Rikugien Garden - The Highlights Of Tokyo's Most Celebrated Garden

Rikugien Garden - The Highlights Of Tokyo's Most Celebrated Garden

Tokyo 2017.10.19

Rikugien is a Japanese garden located in Bunkyo ward, Tokyo. It's known for its beautiful weeping cherry sakura and autumn leaves. In this article, we introduce how to get there and what you shouldn't miss.

Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe

Written by Mayu

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Rikugien Garden - One of the Most Beautiful Gardens in Tokyo!

Rikugien Garden photo

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Rikugien Garden is a Japanese garden located in the Bunkyo ward of Tokyo. While it is beautiful to visit at any time of the year, we especially recommend visiting Rikugien in the autumn, when the leaves of the trees change color. The garden is illuminated in the evening, resulting in a dreamlike sight!

History of the Rikugien Garden

The garden was created by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, an official of the shogunate during the Edo Period.

Highly trusted by the 5th shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Yoshiyasu was granted the grounds in 1695. Yoshiyasu loved waka, or Japanese poems, and decided to use the land to create a beautiful garden like those described in these poems. Yoshiyasu is said to have designed the garden himself.

By 1702, an elegant garden with a man-made hill, a lake, and a river was completed. The shogun Tsunayoshi is said to have taken a great liking to the garden, and to have visited 58 times during his life.

Landscaping Technique: Kaiyu-shiki Tsukiyama Sensui Teien

Rikugien Garden photo

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Rikugien Garden was established with a landscaping technique called Kaiyu-shiki Tsukiyama Sensui Teien. Gardens of this style consist of a large lake (sensui) and an artificial hill (tsukiyama). The style allows visitors to stroll the garden while enjoying their surroundings.

Basic Information

Rikugien Garden is open from 9:00-17:00. The final admission time is at 16:30.

The admission fee is 300 yen. Visitors age 65 and above can enter for 150 yen, and elementary school children and younger are admitted free. The garden is closed annually for four days from December 29th to January 1st.


The nearest station to Rikugien Garden is Komagome Station of the JR Yamanote Line or the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line.

From Tokyo Station, you should get on the JR Yamanote Line toward Ueno and Ikebukuro and alight at Komagome. The ride is 17 minutes and costs 170 yen. It's a 7 minute walk from the station to Rikugien Garden.

Next PageRead on for what to see within the garden and surrounding attractions!
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