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Hamarikyu Gardens – A Secret Japanese Gardens in the Heart of Tokyo

Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo's secret beautiful traditional Japanese gardens, has been kept and preserved in between the skyscraper buildings. A superb contrast of the old meets new.

What is Hamarikyu Gardens?

Hamarikyu Gardens

Hamarikyu Gardens is a traditional Japanese style gardens with about 250,000㎡ that was created in 1654 in Tokyo. It was used as one of the generals (Shogun 将軍) of the Edo period in Japan at that time as a part of his own palace. Hamarikyu Gardens represents a typical Japanese style gardening design (Kaiyu Teien style 回遊庭園) that had been very popular among the powerful feudal loads (Daimyo 大名) since the 14th century.

 

Where is Hamarikyu Garden Located?

Hamarikyu Gardens
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It is located in the area called Shiodome in Tokyo and is situated right the middle the tall skyscrapers of the business and commercial complex buildings that were built during the redevelopment of the area in 2004. Therefore, Hamarikyu Gardens is surrounded by the very modern architectures and is like a secret oasis in the heart of Tokyo.

Hamarikyu Gardens
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Once you walk into the garden, you feel as if you suddenly slip back into the old Edo period (in the 17th century) and will be amazed by the panoramic contrast of the modern and the old between the the traditional Hamarikyu Gardens and the high-rise buildings around it.

 

A 300 Year Old Pine Tree

Hamarikyu Gardens

There are many interesting things to see in Hamarikyu Gardens. The first thing that you would see in the gardens from the main entrance (Otemon gate 大手門) would be a huge old pine tree you will find right next to the entrance of the garden. It is a beautiful huge pine tree of more than 300 years old and will be impressed by its beauty kept since the ancient times.

This pine tree was planted in 1709 by one of the general (shogun 将軍) at the Edo period during the refurbishment of the garden. Because of its size, it might look like it is a bundle of several pine trees, but in fact, these are the branches of one single pine tree planted at that time.

 

Panoramic View of Hamarikyu Garden

Hamarikyu Gardens

Very close to the cafe called “Matsuno-Ochaya” in the garden, there is a small hill called “Ochinyama Hill”.  If you go up to this small hill, you can see a 360 degree beautiful panoramic view of the entire gardens surrounded by the skyscraper towers. This small hill can be one the most photogenic areas to take photos of the gardens. You can find it in between the two large ponds in the gardens.

 

Nakajima no Ochaya – Traditional Cafe

Nakajima no Ochaya
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There are a couple of small cafes where you can have some coffee or some snacks. If you would like to experience a traditional Japanese style cafe with an atmosphere, you should try “Nakajima no Ochaya”.

Nakajima no Ochaya - Traditional Cafe
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Visitors can go there just to have some rest for free of charge or you can enjoy some Japanese traditional sweets and teas in the wooden small house feeling like you have traveled back to the old Japanese times. “Nakajima no Ochaya” can be found at the very bottom of the Hamarikyu Gardens Guide Map.

Nakajima no Ochaya (Traditional Cafe)

Hours: 9:00am ~ 16:30pm
*Closed from December 29 to January 1

Phone: 03-3541-0200

 

Water Bus to Popular Sightseeing area, Asakusa

Hamarikyu Gardens

If you are planning to do some sight seeings after/before visiting Hamarikyu Gardens, it would be a good idea to hop-on to the Tokyo Cruise Water Bus from Hamarikyu Gardens that can bring you directly to Tokyo’s one of the most popular touristic area Asakusa.

Galaxy Express 999
Photo Credit:©Toei Anime

This Water Bus boat was designed by the well-known Japanese anime and manga creator of the famous “Galaxy Express 999”, Leiji Matsumoto, with a very modern and futuristic design. You can have a nice river cruise of about 60 minutes to Asakusa from Hamarikyu Gardens. The landing dock of the Water Bus is along the Tsukiji River (the top right corner of the Hamarikyu Gardens Guided Map).

Tokyo Cruise Water Bus

Direction: Asakusa

Duration: 60 minutes

Fare:
740 yen (Adults)
370 yen (Children)

Website: Tokyo Cruise Water Bus

 

Access & Details

Hamarikyu Gardens

You can walk to Hamarikyu Gardens’s main entrance “Otemon gate 大手門” from several subway stations with around 7 to 12 minutes. The entrance fee is very reasonable with 300 yen for such a well maintained magnificent historical facility. Every Saturday and Monday, there are guided tours of Hamarikyu Gardens in English free of charge.

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Hamarikyu Gardens

Address:1-1 Hama-rikyu Teien, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Access:
7 minutes walk from Toei Oedo Line “Tsukiji Station”  to the main gate “Otemon”
5 mintues walk from Toei Oedo Line “Shiodome Station” to the sub gate “Naka no Mikado”

Hours: 9:00am ~ 5:00pm

Fare: 300 yen

English Guided Tour:
10:30~ (Monday)
11:00am~ (Saturday)

Guide Map: Hamarikyu Gardens Guide Map

Website:  Hamarikyu Gardens

 

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