At the Tropical Plant Dome, bringing the outside in
August 7, 2003
Yumenoshima Tropical Plant Dome is one of Tokyo’s top indoor botanical gardens, with more than 1,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants.
The garden was built in 1988, using heat produced at an adjacent incinerator plant. The two-story indoor garden’s temperature stays a constant 77 degrees throughout the year.
Though the temperature is maintained throughout the year, the plants know the seasons, said Tadashi Ichikawa, an official of the garden. When the time comes, he said, the flowers know to bloom.
The plants have unique shapes and colors and are gorgeous, he said, noting that the garden solely houses plants from a tropical rain forest.
The facility has a small movie theater and shows films introducing the plants and how they affect our environment.
The tropical garden also has a restaurant and a small shop where people can buy and enjoy tropical foods and fruits.
The garden is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Mondays and Dec. 29-Jan. 3.
The admission price for adults is 250 yen and for children, 100 yen. It is located at 3-2 Yumenoshima, Koto-ku, Tokyo.
For information, call 03-3522-0281.
It is accessible from the JR Keiyo Line to Shinkiba Station and then a 10-minute walk.