Koishikawa Botanical garden / Koishikawa Bunkyo-ward
Koishikawa Botanical Garden is the one of the research institute of the Univesity of Tokyo.
Lee and Shige often go walking around there. The circumference of this garden is quiet and there are few cars on the road. It’s very good for walking, however, unfortunately, dogs cannot walk into the garden.
This garden is the oldest botanical garden in Japan. It was established in 1684, the Samurai-period, as the medicinal herb garden of Bakufu (the government of Shogun: http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shogun ).
In 1877, when the University of Tokyo was established, this garden became a research institute of the Univesity.
There is a beautiful old building at the west end of the garden. You can see it from the outside of the wall. This is the "Tokyo Medical School" main building.The Tokyo Medical School was the origin of the University of Tokyo, faculty of medicine. This building was built at Hongoh-area (the campus of the University of Tokyo) in 1875, and relocated to this garden in 1969. This building is open even now as a small museum,,, dogs cannot walk in anyway!