A Japanese Garden Loved by Generations of Edo Shoguns
The Hama-Rikyu Gardens, also called “Hama Goten” during the Edo period, were originally the location of a villa owned by the Tokugawa Shogunate, but later on it was converted into the imperial villa. In 1945, it was bequeathed to the city of Tokyo and then opened to the public.
The pond in the gardens is “Shioiri Pond.” Its water gate is adjusted according to Tokyo Bay’s water levels, making it an unusual pond that changes based on the tides.
It has been designated as both a national special scenic spot and special historical site, and the only other location in Tokyo designated as these is Koishikawa-Korakuen.
The gardens have two entrances, the main gate “Otemon” and the inner gate “Naka-no-Gomon.”.
There is a teahouse located in the large pond in the center of the gardens, so visitors can enjoy matcha tea.
The garden is home to around 100 cherry trees, including Yoshino cherry trees and double-flowered cherry trees, and they go into beautiful bloom in the spring.
In a typical year, about 300,000 rapeseed blossoms will bloom from the end of February through April.
The water bus Sumida River Line stops on the east side of the garden, so you can also leave the gardens by water bus to enjoy the Sumida River.
English garden guides (free) are available on Saturdays and Mondays at 11:00am (※Not available in August).
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- Postal Code
- 1-1 Hama-Rikyu-Teien, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
General admission 300 yen, 65 years or older 150 yen (elementary school students and younger free)
※Free Admission Days: May 4th, October 1st
- End and beginning of the year (December 29th-January 1st)
9:00am-5:00pm (Admission allowed until 4:30pm)
※Hours may change due to events and other factors.
- About a 5-minute walk from the Toei Oedo Line and Yurikamome’s Shiodome Station
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)