sights / Parks & gardens

Rikugi-en information

Tokyo , Japan
6-16-3 Hon-Komagome
Getting there
Train: JR Yamanote line to Komagome, south exit
adult/child ¥300/free
Opening hours
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Tokyo's most beautiful garden was designed to reflect the aesthetic of traditional Waka poetry. Built by a feudal lord in 1702, it has walkways that pass over hills and stone bridges, and by trickling streams and scenes inspired by famous poems. There's a teahouse where you can drink matcha (¥500) al fresco while overlooking the garden's central pond.

There is almost always something in bloom at Rikugi-en, though the garden is most famous for its maple leaves in late autumn. Usually during late November and early December, the park stays open a few hours later and the trees are illuminated after sunset.