Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse - Tokyo
The Tropical Greenhouse at Yumenoshima was (as per usual) a place for us to escape the pouring rain that graced us with its presence on one of our days in Tokyo. We found it easily and (probably because everyone else was clever enough to stay at home) found it almost all to ourselves.
Split into three domes, this particular greenhouse appealed to us because of its interesting architectural form and specifically in dome C, the celebration of plants from Ogasawara, an archipelago of islands just south of Tokyo.
The Pandanus (or Screw Pine) made these impressive archways over the paths for us to walk under and we enjoyed the cross-hatching of lines against the framework of the steel structure beyond. One big jumble of nature and engineering so you're not really sure what is what.
There was also a great café/seating area with a collection of potted palms that reminded us of the street gardens outside and to us seemed to demonstrate the power of plants for transforming a space.