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The Institute for Nature Study

The Institute for Nature StudyThe Institute for Nature Study ("Shizen Kyoikuen" in Japanese) is a natural garden, and is located about 0.3 km east-northeast of JR Meguro station.
It has an area of 20 hectares, and there are natural forests, fields, ponds and streams in this site.

Originally here was the site of a samurai's residence.
In Meiji period, this site was used as the ammunition storage of the military and naval forces.
And in Taisho period here became a land of Emperor's family.
The general public had never entered into this site in any age, so this site remains in untouched nature, although it is right in the heart of Tokyo.

This site was designated as a natural monument and historic place in 1949, and was opened to the public. And here has become the institute for nature study belonging to the National Science Museum of Japan since 1962.

We can enter here for a fee of 300 yen, and walk around in the nature.

How to get to here

By JR

  • 7 minutes walk from Meguro station (Yamanote Line).

By subway

  • 4 minutes walk from Shirokanedai station (Nanboku and Mita Lines)



The entrance of the Institute for Nature Study
A pond in the Institute for Nature Study
A walking trail in the Institute for Nature Study


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