Translated by Collin Radford
Visit Hama-rikyu Gardens and Tsukishima
Written by Ai Yoneda
Here we introduce the Hama-rikyu Gardens and Tsukishima. Check them out if you find yourself in Tsukiji, and have some time to spare.
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
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, English, French, Chinese (simplified/traditional), and Korean for free.
*1…Chaya: Traditional rest areas. They offer Japanese sweets and tea.
The chaya found in the park is located on an island connected by two bridges, and seems to almost be floating in the pond.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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
Accepted Credit Card: Credit cards not accepted
Language Accessibility: English, French, Chinese (simplified/traditional), Korean
Multi-Lingual Menus: English
Oedo Line Tsukiji Marketplace Station/Shiodome Station
Yurikamome Shidome Station
JR/Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Asakusa Line Shinbashi Station
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)
Address: Tokyo Chuo-ku, Tsukishima 3-15-12
Scheduled Holiday: -
Accepted Credit Card: -
Language Accessibility: -
Multi-Language Menus: -
Toei Oedo Line Kachidoki-mon Station or Tsukishima Station,
Yurakucho Line Tsukishima Station
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
Religious Considerations: -
Phone Number: 03-3531-0076
Official Website: Tsukishima Nishinaka Kyouekikai (Japanese)