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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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  • Large gardens with beautifully trained trees, 300 yr old Pine, a Sakura orchard which unfortunately was not flowering yet in early April, a field of flowers, beautiful lakes and teahouse. Plenty of ro...  more »
  • A small green dot in the sea of skyscrapers... a luxury garden, tree care with a MIME and a delicacy that are like bonsai actual size, there are pay to enter (about ¥ 300) but after a day walking X asphalt is grateful for this small respite.
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  • Entrance to almost € 3 from a park...? We have become crazy or what. In the April even okay both see the cherry trees. Especially when there are other places where to enjoy the free spectacle. Once it does damage, but one, and no more.
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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.