Former Shiba Rikyu Garden, Minato

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#24 of 254 in Parks in Tokyo
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. Using our online itinerary creator, Tokyo attractions like Former Shiba Rikyu Garden can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • September 27, 2017
    near the World Trade Center, landscaped green space built around a small pond with micro islets and bridges. Detoxifying walk in peace
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  • September 22, 2017
    Hamamatsucho station on the right, the entrance fee is 150 yen for adults and is cheaper. Contemporary buildings, cut just like wood. Small in size but feels natural. Rock Island is a small pond modeled after trees such as pine, oak, Penglai island around and re-pointing and so is little walks up and down the small 1-hour walk is recommended. Stop and I came to work and this way, refreshing. Shiocaratombo the Amaryllis bloom. this time (September). The rest of the year, seasonal flowers can be enjoyed.
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  • September 9, 2017
    Kind of stumbled upon this garden by chance. A great introduction to Japanese gardens and buildings. Offers a huge lake and tea house. Could easily spend hours here. Former home of the shoguns and imp...  more »
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  • May 25, 2017
    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.
  • April 7, 2017
    A perfect setting of beautiful Japanese garden within modern city of Tokyo. A bit small, but perfect. During cherry blossom season is exquisitely beautiful.
  • July 5, 2017
    Charming little garden in the heart of the city.
  • April 22, 2017
    Went during cherry blossom season, very serene and pretty.
  • November 26, 2016
    A touch of beauty in the middle of busy Tokyo. Super cheap 150yen / 70yen for those over 65yrs

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