Visit Hama-rikyu Gardens and Tsukishima
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Visit Hama-rikyu Gardens and Tsukishima

Tokyo 2015.10.31

Here we introduce the Hama-rikyu Gardens and Tsukishima. Check them out if you find yourself in Tsukiji, and have some time to spare.

Translated byCollin Radford

University student living near Hachioji. Busy with a lot of nothing, but busy nonetheless. Such is life in Japan.

Written by Ai Yoneda

The Tsukiji Marketplace is one Tokyo's popular sight-seeing spots.

You can see tuna auctions there first thing in the morning,  buy fresh seafood, and eat great seafood dishes.

However, many of the stores and restaurants close in the afternoon, and you may find yourself with time on your hands. In this article, we're going to introduce the Hama-Rikyu Gardens and Tsukishima, which are within walking distance to the market place, and are great places to spend that time.

Hama-Rikyu Gardens, where skyscrapers and Japanese garden are brought together

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Hama-rikyu Gardens is found on the eastern side of Tsukiji. The distant background of skyscrapers is set against the pines and chaya (*1) of the park. There are several parks in Tokyo, but the Hama-rikyu Gardens features this very unique scenery.

The park lets you borrow voiced guidance terminals that offer help in Japanese, EnglishFrenchChinese (simplified/traditional), and Korean for free.

*1…Chaya: Traditional rest areas. They offer Japanese sweets and tea.

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The chaya found in the park is located on an island connected by two bridges, and seems to almost be floating in the pond.

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In the chaya you can order matcha and Japanese sweets.  Drinking tea while you gaze at the elegant sight of the park is a luxurious experience.

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You can get to Hama-rikyu Gardens from the Tsukiji Marketplace in 7 minutes, on foot.

We will explain how to get here from the Jonai marketplace's at the intersection at the "Central Marketplace Entrance".

Head to the left, with the Marketplace entrance to your back. If you follow the curve of Shin-Obashi-dori, you'll soon reach the bridge that leads to the park entrance. Cross it to enter Hama-rikyu Gardens.

Also see: Jonai and Jogai in the Tsukiji Market

Tsukishima, home of Tokyo's famous Monja-yaki

Tsukishima is slightly to the south of Tsukiji, and is known for Tokyo's monja-yaki, which is famous in the Tokyo area. Monja-yaki is made of flour and water which is mixed with diced vegetables, seafood, and then fried.

Tsukishima has countless monja yaki restaurants, and has a place called the Tsukishima Nishinaka-dori shopping district, also known as Tsukishima monja-yaki Street, where there is a high concentration of  monja-yaki restaurants.

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You can reach Tsukishima from Tsukiji as well. Start at the "Central Martketplace Entrance" intersection, the same one you use when heading for Hama-rikyu Gardens.

Next, head on the opposite path of that to Hama-rikyu Gardens by heading right. Walk straight until you reach "Tsukiji 4-chome" at the third intersection. From there, head straight until you reach a bridge called Kachidoki-bashi, and cross it.

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Continue heading straight after you've crossed the bridge. Next you'll reach the intersection called "Kachidoki Eki-mae", and turn left. From there, keep going straight until you see a bridge called "Nishinaka-bashi".

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Cross the Nishinaka-bashi and keep walking, and then turn left at the second intersection. Keep heading forward until you see the entrance to the Tsukishima Nishinaka-dori shopping district to the right of the second intersection.

You'll find tons of places to eat monja-yaki, and at night the smell of monja-yaki fills the air. Go ahead and try some for yourself.

Both Hama-rikyu Gardens and Tsukishima are easily accessible from the Tsukishima Marketplace. If you find that you have time and are in the area, stop by and explore.

Information

Hama-rikyu Gardens

Address: Tokyo-to, Chuo-ku, Hama-rikyu Gardens 1-1
Hours: 09:00-17:00 (admission to the park until 16:30)
Scheduled Holiday: December 29-January 1
Wi-Fi: None
Accepted Credit Card: Credit cards not accepted
Language Accessibility:  English, French, Chinese (simplified/traditional), Korean
Multi-Lingual Menus: English
Nearest Station:
Oedo Line Tsukiji Marketplace Station/Shiodome Station
Yurikamome Shidome Station
JR/Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Asakusa Line Shinbashi Station
Access:
7-minute walk from Tsukiji Station E18 Exit, Shiodome Exit E19 Exit
Price: Adults ¥300/65 and above ¥150 (free for primary school children, and middle school children who live or go to school within Tokyo)
Religious Considerations: -
Phone Number: 03-3541-0200
Official Website: Hamarikyu Onteien (Japanese)

Tsukishima Nishinaka-dori

Address: Tokyo Chuo-ku, Tsukishima 3-15-12
Hours: -
Scheduled Holiday: -
Wi-Fi: -
Accepted Credit Card: -
Language Accessibility: -
Multi-Language Menus: -
Nearest Station:
Toei Oedo Line Kachidoki-mon Station or Tsukishima Station,
Yurakucho Line Tsukishima Station
Access:
5-minute walk from the A2b Exit of the Oedo Line, Kachidoki-mon Station
Right outside of the exit 7 of the Oedo Line/Yurakucho Line Tsukishima Station
Price: -
Religious Considerations: -
Phone Number: 03-3531-0076
Official Website: Tsukishima Nishinaka Kyouekikai  (Japanese)

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