The National Museum of Japanese History highlights the history of commoners through a selection of significant themes in the cultural development of Japan. Until just a few decades ago, customs and techniques of the past were still relatively easy to observe first-hand. It was possible to see, for example, how earlier generations employed a variety of plant materials for clothing, food, living needs, and tools. In recent times, however, it has become increasingly hard to know what kind of plant materials were used for the daily needs of yesteryear.

The Botanical Garden of Everyday Life is designed to introduce plants that have long played an important role in Japanese culture. It is located in the corner of the former Sakura Castle. The garden’s plants are divided into six thematic areas: Food, Textiles and Paper; Dyes; Medicines; Tools; and Fuels and Finishes.


The Botanical Garden of Everyday Life
Hours 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (entrance closed at 4:00 p.m.)
Closed Mondays
New Year's holiday (December 27 - January 4) * When Monday is a national holiday, the botanical garden will be closed on Tuesdays instead.
Admission Fee
(including tax)
General admission for individuals
Group admission for parties of 20 or more
* Free admission for High school age and below.

Surroundings of the Botanical Garden of Everyday Life

Surroundings of the Botanical Garden of Everyday Life

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