The Institute for Nature Study is situated in Shirokanedai, a region created 200,000-500,000 years ago by marine erosion (land erosion caused by ocean waves, tidal currents, and various forms of oceanic movements). Registered among Japan’s Natural and Historical Treasures and Monuments in 1949, the institute was opened to the public as a national educational garden. In these spacious 20-hectare (about 50-acre) gardens you’ll find deciduous trees like konara oak and Japanese zelkova, pines, and massive Japanese chestnut trees as well as wetlands, ponds, streams, and a botanical garden. Here, you'll be able to observe a wide variety of flowers, insects, and plants up close all throughout the year. It's hard to believe that a place dedicated to such a precious richness of greenery exists in the middle of central Tokyo! To deepen visitors' understanding of the natural world, the institute also offers a wide range of events, including Sunday nature observation and nature classrooms for children. Getting here is a 9-minute walk along Meguro-dori Street from Meguro Station or a 7-minute walk from Shirokanedai Station.
5-21-5, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-0071
- Nearest Station
･ Tokyo Metro Namboku Line
･ Toei Mita Line
7 minutes on foot
- Phone Number
Our staff may only be able to communicate in Japanese.
Tuesday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Sunday 9:00am - 4:30pm
*As above Sep. to Apr.; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. May. to Aug.; Last admission 4:00 p.m.
Open Monday for national holidays, closes following Tuesday; closes New Year’s holiday (December 28th – January 4th)
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