Attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Ueno & Yanesen

Rikugi-en

Considered by many to be Tokyo's most elegant garden, Rikugi-en was originally completed in 1702, at the behest of a feudal lord. It is definitely the most highbrow, designed to evoke scenes from classical literatur…
Top Choice Gardens in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Koishikawa Kōrakuen

Established in the mid-17th century as the property of the Tokugawa clan, this formal strolling garden incorporates elements of Chinese and Japanese landscaping. It's among Tokyo's most attractive gardens, although …
Top Choice Gardens in Ginza & Tsukiji

Hama-rikyū Onshi-teien

This beautiful garden, one of Tokyo’s finest, is all that remains of a shogunate palace that once extended into the area now occupied by Tsukiji Market. The main features are a large duck pond with an island that’s …
Top Choice Park in Harajuku & Aoyama

Yoyogi-kōen

If it’s a sunny and warm weekend afternoon, you can count on there being a crowd lazing around the large grassy expanse that is Yoyogi-kōen. You can also usually find revellers and noisemakers of all stripes, from h…
Top Choice Park in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Shinjuku-gyoen

Though Shinjuku-gyoen was designed as an imperial retreat (completed 1906), it’s now definitively a park for everyone. The wide lawns make it a favourite for urbanites in need of a quick escape from the hurly-burly …
Gardens in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Imperial Palace East Garden

Crafted from part of the original castle compound, these lovely free gardens allow you to get close-up views of the massive stones used to build the castle walls, and even climb the ruins of one of the keeps, off th…
Park in West Tokyo

Inokashira-kōen

One of Tokyo's best parks, Inokashira-kōen has a big pond in the middle flanked by woodsy strolling paths. You can rent row boats (¥700 per hour) and swan-shaped pedal boats to take out onto the water (¥700 per 30 m…
Park in Ueno & Yanesen

Ueno-kōen

Best known for its profusion of cherry trees that burst into blossom in spring (making this one of Tokyo's top hanami – blossom-viewing – spots), sprawling Ueno-kōen is also the location of the city's highest concen…
Park in Odaiba & Tokyo Bay

Odaiba Kaihin-kōen

One of the best views of Tokyo is from this park’s promenades and elevated walkways – especially at night when old-fashioned yakatabune (low-slung wooden pleasure boats), decorated with lanterns, traverse the bay. A…
Gardens in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Chinzan-sō

This strolling garden was once the estate of a Meiji-era statesman and is now the backyard of a luxury hotel, though it's open free to the public. The shaded pathways are strewn with antiquities transported from all…