Life in Green Project

Support “Life in Green” Project

The “Life in Green” Project is an innovative plan to renovate the Koishikawa Botanical Gardens and the Nikko Botanical Gardens as world-class research facilities for plant diversity and to develop them further with a wider access to the community.     

The 1st phase of the Project aims to achieve the most urgent need to reconstruct our public glasshouses and nurseries linked with by the end of 2014. Although this requires a huge funding, we believe that each of your support and contribution will make it possible, just like the process of thousands of young small seedlings of trees making a wonderful forest. 

Our acknowledgement to who donates more than 100,000yen will be expressed with a nameplate showing their names, which will be displayed in the new glasshouses forever.

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To Reconstruct Public Glasshouses - the most important facility in the Koishikawa Botanical Gardens

After forty-five years of the reconstruction work to renew its structure from woods to steal frame, the Public Glasshouses at the Koishikawa Botanical Garden, with a total area of 400 square meters, has been significantly aged. It needs another reconstruction urgently, however, due to becoming severe deterioration of public finances, it has been very hard to obtain the budget for this work. We hope you understand the importance of this facility and its situation, and would like to ask your support to our fund-raising for this urgent need.

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Botanical Gardens, Koishikawa and Nikko

Botanical Gardens, Koishikawa and Nikko are the research and educational botanical gardens of the Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo. They have been opened to the public and yearly receive about 120,000 and 30,000 visitors, respectively.

The Koishikawa Botanical Gardens, located in midtown Tokyo, are not only the oldest Botanical Gardens in Japan, but also have a prominent position amongst the world’s best loved gardens and botanical research institutes. It began as the "Koishikawa Goyakuen" or Koishikawa Medicinal Herb Garden, which was established in 1684 by the Tokugawa Shogunate. Many historic plants and ruins remain, indicating the long and distinguished history of the Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens were the birthplace of modern Japanese botanical research in Japan following the Meiji Restoration (1868). At present, research and educational activities on plant diversity are carried out in more diverse ways. As well as the living plant collection, a herbarium a library are also associated with the gardens.

The Nikko Botanical Gardens is generally known as "Nikko Botanical Gardens.'' The highest point in the gardens is 647m above sea level so the climate is considerably cooler than in Tokyo, where Koishikawa Botanical Gardens are located. Nikko Botanical Gardens were established in 1902 as an educational and research branch of the Botanical Gardens, the University of Tokyo, for the study of alpine plants. In 1902 the Gardens were opened at Hotokeiwa, near the famous Toshogu Shrine, and covered 8,590m2. They were moved to the present locality, 1km west of the Toshogu Shrine, in 1911, and expanded to include 31,680m2. Additional areas, including part of the garden of ‘Tamozawa Goyotei’, a summer house of the royal family, were donated to or purchased by the Botanical Gardens in 1950, thereby enlarging the area to 104,490m2. A total of 2,200 species are planted in the gardens. Also included are a laboratory for field studies and other facilities for training students in botany and ecology.

Conservation ActivitiesEx situ plant conservation is one of the main activities of the Botanical Gardens. At present, special attention is focused on conservation of endangered species endemic to the Bonin Islands. Some extremely endangered species of the Islands have been propagated in the Research Greenhouses and propagules returned to their original localities.