Rikugien

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Area: Komagome
Address: 6 Chome Honkomagome, 文京区 Tokyo 113-0021, Japan [map]
Phone: 03-3941-2222 03-3941-2222
Access: 456 m from Komagome Station Namboku Line (N14)Yamanote Line (JY10)
487 m from Honkomagome Station Namboku Line (N13)
0.5 km from Sengoku Station Mita Line (I14)
Hours: 09:00-17:00
Website: http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/...

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 yen 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.