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浜離宮恩賜庭園 Hama Rikyu Gardens

  • Culture / Art / History (Historical sites)
  • Tokyo Station / Ginza Area
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  • ClosedDecember 29-January 1

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District
Tokyo Station / Ginza Area
Address
1-1 Hamarikyuteien, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0046, Japan
Category
  • Culture / Art / History (Historical sites)
Opening Hours
9:00-17:00
Closed
December 29-January 1
Website
http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english/park/detail_04.html#hamarikyu
Tel.
+81-3-3541-0200
Date of post:2015/04/23

Former property of Tokugawa Family now a public garden

  • Nature Walks

Hama Rikyu Garden is a type of circuit garden, which was originally owned by the Tokugawa family during the Edo period, and later by the Royal family. Located in the very centre of Tokyo, it's designated as a special historical spot.

This garden includes flower gardens, a 300-year old pine tree, a tea house and a duck pond. It contains seawater, which is quite rare these days. The garden was once the place for duck hunting and especially it was favoured by the 11th Shogun (the 18th century) of The Edo government. You can still see how the Kamoba, or the duck hunting place worked.

If you feel you have walked too far, there is a tea house in the centre of the pond, where you can relax while having Japanese matcha tea and enjoying the greenery. I could say the garden is quite Tokyo-ish, as you see a motorway and high-rise buildings behind the calm scenery. Some people say it's restless due to the townscape, but I think it's one of the best attractions of Tokyo, which is a mixture of something new and something old.

One more piece of information, from Hama Rikyu garden, there are cruise ships running to Asakusa via Hinode Pier, which takes about 45 minutes and costs ¥740 (JPY / adult).

Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 daily (Last entry slot: 16:30), Closed: From the 29th of December to the 1st of January.
Price: ¥300 (JPY / adult) ¥150 (JPY / senior above 65 years old)
Tours in English (free) are held from 11:00 on Saturdays, from 10:30 on Mondays.

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Date of post:2015/04/23

How about having green tea at Shogun's garden?

  • Nature Walks
  • Special Recommendations

Typical Japanese garden Hamarikyu was made by Tokugawa Shogun Family in 17th century. Shogun family came here to enjoy duck hunting using hawks, tea ceremony and enjoying the nice view of the garden. The big pond is connected to Tokyo Bay and it used to change the water level by the tide. Shogun appreciated the changing of the view from the tea house.

Today, you can enjoy various flowers all the year round.
In spring: cherry, azalea and rape blossoms.
In summer: iris, hydrangea and crape myrtle.
In autumn: cosmos, spider lily and chrysanthemum.
In winter: camellia, plum and narcissus.

You will also find a huge pine tree which was planted by one of the Shoguns 300 years ago. Duck hunting sites are remaining and explaining how they did hunting by the illustration.

You can visit there by walking from Shinbashi Station, but also by Sumida River Cruise boat from Asakusa.

The size of the garden is more than 250,000㎡, so if you get tired of strolling, you can stop at the tea house on the island in the pond and enjoy Matcha (powdered green tea) with sweets looking the nice view of the pond!

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