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About Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo and the Chinzanso Garden

The historical Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is a luxury garden oasis in the heart of Tokyo. The gardens were formally established in 1861 during the Meiji era, but the land has been beloved as far back as 700 years ago.

Mr. Aritomo Yamagata, former Prime Minister of Japan, came into possession of the Chinzanso land in the 1800's. Mr. Yamagata developed the garden with a Kaiyuu-style design that consists of vast green grasslands, a pond, a Tsukiyama (earth molded to look like a small mountain) and winding rivers.

The majority of the trees and structures burnt down in the 1940's. In 1948, the owner wanted to make it a place where people could gather so he planted 10,000 trees to revive the area.

The spacious garden now blooms throughout the year. The sounds and smells can be enjoyed from the hotel during any season. It is said that a "walk in the garden brings peace and relaxation to weary travelers."

The Garden is filled with historical artifacts that show travelers a glimpse into Japan's past. 


Chinzanso Garden Activities

Click here for an interactive map of the historical artifacts found in the Chinzanso Garden.

The hotel has organized six different self-guided walks through the Garden, with recommendations on not-to-miss features. Click here to get your Garden Walk Guide.



Tokyo: Things to Do and See

Asakusa is the center of Tokyo's shitamachi (literally "low city"), one of Tokyo's districts where an atmosphere of the past decades survives. Asakusa's main attraction is Sensoji Temple, a very popular Buddhist temple built in the 7th century. The temple is approached via the Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional local snacks for centuries. Temple visitors will go through Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate), which is the first of two large entrance gates built more than 1000 years ago.


Tokyo Sky Tree
Standing at 634m, the Tokyo Skytree is the tallest free-standing building in the world. The decision on the figure "634" for the height was based on the concept of choosing a figure that would be easy for everyone to remember. From the observation decks, the landscape of the old Musashi Province reminds visitors of the locality and history of the area surrounding Tokyo.

Take the elevator all the way up t Floor 450 and enjoy the 360 degree view of the city!


Imperial Palace East Gardens
The Imperial Palace East Gardens are a part of the inner palace area and are open to the public. They are the former site of Edo Castle's innermost circles of defense, the honmaru ("main circle") and ninomaru ("secondary circle"). None of the main buildings exist today, but the moats, walls, entrance gates, and several guardhouses still do.


Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine is the Shinto Shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. The shrine is located in a 170 acre forest, made up of 120,000 trees that were all donated by people from Japan.









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