“Hama-rikyu Onshi Teien” (Hama-rikyu Gardens) is located in the heart of Tokyo and is full of nature. It is also known as an oasis in the city center and has been loved by many people since ancient times. It is very popular as a sightseeing spot that can be easily enjoyed on a day trip from anywhere in the center of Tokyo. “I want to heal nature and mind”, “I want to eat delicious food”, “I want to play easily without having a baggage”, all of your greedy desires will come true.
Hama-rikyu Gardens consists of a vast garden and the Metropolitan Expressway to the west end. It is within walking distance from Tsukiji, Shiodome, and Shimbashi. Good access to Toei Oedo Line and Japan Railway. Surrounded by the buildings of Shiodome, the greenery spreads like a gap. Facing the Sumida River, it is a secret spot where you can see the Rainbow Bridge in fine weather.
Hama-rikyu Gardens is the recommended spot to introduce this time.
It is a cultural property that allows you to feel the taste of history as it is a garden related to the Tokugawa Shogunate, as well as the size of Tokyo Station. The garden is decorated with greenery and seasonal flowers, and because it faces Tokyo Bay, the ponds inhabit the goby, mullet, jellyfish, rays, and eels that spawn in the sea. And if you look overhead, a seagull will fly comfortably. It is a scenery that seems to forget you are in Tokyo.
The greatest garden in a metropolitan area
Hama-rikyu Onshi Teien (Hama-rikyu Garden) in the center of Tokyo is the greatest garden in a metropolitan area that has about 250,000 square meters and a vast area. The style used for the garden near the beach which takes in sea water from Tokyo Bay and enjoys change of a scene by the rise and fall of the tides. Because a pond and the waterway are seawater, the figure which a goby, a jellyfish, a ray fish are swiming seems to have possibilities to be seen.
The special scenic spot and special historic relics of the country
Hama-Rikyu Garden is divided into the south garden which was used for the Edo period as the Tokugawa shogun family’s villa, and was called the “Hama Goten” (beach palace), and the north yard built after Meiji Era.
A south garden has Shioiri-no-ike (pond of sea water) and two Kamoba (imperial wild duck reserves), and it is the typical Daimyo Teien (Garden of feudal lord) of the Edo period. Now, it is only this in the daimyo garden of Edo period, that sea water is actually going in and out, in the metropolitan area. It will be specified as the special scenic spot and special historic relics of the country in 1952 including the surrounding ponds, so its beauty is guaranteed.
The oasis that you can relaxed at long time
“Nakajima-no-Ochaya” (tea shop on island of pond) which can enjoy powdered green tea goes across Otsutai-bashi bridge. “Nakajima-no-Ochaya” is a free rest station. You can look at scenery every season leisurely, and the set of Japanese sweets and powdered green tea is sold in this rest station. The person of the Edo era wrote a 31-syllable Japanese poem here and was the oasis that relaxed at long time.
The pine tree of 300 years old
Around this pond, it is dotted with big cherry tree more than 100 in the garden.
Somei Yoshino, and Yaezakura and each flower extend opening time for 1 hour from the beginning of April to the middle of the April in which it becomes best time to see. There is much old tree in the garden including “Sanbyakunen-no-Matsu” (the pine tree of 300 years old) which was set when Ienobu TOKUGAWA (the sixth Shogun) repaired the garden.
An ubiquitous communicator is convenient
You can take a walk in round about 60 – 90 minutes in this garden, and it has impressive spot plentifully. You can rent a map and the mobile terminal like a smartphone called “an ubiquitous communicator” free near an entrance. Since GPS will react and an audio guidance will explain if it goes near the point being set up, and you could choose language, it is convenient. A person who visit here for the first time and a foreign person can enjoy the highlight in peace.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Name:||Hama-rikyu Onshi Teien (Hama-rikyu Gardens)|
|Address:||1-1, Hama Rikyu-teien, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0046 Japan|
|Access:||Metropolitan Subway Oedo-sen Line “Shiodome-eki Station” (7 minutes walk)|
|Price:||300 yen (Adult)|
150 yen (Over 65 years old)
Free (Under 12 years old)
Please refer the official web page.