A Japanese garden full of seasonal flowers; Hama-rikyu Gardens in Tokyo. Easy to reach by water bus from Asakusa and Odaiba!

Hama-rikyu Gardens is a typical feudal lord’s garden from the Edo period with an area of 250,215 square meters. It also has a tidal pond (Shioiri-no-Ike) and two wild-duck hunting sites (Kamoba). There are some gardens from the Edo period that have tidal gardens, but this one is the only garden with a tidal pond where the water for the pond is still drawn from the bay. This garden has beautiful flowers during all seasons and a quaint rest house on an island in the pond. Let’s go and explore this garden!

2017-03-16 Waddy   Destinations, Tokyo,


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See the beautiful seasonal flowers in the garden, including cherry blossoms in spring!

Somei-yoshino cherry trees in Hama-rikyu gardens begin to bloom from the end of March, and differnet kinds of double-flowered Sato-zakura trees reach full bloom in the middle of March. You can also enjoy rare varieties of cherry trees such as Ukon-zakura in yellow and Gyoiko-zakura in pale green.

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A somei-yoshino cherry tree around the Nakanogomon Gate.
(Photos credit: Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association)
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Beautiful flowers blooming from season to season.
(Photos credit: Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association)

Plum blossoms in early spring, cherry blossoms and rape blossoms and wisteria flowers in spring, Japanese irises and yellow cosmoses in summer, cosmoses from summer throughout autumn, autumn leaves, October cherry blossoms, and winter sweets in winter.
The colors of this garden change throughout the year!

Please don’t miss the 300-year-old pine tree when you visit! It’s the largest black pine in Tokyo and its gripping presence is a must-see!

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The 300-year-old pine tree near the Otemon gate.
(Photos credit: Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association)

Enjoy both flowers and sweets in the garden! Have a tea break with Japanese sweets created for each month at Nakashima Teahouse.

After walking around the garden, why not take a break at Nakashima no Ochaya, or the Nakashima Teahouse after crossing over the 140-meter-long Otetsudai Bridge.
You’ll be welcomed with polite service, and can enjoy seasonal Japanese sweets created for each month and matcha tea in tea-ceremony style.

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Matcha tea and high quality, fresh Japanese sweets in March. (720 yen)
(Photos credit: Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association)

When you enjoy elegant matcha tea and Japanese sweets in a traditional Japanese-style room while looking at waterfowls on the tidal pond, you’ll think to yourself, “This is indeed Japan!” You can have refills of matcha tea at an extra charge of 200 yen.

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The autumn leaves and their reflection on the surface of the water.
(Photos credit: Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association)

This teahouse gets crowded during the cherry blossom season and autumn. If
you want to spend time relaxing here, you might want to avoid these seasons.

Nakashima no Ochaya

  • Opening hours:9:00am-4:30pm
  • Closing dates:Year-end holidays (29th of Dec.–1st of Jan.)
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The souvenir shop “Hamamise” is located in the Flower Field. Japanese sweets and crafts are sold here.

The Hamamise souvenir shop is a great place to buy sweet rice dumplings, rice crackers, beverages, and Japanese crafts. Why not stop by when strolling around the garden?

Hamamise(in the Flower Field)

  • Opening hours:9:00am-4:30pm
  • Closing dates:Year-end holidays (29th of Dec.–1st of Jan.)

Take a water-bus when you visit Hama-rikyu gardens!

There are many stations near the garden on different lines. I recommend getting to the garden by water bus! After viewing the Asakusa and Odaiba areas from the water-bus, get off at Hama-rikyu gardens and relax in the garden. (You’ll need to pay for admission).

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Enjoy cruising on the Sumida River!

You can enjoy viewing famous spots in Tokyo from the water-bus, including the Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Tower. You’ll see the Tokyo scenery from an angle much different from the norm.

Hama-rikyu Gardens will extend its hours during the cherry blossom season and “Golden Week”!

The garden will extend its hours during the cherry blossom season and “Golden Week” (Early May holidays in Japan).
They will extend their hours between March 25th and April 4th, so you can walk around the garden from 9am to 6pm (Last admission: 5:30pm)

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A Somei-yoshino cherry tree (Left), a Ginkgo cherry tree (Upper right), and a Ukon cherry tree (Lower right)

The extended hours are much the same for Golden Week (From April 29 to May 7 in 2017). May 4th is free admission, because it is a national holiday in Japan. Cherry blossoms shower you in the spring wind and the new green leaves will make you feel great!

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Hama-rikyu Gardens, full of new green leaves.

This garden has a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of beautiful flowers, even though it’s located near Tokyo Station. When you get tired from walking in busy Tokyo, visit this garden to relax in the beautiful scenery!

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koume

koume

Hi, I am Koume. I’m originally from Fukuoka and currently living in Tokyo. I have lived in Australia, the Philippines, and Cambodia for several years. Through my life abroad, I have rediscovered the beauty of Japan. I hope my articles will be a helpful resource for both Japanese and foreign visitors.

Information

Address 1-1, Hama Rikyu-teien, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Hours 9:00am-5:00pm (Last admission 4:30pm)
Price 300yen (65 years old and over: 150 yen)
Close Year-end holidays (29th of Dec.–1st of Jan.)
Access ●By train;
・A 7-minute walk from Shiodome Station or Tukiji-shijo Station on the Toei subway Oedo Line
・A 2-minute walk from Shinbashi Station on the JR Yamanote Line, Tokyo-metro Ginza Line and Toei Subway Asakusa Line
●By water-bus
・Tokyo Mizube Cruising Line (Asakusa-Odaiba Cruise) 
https://www.tokyopark.or.jp/waterbus/download/pdf/sanpo_en.pdf
・Tokyo Cruise Line (For Asakusa via Hinode Pier)
http://www.suijobus.co.jp/en/cruise/#place-info
Phone 03-3541-0200
Website http://teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/hama-rikyu/index.html