green zone which inhabits one corner of a quiet residential area, a beautiful scene has been created by deciduous and coniferous trees that traverses through the nature of the four seasons and puts the minds of visitors at ease. When you put your ear to the quiet and the sound of water from the fields of Japanese pampas grass and reeds, the ponds and the small stream flowing in the park, you feel that you are in another world and forget that you are in Tokyo. Take a stroll here while observing the naturally inhabiting insects and wild birds and relax while enjoying the splendid vista of the naturally blossoming flora. At the Institute for Nature Study, there are educational activities actively held such as a Sunday observation society where people can get an even closer look and deeper understanding of nature.