Rikugien Garden (Tokyo)
Rikugien Garden In Tokyo
Facts & Figures
The term Rikugien means Garden of Six Elements of Poetry and contains reproductions of 88 well-known landscape scenes that are mentioned in popular poems. The Rikugien Garden has a huge circular pond in the middle that is bordered by an amazing landscape which consists of forests and hills, as well as trails that make it easier to explore the area. The Rikugien Garden is popularly known for the weeping cherry sakura and autumn leaves that help to transform the garden into a paradise. Visitors at the garden get to enjoy an ever changing landscape that is characterized by autumn foliage although the 15 meters tall Shidare cherry blossom tree is perhaps its greatest attraction. The autumn leaves are especially stunning around the stream that runs next to the Chaya teahouse, which is located close to the Togetsukyo Bridge. For those that love history and architecture, the garden is also a great representation of what architecture looked like during the Edo Period. Do not miss the illumination at night (until 9:00 pm) during cherry blossom season and autmn foliage.
- Rikugien Garden
- Opening Hours - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entry 4:30 pm)
- Closed - December 29th till January 1st
- Admission Fee - 300 yen (Adults)
The garden was built by feudal lord Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu (1658 - 1714) during the Edo Period. Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu was given the mandate to construct the gardens in 1695 after he was given the land by the then 5th Shogun known as Tokugawa Tsunayoshi. Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu’s love for Japanese poems is what inspired him to design the Rikugien Gardens to represent the scenes included in the poems. The construction of the Rikugien Gardens was finished in 1702 complete with a man-made hill, as well a river and a lake. During the creation of the garden, Samurai Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu designed the gardens to reflect 88 famous settings in poems; however, only 18 can be enjoyed today. In 1953 the garden was declared a special place of scenic beauty by the Japanese government.
Rikugien Garden is located in the quiet neighborhood of Sugamo and Komagome in the north of central Tokyo.
Address: 6-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
How to get to Rikugien Garden?
- 6min from Komagome Station served by JR Yamanote Line
Fukiage Chaya teahouse - It is a great resting point if the walking around becomes too tiresome. A tea will cost you 510 yen.
Fujishirotoge Viewpoint - The artificial mountain pass offers you great views over the garden.
Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)
Mid Nov – Early Dec
Autumn Evening Illumination
The illumination at Rikugien Garden should be a must-see on your Tokyo sightseeing list.