We try to present as many Japanese gardens as possible here because they represent very significant zen punctuation in a travel itinerary, especially in megacities. Despite the concrete and electric vastness it represents, Tokyo doesn't forget its historic green lungs, for example Koishikawa Korakuen or Shinjuku Gyoen.
In Tsukiji district, near the famous fish market, are the Hama-Rikyu gardens which offer a nice relaxing walk. The main point of interest is the view around Shinori no Ike pond. The water level fluctuates following tides. Don't forget to visit Nakajima teahouse, directly overlooking the pond. It's even possible, directly from within the gardens (north-east), to catch a water shuttle to Tokyo Bay via Sumida River.
Behind Hama-Rikyu tall trees emerge modern residential buildings and offices of expensive square meter. After all, we aren't so far from Ginza or even Tokyo center, and therefore the business districts. During their lunch break, some employees of nearby Shiodome district come to enjoy their bento and the stunning views.
How to get to Hamarikyu
By JR train:
- Yurikamome line (monorail), Shiodome station and 5 minute walk
- Yamanote line, Hamamatsucho or Shinbashi Station and 12 minute walk
By train (not JR) -- Keihin-Tohoku Line, Hamamatsucho or Shinbashi station and 12 minute walk
By subway -- Tokyo Metro Oedo Line, Shiodome Station (E19), and 5 minute walk
By boat -- Tokyo Water Bus from Asakusa only, Hama-Rikyu station
Location reachable with the JRP : order your Japan Rail Pass (from ~US$ 278)
¥300 (~US$ 2.80)
Get your Japanese Yens free of charge
Open every day from 9am to 5pm (last entry at 4:30)
Closed from December 29th to January 1st
How long / when to visit
One to two hours on site
浜離宮恩賜庭園 (Hama-Rikyû Onshi Teien)