Among japanese gardens in Tokyo, it seems that Rikugi-en remains one of the most recognized with Koishikawa Korakuen. I wanted to visit Rikugi during red maple season in autumn (momiji) to enjoy the light-up that provides a relatively new perspective on the garden's assets.
Warning : the light-up, focused on the central island's contemplation in particular, closes access on Togetsukyo bridge and Fujishirotoge point of view. Thus, it's like another version of Rikugien that is offered. In return, the lights clear quite frankly Tokyo buildings in the background, which enhances the zen atmosphere of this beautiful garden of Edo era.
How to get to Rikugi-en
By train -- JR Yamanote Line, Komagome station and 7 minute walk
By subway -- Tokyo Metro:
- Namboku line, Komagome station (N14) and 7 minute walk
- Mita line, Sengoku station (I14) and 10 minute walk
Location reachable with the JRP : order your Japan Rail Pass (from ~US$ 279)
¥300 (~US$ 2.80)
Get your Japanese Yens free of charge
Open daily from 9am to 5pm (last admission 4:30pm)
Closed from December 29th to January 1st included