|1 hours 30 mins|
|09:00 AM - 05:00 PM|
|First-time visit Second-time visit|
Rikugien Garden is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Rikugien Garden is special ?
Rikugien (六義園) is often considered Tokyo's most beautiful Japanese landscape garden alongside Koishikawa Korakuen. Built around 1700 for the 5th Tokugawa Shogun, Rikugien literally means "six poems garden" and reproduces in miniature 88 scenes from famous poems. The garden is a good example of an Edo Period strolling garden and features a large central pond surrounded by manmade hills and forested areas, all connected by a network of trails.
What to explore at Rikugien Garden?
Rikugien is quite spacious, and it takes about an hour to cover the garden's entire network of walking paths at a leisurely speed. The trails wind around the gardens, through forests and open lawns, and lead to several teahouses which are open to the public. Fukiage Chaya teahouse along the pond's northwestern shore is a nice place to take a rest and have some tea (500 yen).
One of the best times to visit Rikugien is in autumn when the numerous maples trees turn the garden into one of Tokyo's best autumn color spots. The views are particularly beautiful around the stream that runs by the Tsutsuji no Chaya teahouse, around the Togetsukyo Bride and from the Fujishirotoge viewpoint. The colors typically appear from late November to early December.
Rikugien is also nice to visit in spring when the various flowering trees and shrubs bloom around the garden. The most notable are the weeping cherry trees near the main gate which typically bloom from late March to early April, and the azalea bushes planted along the shore of the garden's large central pond which are in bloom from April to May.
How to get to Rikugien Garden?
Rikugien's main entrance gate is located on the eastern corner of the park about a 5-10 minute walk south of Komagome Station on the JR Yamanote Line or Namboku Subway Line. The more convenient Someimon Gate is not open to the public except during a few weeks in autumn (late November to early December) and spring (late March to early April).
- Beautiful garden with different landscapes
- Famous scenes from waka poems
- Tsukiyama-Sensui style stroll garden
- National scenic beauty
- The best spots for fall foliage viewing
6-16-3 Hon-komagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0021
Tips for you
Wanted to see at least one Japanese landscaped garden around Tokyo and it was a choice between the smaller Koishikawa Koraku-en or the Rikugi-en. Both are a short train ride away from either Shinjuku or Tokyo station. However the Japan-Guide website warned that the former was undergoing renovation work (that would extend into 2015) which might take some shine off the experience so by default it was the Rikugi-en. It’s about 7 mins walk from Komagome station along the main road.Watch for the side road that leads to the main gate. There is a smaller gate nearer to the station but that is only open at certain times of the year. There is a 300 yen entrance fee ( 150 yen for 65yrs +). Mosquitos can be a nuisance (especially in summer ). You can buy mosquito repellent from the ticket counter or spray from an opened bottle for free. I can imagine it to be even more beautiful in spring or autumn but even without the colours of sakura or golden maple leaves it was nice (and without the crowd ). There is a tea house where you can rest and admire the view. We could easily have spent hours wandering about as there were many trails to explore but we were drawn back to the entrance area by the music of flute and drums where a troupe of entertainers were performing much to the delight of young and old. A change from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo city.