Autumn Rose Festival / Kyu Furukawa teien (Former Furukawa Garden)
Originally, this place was owned by viscount Mutsu Munemitsu, major cabinet member of Meiji government. When Munemitsu's 2nd son married into Furukawa family who ran the Furukawa conglomerates, this place was passed on to Furukawa family. Furukawa built a western house and a western garden on the top of the hill. This western house and garden was designed by British architect Josiah Conder, the father of Japanese architecture. They also made a Japanese garden on the foot of the hill.
In Showa-era, the ownership was transferred from Furukawa family to Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and nowadays this garden has been opened to the public. It's very interesting garden. You would be surprised that western style and Japanese style are present simultaneously without any incongruity.
The autumn rose festival has been held at Frukawa teien till November 5th, and I(Shige) visited to take photos (Unfortunetely, Lee couldn't enter there).
It was gorgeous with full bloomed roses. Even for I'm not familiar with the gardening, I could imagine the enormous efforts must be needed to keep this wonderful roses.
There were many photographers all over the garden.
Under the woods behind the roses, there is a Japanese garden.
There are some small tea houses among the trees. You can enjoy a maccha green tea and sweets there.
Some leaves began to turn red and gold. I heard that the autumn leaves are also wonderful. You can enjoy it in mid or late Norvember.
Kyu Furukawa teien official HP(English / Japanese)
You can go there from Nishigahara of the subway Tokyo Metro, or Komagome of the Yamanote-line JR / the subway Tokyo Metro.
I'll visit there again on late November and report the autumn leaves.