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Institute for Nature Study - Minato ward

This is a preserved forest and marshland in the middle of the city.  It cannot be compared with any other famous parks here in Tokyo because this is mainly for research and study. It is open to the public for a quiet nature walk so it is a quick getaway from the busy city life. Or if you are a tourist and want to do some "soul-searching", this place would suit that purpose.



Institute of Nature Study Tokyo


The purpose of this post is to document our experience and hopefully provide useful information to others. Enjoy!


A SANCTUARY OF NATURAL BEAUTY


That right there is 20 hectares of lush nature preserved for educational value. The Institute is home to 1,080 species of plant, 2,100 species of insect, and 130 bird species as per the official website.

It is situated just beside the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum which has a Japanese garden too so don't mistake the entrances.

Make sure that you bring an insect repellent as there are a lot of mosquitoes due to the marshland. We went there when it just stopped raining so our shoes got really muddy.

We encountered a baby snake! Lucas almost stepped on it and we caught it on video! (see link at the bottom of the page)

We took a lot of good photos but I'm sharing my favorite photos along with the guide map...

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo
Official Guide Map

1 - Education Management Building 


ticketing machine in the Institute of Nature Study Tokyo
An adult is 320 yen but High school and younger are free

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo
The entrance that leads directly to the first path

    2 - Robo Botanical Garden 

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Look who's having a nature walk.

Summer is green green green!

3 - Fabled Pine


I'm sorry I did not notice this fabled pine that existed in the Edo Period. It should be near Hyotan pond.

4 - Hyotan Pond


The background is maple trees so it will turn red during fall. We will definitely come back on a weekday to make sure there are only few people around.

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo


Institute of Nature Study Tokyo
This is the only rest area with a roof.

5 - Suisei Botanical Garden - (B - turning colors of maple)


Institute of Nature Study Tokyo

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo




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"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather... always bring your own sunshine." It rained today so we didn't thought we could go out. The weather forecast kept on changing! The rained stopped at 11AM and so we rode our bikes for 30minutes to get to this place. It is a forest preserved in the middle of busy Tokyo. We immersed ourselves once again in the beauty of nature. The rain was a blessing because we only saw about 10 people within that 20 hectares of land 😊 We were surrounded by trees but it was very hot and humid! What's the weather in your place now? #thisisjapan #natureinstitute #forestinthecity #forestphotography #forest #naturewalk #surprisingbynature #greentokyo #tokyoblogs #tokyoblogger #pinoyinjapan #filipinobloggers

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I saw a lot of senior citizens taking photos around this area.

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo
It's no wonder there are a lot of mosquitoes right?

6 - Forest Path (C - creeks & marshes)

This is the path where we encountered the baby snake! Be careful guys!

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"We may not have all the answers but we have a purpose." -Andy from the movie The Old Guard We watched the movie on Netflix last night. Have you watched it? At the start of the movie the main character struggled and said, "With what's happening with the world, something is not good enough." Or something like that... In the end, she realized that one small act is significant. Because of its ripple effect. We don't have to think grand when it comes to our purpose in life. If we can just help one person, then I think that is good enough. That person will be helping another person, and so on. This park is perfect for #soulsearching and think about your #purposedrivenlife . If you #immerseinnature , you will come out a #betterperson #mamadrama #realizations #movie #movielesson #theoldguard #rippleeffect #tokyoblogs #tokyojapan #tokyoparks

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"Life takes you to unexpected places. Love takes you home" When we came here for vacation November of 2018, I just had a strange feeling that we will live here. And then my husband was transferred here! Now, after a year of moving here, it's home... for now anyway! 😊 See the Top 8 things I love about living in Japan on my blog. Link in bio. Photo Story: It felt like we were in a different place! This was the kind of place Katniss Everdeen was in the movie The Hunger Games Catching Fire. And my son almost stepped on a small snake! We didn't know there was one! We caught it on video but since the snake slithered away it can't be seen here within IG's req. #amazingexperience #jungleintokyo #jungleinjapan #naturerocks #ilovegreen #naturelovers #blessed #palmtrees #naturephotography #natureinstitute #tokyojapan #tokyoblogs #ilovejapan #thingsiloveaboutjapan #home #unexpected #unexpectedbeauty

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Institute of Nature Study Tokyo

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo

7 - Ancient Pine

Again, I did not notice this "Great Serpent Pine" that is about 300 years old. But I did notice this big tree with a stag beetle. 

I can't tell if it's eating the other beetle or if they are mating!  I just took a quick shot and left nature alone with its own business! Haha!

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo


8 - Mizudori Marsh (E- oak forest)

It's amazing to see animals in their natural habitat.

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo


9 - Ruins of an ancient villa


Institute of Nature Study Tokyo

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo


πŸ—Ύ 5-21-5, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0071
⛺ Size: 20 hectares
🌳 konara oak, Japanese zelkova, and dogwood, as well as conifers such as a sweet-acorn tree, bamboo-leaf oak, and pine

ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG KIDS

  • Playground - none but there is a playground beside it
  • Running - the path is not paved so running won't be advisable
  • Insects & other creatures can be observed within a closed range but are not allowed to take home
  • Great way to inspire kids on how we share the planet with other living things
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Nakatsamba ako ng magandang shot dito hehe!

ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILY OR GROUPS
  • Photography - we saw lots of old people with complete photography gears
  • Picnic - it is not forbidden but there are a lot of tables and chairs all around the area

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo


FOR RELAXATION
  • Nature walk or just sit quietly - As they say, immerse yourself in nature and come out different
Institute of Nature Study Tokyo

Institute of Nature Study Tokyo
Sitting areas like this are all around Japan and you'll see people sitting quietly staring into space or reading a book.

FITNESS AND SPORTS
  • Only walking is allowed
  • Bikes are not allowed inside
Institute of Nature Study Tokyo
I think the snake was around these areas of the Forest path.

ANNUAL CALENDAR 
  • There are cherry trees and maple trees so it would be best for spring and fall season.  We came in the summer and the photos looked great too with the vibrant green backgrounds, right?
  • To know the best time to visit the park, see the official website as they provide frequent "Best Time to Visit" calendar due to the many flora and fauna that you will be able to see.

Some notable features:
  • Bicycles are not allowed inside. There is a limited parking area for bicycles by the entrance and also at the playground beside it.
  • Only 300 pax per day will be allowed inside
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