The garden of the Nezu-Museum is not the only museum garden in our series of “Secret Gardens in Tokyo”.
It may seem odd to add such gardens, however, most of them have the history of an old garden and deserve their place on our website.
I visited the Museum and its garden for the first time in 2012 when it was still very hot and a lot of mosquitoes tried to bite me..
When I entered the ground I still remember that I was stunned by the modern exterior in front of the main building. Already at this time I wasn’t so interested in the exhibits and rushed through the exhibition halls to get into the garden as soon as possible!
The Nezu Museum is quite famous all over the world for its exquisite collection of Japanese and Chinese Art from several centuries.
The main building was designed by the famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and reopened in 2009.
However, not only the design of the building and the collection are a reason to visit this place, the garden is as well.
A lot of the exhibits are placed there and it has several well-preserved teahouses on its ground.
Tea ceremonies are still held in these teahouses by tea societies. If you are lucky, you can see them walking through the garden in Kimono. It is not possible to attend these ceremonies when not invited.
The garden is built in pond-strolling style, but different to daimyo gardens it looks very nature-like. This was indeed the intention of Nezu Kaichiro, who bought the land in 1906 and built his residence here.
His son preserved the style up until the Second World War, where the garden and buildings were destroyed by air-raids.
However, the garden was rebuilt later and the nature-like appearance is still visible!
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Please also read my previous article about the Nezu-Museum in contrast to so-called Japanese gardens in the western world!
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