The Japanese garden between Tokyo buildings

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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.

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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

Opening hours

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


¥300 (~US$ 3.00)

In Japanese

浜離宮恩賜庭園 (Hama-Rikyû Onshi Teien)


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