Gardens in Tokyo
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I decided to get out of the apartment and headed down to Tokyo. It was HOT but the trip was worth it. Before I left for Hokkaido, I had been searching on Japan Travel and Living Guide for good places to visit in Tokyo. While I was exploring the site, I ran into a park section and found that there were some amazing parks in Tokyo. Today, I decided to check one of them out.
I took the Joban line to Ueno and from there I got on the Yamanote line and got off at Shimbashi Station. I stopped at information and had them point me in the direction I needed to walk in, one of the ladies spoke English and even wrote the street name that I needed down for me.
I arrived at the Hama-rikyu Gardens hot, sweaty, and chugging my oolong tea. The garden was beautiful. According the English pamphlet, the pond during Edo Period was a tidal pond and the water is drawn from the bay. It is the only seawater pond in Tokyo. The garden used to belong to the Imperial Family but they gave the garden to the public on November 3, 1945.
The garden has many different parts to it. There is a duck-hunting site, a duck grave, 300 year old pines, a flower field, the seawater pond, a tea house, and a bridge made from Japanese cedars. I found the duck grave to be humorous but my favorite part was the wild flower field.
I spent an hour and half walking around the garden and as I was leaving I found a handy Welcome to Tokyo Guide that I picked up and looked through. I noticed that there was another garden in Shinjuku (where I was planning to head next) so I decided to check that out.
On the way back to the station I got a little turned around when I entered the area called “Shiodome” and it is a good thing.
Well, I made it to Shinjuku and to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. If I thought the last garden was big then this one was HUGE. The garden was completed in 1906 and consists of a traditional Japanese garden, a wooded forest, an English landscape garden, and a French formal garden. What made this garden so nice is that it was a garden where you could sit on the grass, play ball with your kids, and read a book under a tree. The garden is huge and there is so much to see there. I plan on going back and exploring a little more once the weather cools down.