Japan Memories #16: Hama Rikyu Gardens

Travel Date : 29th March (Thurs)

A Garden in the City

This is the garden of the Tokugawa Shogun (hereditary military governor in Japan during the shogunate period from 1192 to 1867). There are two ducks hunting sites within the grounds. It is a site with high historical significance as many shoguns were owners to it and made changes to it. (Find more information on the Hama Rikyu Gardens here)

To me, it was the most beautiful garden I had seen so far in Japan. The flower garden was fantastic and the pond with the nice little Edo Period structures was wonderful to look at. Not forgetting the 300-year old pine tree. We were in awe of it.

Make sure to pay this garden a visit if you are in Tokyo!

The Peony Garden and the Flower Field

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A place to romance your love….It was a memorable experience to walk through the flower field
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This was a bad picture due to the shadow…The Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom by then and we really love them.
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Huge variety of plants in the garden to look at…This look monstrous!
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Nice Peonies!

O-tsutai-bashi – The Pretty Cypress Bridge

The Seawater Pond

According to the website, the water for the pond is actually drawn from the Bay! Wow…and one could spot seawater species in the pond such as black mullet, sea bass, gobies and eels. So unusual!

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I think this was the ancient tea-house where visitors could appreciate some tea with the pretty surroundings.

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300-Year Pine

A large pine tree was planted to celebrate a renovation of the Garden by the 6th Shogun and it has survived until this day. While we were taking pictures of it, a Japanese woman offered to help us take a picture. We were hesitant at first due to the encounter with the old man previously and confirmed with her a few times that she really wanted to help us and was not asking us to take a picture for her (Language barrier is somewhat a problem! ^_^”).

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Guided Tour 

From the official website, there is a guided tour for FREE.

(Japanese)
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (Twice a day from 11am and 2pm)

(English)
Mondays 10:30am
Saturdays 11am

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Our Planned Itinerary:

(Morning to Afternoon )

  • Tsukiji Fish Market
  • 20 mins walk to Hama Rikyu Garden
  • Take Sight-seeing boat up Sumida River to Asakusa
  • Arrive at Nakamaise Dori, Asakusa (buy souvenirs)
  • Walk to Sensoji Temple
  • Lunch

(This entry is from our Travel Scrapbook of Japan in 2007)

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