Hama Rikyu Gardens, Chuo

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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. Put Hama Rikyu Gardens into our Tokyo trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Tokyo.
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  • Baby-like love is bestowed on this garden even though most of the plants were asleep during our January visit. This garden like all others in Tokyo are nationally recognized as cultural heritage garde...  more »
  • The flowers are recommended. Landscape of flowers, such as rural and urban landscapes. Nice location of the two seen together!
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  • I always watching this garden from the Tokyo monorail and one day to go, went in July. Healing Garden itself is a small, round 1 only if you take less than 30 minutes, and a lot of green in the heart of Tokyo, just relaxing. Twice a year, 5/4 and 10/1 are published free many people, usually recommend going for 300 yen for adults, ordinary day fee will.
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  • A moment to breathe and enjoy the gorgeous gardens was welcome after several days in Tokyo. We visited the gardens as daylight faded and it turned cold, yet the Falcons wheeling overhead and masterful garden design kept us walking. As the gardens closed we were the last to scurry for the exit across the bridges, backlit for dramatic affect. Take the time to enjoy these former imperial gardens if you enjoy design, gardening or simply want some pace as we did. There is an entry fee, but we don't mind paying for these places to be maintained. Japanese are the masters of stone work, garden design and trained tree - and these gardens provide all.
  • Love this garden. You have to pay an entrance fee but it's worth it. It's right on the water and very large. A great place to walk around and have a small picnic at. There's also a tea house where you can get green tea.
  • Although it is considered a cultural heritage by Japanese government, the garden or the park has difficulty to attract foreign tourists because it does not offer foreign language guide tour, even though it does offer English map. Other than its Japanese tea ceremony service and simple traditional Japanese snack service beside the pond, the Garden does not offer other food service. However, the Garden does have a varieties of trees and other plants, while it does have a 300-year pine tree and a few other old trees. Because most of the trees are rather "short" to fit into traditional Japanese garden scene, when they are compared to the tall trees of Meiji Shrines, visitors have to prepare for the hot weather and sunshine from late April to early or mid September. When trees do not provide shade for the visitors and when there is only limited food service for the visitors, visiting the garden in hot weather can be a difficulty issue for the visitors who have young babies or kids. The Garden or park does have numerous strict rules for the visitors. For example, although there are a few benches in the garden, visitors are not allowed to sit on the lawn area, which is very different from the front park area of the imperial palace. In such a sense, the Garden or Park seems to lose its purpose of being a garden or park for visitors, regardless who they are, when visitors cannot sit or relax on lawn as they wish.
  • Very well kept garden. Went in late afternoon on a weekday and it was pretty empty and quiet. Would definitely recommend the teahouse in the middle of the garden.
  • I love this place. A seawater park, so beautiful. Best place to chill. Boat tours start here too.

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