Rikugien Garden

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Rikugien is considered to be one of Tokyo’s most beautiful Japanese landscape gardens and is said to reproduce in miniature 88 scenes from famous poems. The garden is a good example of an Edo Period strolling garden and features a large central pond surrounded by manmade hills and forested areas.

Rikugien is quite spacious, and you can take up to an hour to cover the entire network of walking paths within the garden. The trails meander through the gardens, forests and open lawns. This could be thirsty work during the summer, but fortunately there are several teahouses, including Fukiage Chaya teahouse along the pond’s northwestern shore, which are open to the public. This is a nice and convenient place to take a rest and have some tea.

One of the best times to visit Rikugien is from late November to early December in autumn when the numerous maples trees turn the garden into one of Tokyo’s best autumn color spots. The garden is also nice to visit in spring when most notably the weeping cherry trees near the main gate are in bloom.

How to get there
Rikugien is a 5-10 minute walk from Komagome Station on the JR Yamanote Line or the Namboku Subway Line.
Open from 9:00 to 17:00
During the autumn color and cherry blossom seasons the gardens are open and illuminated until 21:00.

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2 Responses

  1. marchioness says:

    You can see many huge carps in the pond and
    it’s fun to feed them. This park is open at night during cherry blossom season.

  2. Sciencer says:

    I love 4 seasons in Japan. Especially in the gardens, trees have the other face in each season. In this picture, you can see trees with red or orange leaves. (I guess it have been taken in autumn.) I’d like to visit in each four season.

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