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Former Shiba Rikyu Garden, Minato

(4.2/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
One of two remaining Edo-period clan gardens in the bustling metropolis, Former Shiba Rikyu Garden affords serene respite and visions of a time long past. Originally built in the 17th century, the garden stood on the banks of Tokyo Bay and boasted a central pond of salt water. Disaster struck in 1923, when fire destroyed all buildings and trees after the Great Kanto earthquake. Thankfully, the garden was quickly restored and opened to the public. Spread across 43,071 sq m (463,607 sq ft), the manicured park offers plenty of space for a quiet stroll, with terrapins, carp, and little egrets (as well as some seasonal waterfowl) observable as you circle the pond. There are no amenities within the garden, so consider bringing a packed lunch and finding a quiet bench away from the city hubbub. Arrange your visit to Former Shiba Rikyu Garden and discover more family-friendly attractions in Tokyo using our Tokyo vacation planner.
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  • We loved this garden. we got there first thing in the morning. We enjoyed the layout, the pathways and bridges, mounds and views. There were only a few flowers in bloom, but that didn't matter. Sit on...  more »
  • Hama Rikyu is famous, but this is compared to it's staff has been Garden was rather less settled favorably without the feel a delicacy in Japan. Also can be used as a resting place so cheap admission, from the Hamamatsu-Cho station is very close.
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  • Japanese official gardens like this are one of my favorite things about Japan. They are, for the most part, designed in such a way that they are beautiful from every angle. I found myself turning arou...  more »