Hama-rikyu Gardens is a public park located alongside Tokyo Bay and surrounded by a seawater moat. It is a typical garden of the Edo period (1603-1868) and there was the residence of a Tokugawa Shogun. After the Meiji Restoration, they became a villa belonging to the Imperial household. It was opened for the public on April 1, 1946.
Visitors can enjoy the beatiful scenery with ponds and wonderful trees such as black pine, Japanese apricot, hydrangeas, Japanese red maple, camellia etc. In the middle of the large pond there is an island with a tea pavilion, Nakajima no Ochaya, where you can enjoy tea matcha and Japanese sweets.
Open from 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30). Closed: Year-end holidays (December 29 to January 1).
Address: 1-1 Hama-rikyu Teien, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
Access: 7 minutes by foot from Shiodome Station/Tsukiji-shijo Station on the Toei Oedo Line or from Shiodome Station on the Yurikamome Line, 12 minutes by foot from Shibashi Station on the JR/Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Toei Asakusa Line.
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