Rikugien

Meaning ‘6 Poem Garden’, Rikugien is often considered Tokyo’s most beautiful landscaped garden. Built by the 5th Tokugawa Shogun Tsunayoshi in the 17th century, it reproduces 88 scenes from famous Japanese poetry. It has a traditional Edo-period design with a pond, small hill and trees. The garden was later neglected following the death of it’s key designer and was restored in 1878 by the owner of Mitsubishi, Iwasaki Yataro before it was donated to the Government in 1938.

It is one of Tokyo’s more spacious parks and takes roughly an hour to explore, and longer during cherry-blossom and autumn-leaf viewing seasons. There are different tea houses serving traditional tea and sweets to the public (around ¥500 each), including Fukiage Chaya which is located on the water’s edge. Seasonal flowers are a major attraction even in spring and summer, with plenty to explore and admire throughout the year.