Guide Map

Guide to the Institute for Nature Study

1. Education Management Building

Contains an exhibition hall, lecture rooms, study rooms and a shop.
Admission tickets can also be purchased here.

2. Robo Botanical Garden

Enjoy the beauty of the trees and plants with each passing season.

3. Fabled Pine

This ancient pine tree is one of the vestiges of the villa of the Edo-era nobleman, Matsudaira Sanukinokami. Along with the nearby Hyotan Pond, it is believed to have formed part of a pleasure garden.

4. Hyotan Pond

This pond is named for its shape, which resembles a bottle gourd (hyotan).

5. Suisei Botanical Garden

The changing colors of the trees with the passing seasons are reflected on the water's edge, creating a beautiful scene all year round.

6. Forest path

The path looks out on a marsh to the east as it meanders under the branches of zelkova and dogwood trees.

7. Ancient Pine

This enormous pine is one of the vestiges of Matsudaira Sanukinokami's Edo-era villa. It is about 300 years old and is also known as the Great Serpent Pine.

8. Mizudori Marsh

“Mizudori” means “waterfowl.” This marsh is home to birds such as the spot-billed duck and the snowy heron.

9. Ruins of ancient villa

Numerous remains of earthen walls are found on this site. This C-shaped earthen wall belongs to the villa of a late-medieval nobleman.


Points from where the beauty of the garden can be admired.

A. Great ,ee

In the Robo Botanical Garden

B. The turning colors of maple leaves

These maples can be seen between a fork in the path and the Suisei Botanical Garden.

C. Creeks and marshes

Can be seen on the forest path.

D. Suisei Botanical Garden

Located near the Ancient Pine.

E. Oak forest

Near Mizudori Marsh