Hidden away in the urban sprawl of Tokyo are a number of traditional Japanese gardens, which make an interesting and peaceful contrast to the busy city. The traditional Koishikawa Korakuen garden was completed during the reign of the second clan ruler, Tokugawa Mitsukuni, during the early Edo period (1600-1867). It features a large central pond and hills, interspersed with a network of trails marked by points from where you can enjoy the best views, as the designers intended. The Shinjuku Gyoen garden is constructed on the site of a private mansion belonging to Lord Naito, a daimyo (feudal lord). Completed in 1906 as an imperial garden, it was designated as a national garden after the Second World War and opened to the public. It blends three distinct styles: French formal garden, English landscape garden and Japanese traditional garden.