Built by a feudal lord during the Edo period, Rikugien Gardens is one of the most famous gardens from the time still extant. Designed to reflect famous scenes from waka poems, this Tsukiyama-Sensui style stroll garden has also been designated as a national scenic beauty spot since 1953.
The gardens are known as one of the best spots for autumn foliage viewing. The annual illumination event during the season invites many people who enjoy the beautiful collaboration between the flames of autumn leaves and the illumination throughout this beautiful example of an Edo era garden.
Some parts of the gardens may be closed after 4.30pm for security reasons. During this event, the garden stays open until 9pm with last admittance at 8:30pm.
Some of the major seasonal festivals during rainy season are based around the hydangrea flower (called ajisai in Japanese). The ajisai festivals are on all over Tokyo and beyond around the middle of June. One of the better ajisai festivals takes place annually […]
The Vietnam Festival is back with all the trimmings. Held at Yoyogi Park, the event stage will host the weekend’s performances, stating with a folk art performance featuring ao dai (traditional Vietnam silk tunic). The ao dai show is at 10:00 on […]
As the name suggests, this little market is all about reducing waste and wastefulness—the perfect antidote to Tokyo’s shop-till-you-drop culture. It’s a good place to pick up snazzy secondhand clothes for cheap-cheap, as well as DVDs, CDs (remember those?), books […]
The Lift-Off Film Festival has long since been established in the wonderful city of Tokyo, and it’s that time of year again for us to be returning once more! This June, Tokyo Lift-Off returns to celebrate the best that the […]