Chantelle LeenstraExploring Koishikawa Kōrakuen, Tokyo’s Edo-period stroll garden

While the weather in Sydney has been really heating up, I’ve escaped to a cooler side of the world to do something I’ve yearned to do for a while now – see Kyoto’s autumn colour! Some connoisseurs say that autumn is even more beautiful than spring, but when I lived in Japan for 6 months a few years ago, I had to make a choice and spring won. But now I’m back with a vengeance! Raa!

Enjoying the Koishikawa Korakuen garden in Tokyo

Enjoying the Koishikawa Korakuen garden in Tokyo


In this video, I explore my favourite Tokyo garden Koishikawa Kōrakuen. And next I’ll be setting up base in Kyoto because it just has so many incredible gardens in the one city which I love to cycle around on my bike. Most of the gardens are in temples, so with over 1600 temples in the city, that’s a lot of gardens to visit and a lot of cycling!


You can see photos of the delightful Koishikawa Kōrakuen and join me for all my coming 11 days of garden and food adventures in Kyoto on my Garden Atelier facebook page, and there’ll be more videos on GardenDrum soon too.

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Chantelle Leenstra

About Chantelle Leenstra

Chantelle Leenstra is the landscape architect and an award-winning horticulturist at Garden Atelier. She has extensive experience speaking on radio and at garden and design events around Australia, and is NSW Ambassador of YoungHort and a 2015 Fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. Chantelle has a deep interest in the connections between people and gardens. She was named 2014 Australian Horticulture Student of the Year for her work with esteemed landscape designers and horticulturists in Japan before embarking on her World Horticulture Stories project interviewing gardeners across Japan and Thailand. Chantelle offers a unique, lively and heartfelt perspective on what gardens can mean for us today. To enquire about booking Chantelle as a speaker, email

4 thoughts on “Exploring Koishikawa Kōrakuen, Tokyo’s Edo-period stroll garden

  1. Your “to camera” is confident and impressive Miss Chantelle, you will go faaaar .. Can’t WAIT to see and hear more from Kyoto !!
    Well done,

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