It might be early December, but it still looks and feels like Autumn. I’m just loving it.
This morning I spent a couple of hours wandering round a magical place: The Institute of Nature Study or Sizenkyoikuen.
The Institute is 200,000 sqm and though in the heart of Tokyo, has a variety of biospheres and habitats and is a branch of the Museum of Science.
Over the years it has belonged to various Lords, but in 1917 it became part of the Imperial Estate called Shirokane goryochi and the natural environment has been conserved since then.
Despite being right next to the expressway, it feels amazingly peaceful.
I had an amazing time taking photo after photo of all the beautiful scenes.
As it is a nature reserve and very peaceful, when I take my children I will give them something to keep their focus- eg: a note pad and pencil, as ball games and such aren’t allowed. That way they could write what they see or draw or rubbings. The variety of bark textures was great.
I will also give them a camera to take photos of what they see.
Getting there is very easy as it is a 5 minute walk from Exit 1 of Shirokanedai Station on the Namboku Line and 10 minute walk from Meguro Station’s east exit on the Yamanote Line.
I trust you will find it as beautiful as I did.