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Former Shiba Rikyu Garden, Minato

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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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TripAdvisor
  • Situated very near Hamamatsucho and Daimon Stations, this is right in the business district and as such is surrounded by roads, tall buildings and the rail network. However, for me the contrast of the...  more »
  • pretty but very small and not peaceful. Between the highway, JR and monorail station as well as around the park construction, this sis not a place to sit and rest  more »
  • Carefully laid out parkland; meticulously tended trees; real feeling of peace, despite being overlooked by railways and tall buildings.  more »
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  • It's so pretty, and I especially like the view from the little mount. I also like the fish in the lakes. We took pictures of them.
  • A perfect setting of beautiful Japanese garden within modern city of Tokyo. A bit small, but perfect. During cherry blossom season is exquisitely beautiful.
  • Went during cherry blossom season, very serene and pretty.
  • A touch of beauty in the middle of busy Tokyo. Super cheap 150yen / 70yen for those over 65yrs
  • lovely garden in the heart of bay area. more than worth it, if you're in the area.