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Hama-rikyu Garden

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.

Hama-rikyu Garden
She told me it was a fifteen to twenty minute walk but I figure it ended up being about twelve minutes.

 

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.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
It was just magnificent. What I liked about the garden is that if you looked above the trees, you could see the buildings of Tokyo. At times, you forgot that you were in one of the world’s largest cities but just a quick glance above the trees reminded you that you were in Tokyo.

 

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.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
The first place I discovered was Subway! It was my first Subway sub in two years! It was scrumptious; what made it even better is that it was a turkey breast sub and it is hard to find turkey in Japan. The second place I discovered was BROADWAY!!!! I saw a poster for the Broadway show Wicked and decided to check that out a little closer. I found the ticket agency and where the shows are being preformed. It was the discovery of the year for me. Granted I could have always found out all that information online but just stumbling across it is so much better.

 

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.

Junko says:
I was thinking to go to the Hamanorikyu- garden, but I did not think it was as much as good at this time of year without any flowers there. But it seems still nice from your blog. Maybe I will visit there sometime in this month! Thanks for your info! And Shinjuku-gyoen, it is also the garden I want to take a look! I expect it being bigger and nicer than Yoyogi-park because we will pay for admission-
Posted on: Sep 01, 2007
mellemel8 says:
awesome i want to see wicked too. it's playing in LA.
Posted on: Aug 27, 2007
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