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Hama Rikyu Gardens, Chuo

(4.3/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
Take a break from the bustle and noise of Tokyo in Hama Rikyu Gardens, a lush public space in Chuo. Surrounding a pond, the gardens housed the residence of Shoguns between the 17th and 19th centuries. Today, the park contains a teahouse in the middle of the pond, where visitors drink green tea and nibble on mochi, a traditional rice cake. Seek out a 300-year-old black pine tree, and, if you visit in early spring, the blooming cherry trees. Plan your visit to Hama Rikyu Gardens and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.
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  • Spread one side flowers in spring, fragrant, giving. And from late summer through autumn, turns into the flower of Cosmos sulphureus. Forget that too one side painted in yellow or pink Cosmos, the landscape is.
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  • In a historic location in the only building left large garden with historic lot important in storage, or be restored slowly over time, to take a stroll in the garden of good well even if the weather is good
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  • Season and blossomed flowers, Nice. Reminds me of pine tree near the entrance to a 300-year history. Make a great cake with Matcha tea house located in the garden to rest after a stroll in the garden is recommended (^ ^)
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  • A very nice quite Japanese style garden. Although we went there in summer, without cherry blossom or blood red maple tree leaves, you can still feel the peace by walking around different ponds, strolling through different bridges or climbing up to the hills. We spent about two hours there. The tea house there is not serving tea ceremony, just mocha and tea snack. But simple food with water outside can make you calm down and reach your inner peace easily in hot summer. Also, no store to bring noise to this peaceful place.
  • Great for a walk. Gardens are beautiful. Love the plum blossoms in March. If the city is overwhelming you, this is a great place to decompress.
  • Wonderful place that is filled with greenery and history in the form of an old teahouse. 300yen entrance fee is definitely worth it as is the teahouse with 720yen for green tea, a small traditional sweet an amazing scenery
  • Was hesitating a bit to give 5 stars because, as garden culture in Japan is concerned, this is not a prime example. But as an escape from the hustle and bustle of central Tokyo, and with the backdrop of its skyline, it surely is an amazing and tranquil place. I loved it, and that's the tag line for 5 stars, so there you go. :)
  • It may seem a little odd to pay for access to a park, but the immaculately maintained garden is a place I suggest anyone visit if they have the time. The city buildings are visible from the grounds, so there's a very harmonious relationship between city and nature here. There is also water bus access from within where you can tour sumida river and access odaiba if you want to make a full day of exploring the city from a unique point of view.