6 Best Tokyo Rose Spots to visit in May

Considered a global symbol of love, roses are renowned for their sublime fragrance and the rich splash of color they add to gardens. Thousands of different cultivars are now available, ranging from classic red and bright yellow to rare blue and even black.

In Japan, May is the best time to see roses in full bloom, with several gardens that boast significant plantings. In this article, we’ll introduce some of the best places to see roses in Tokyo, including both well-known and secret spots, along with their access information and opening hours.

  • 01

    Shinjuku Gyoen

    Shinjuku Gyoen

    Shinjuku Gyoen

    Established as an imperial garden in 1906, Shinjuku Gyoen was opened to the public in 1949 and is one of Tokyo’s best places to see roses. It’s a fine example of a Western-style garden from the Meiji era, with a fusion on French, English and Japanese landscaping in its design. Around 500 roses buses of 110 different cultivars are planted here, together with around 160 sycamore trees. Pick up a map at the entrance to the garden to learn about the current highlights, which include a variety of plantings other than roses.

    Best time to see the roses: May
    Opening hours: October 1 to March 14 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (admission until 4:00 pm); March 15 to June 30, August 21 to September 30 9:00 am -6:00 pm (admission until 5:30 pm); July 1 to August 20 9:00 am-7:00 pm (entrance until 6:30 pm)
    Access: 10 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station on the JR Keio, and Odakyu Lines or five minutes on foot from Shinjuku Gyoenmae Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
    Admission: 500 yen for adults, 250 yen for 65+, 250 yen for high school students, free for junior high school students and under

  • 02

    Yoyogi Park

    Yoyogi Park

    Yoyogi Park

    One of the largest green spaces in the Tokyo Metropolitan Park system, Yoyogi Park nestles in Shibuya adjacent to Harajuku Station and the Meiji Shrine. It’s a popular place for local residents to relax amidst the bustle of the city, with seasonal blooms adding a splash of color throughout the year. In spring and autumn each year, up to 700 rose bushes come into bloom, including a vermilion rose named “Olympic Fire ’92” that was bred by Hans-Jürgen Evers in Germany.

    Best time to see the roses: May to early June
    Opening hours: 24 hours
    Access: three minutes on foot from the JR Harajuku Station or three minutes on foot from the Yoyogi Koen Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
    Admission: Free

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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Yoyogikamizonochou , Jinnan 2
    phone
    0334696081
  • 03

    Hongo Kyusuijo Park

    Hongo Kyusuijo Park

    Hongo Kyusuijo Park

    Constructed above the Hongo Waterworks in 1977, this picturesque park is located in the neighborhood of Kanda-Sarugakucho. It comprises two different areas - a Japanese garden with a pond and arbor, as well as a Western garden laid out in a French-inspired geometric design. The rose garden forms part of the Western garden and is a little-known spot where you can see around 300 rose bushes of more than 50 different varieties. There’s a tranquil stream and several rocky paths to explore, as well as a children’s playground and picnic spots. Download the free pamphlet from the Hongo Kyusuijo Park website to learn about the roses, which include the vine-like “Peace” variety and the “Magic Carousel”.

    Best time to see the roses: mid-May
    Opening hours: April to September 7:00 am-7:00 pm; October to March 9:00 am-5:00 pm
    Access: Seven minutes’ walk from Suidobashi Station on the Toei Mita Line or from Ochanomizu Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
    Admission: Free

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    place
    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Hongou 2-7
    phone
    0358031252
  • 04

    Hibiya Park

    Hibiya Park

    Hibiya Park

    Bordering the southern moat of the Imperial Palace, Hibiya Park was the country’s first public Western-style park when it was established in 1903. It features an ornate, three-tiered fountain and geometrically-designed flower beds, as well as valuable archaeological remains from the Edo period. Around 500 different kinds of roses are planted throughout the park, including the vibrant yellow “Dancing Girl of Izu” and the bright red “Mister Lincoln”.

    Best time to see the roses: May
    Opening hours: 24 hours
    Access: Adjacent to Kasumigaseki Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and Hibiya Station on the Tokyo Metro’s Hibiya, Chiyoda, and Toei Subway Mita Lines
    Admission fee: Free

  • 05

    Kyu Furukawa Gardens

    Kyu Furukawa Gardens

    Kyu Furukawa Gardens

    Centered around a Western-style mansion, the Kyu Furukawa Gardens are located in Kita Ward and have been designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty. They include a Western-style garden designed by the British landscape architect Josiah Conder in a combination of Italian and French styles, as well as a traditional Japanese garden envisioned by Kyoto gardener Jihei Ogawa. There are over 90 different varieties of roses planted in the rose garden, which can be toured following a visit to the Otani Art Museum that now occupies the mansion.

    Best time to see the roses: mid-May to late June or mid-October to late November
    Opening hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm (admission until 4:30 pm)
    Access: Seven minutes’ walk from Kaminakazato Station on the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line or from Nishigahara Station on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line
    Admission fee: 150 yen for adults, 70 yen for 65+, free for junior high, elementary school students and under (who reside in Tokyo)

  • 06

    Shikinokaori Rose Garden

    Shikinokaori Rose Garden

    Shikinokaori Rose Garden

    Situated within Shikinokaori Park, the Four Seasons of Incense Rose Garden has been designed to ignite the senses through its creative plantings. The diversity of roses here is impressive, with around 180 different varieties that include wild oriental species and those that have received awards at the World Rose Convention. Six different scents have been selected to be showcased by the gardeners, including damask, tea, fruity, blue, spicy and myrrh.

    Best time to see the roses: May
    Opening hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
    Access: six minutes’ walk from Hikarigaoka Station on the Toei Oedo Line
    Admission fee: free

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    place
    โตเกียวเนริมะฮิการิกาโอกะ5-2-6
    phone
    0369042061
  • 07

    Yokohama extra! Yamashita Park/Minato-no-Mieru-Oka Koen

    Yokohama extra! Yamashita Park/Minato-no-Mieru-Oka Koen

    Yokohama extra! Yamashita Park/Minato-no-Mieru-Oka Koen

    If you’re visiting Yokohama, don’t miss a visit to Yamashita Park and the nearby Minato-no-Mieru-Oka Koen (Harbor View Park), which offer stunning views across the port. Yamashita Park’s rose garden was reopened in 2016 and boasts around 1,900 rose bushes representing around 160 different varieties. Just a few minutes’ walk away is the Harbor View Park where you can see around 2,200 rose bushes representing 330 different varieties. The gardens are backed by the elegant architecture of British House (the former British Consulate), which gives the entire scene a very English atmosphere.

    Yamashita Park:
    Best time to see the roses: May
    Opening hours: 24 hours
    Access: three minutes’ walk from Motomachi-Chūkagai Station on the Minatomirai Line
    Admission fee: Free

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    4.0

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    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Yamashitachou 279
    phone
    0456713648

    Minato-no-Mieru-Oka Koen:
    Best time to see the roses: May
    Opening hours: 24 hours
    Access: five minutes’ walk from Motomachi-Chūkagai Station on the Minatomirai Line
    Admission fee: Free

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    phone
    0456713648

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