Rikugien Gardens

Rikugien Gardens © T.Sasaki

The garden surrounded by red bricks

Rikiguen is a metropolitan garden located in Bunkyoku, Tokyo. It was originally a daimyo garden built by the 5th generation Edo shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi's servant Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa as a villa. It is designed to replicate the scenery of poems about the area Wakayama Prefecture, with mountains, ponds, and flat stretches of land. You can enjoy a stroll on the hills in the garden while gazing at the pond, and enjoy the scenery that changes every time you walk around the garden. The red bricks surrounding the garden were put there by the Meiji Zaibatsu's founder Yataro Iwasaki at the beginning of the Meiji era. Starting around late March the weeping cherries near the inner courtyard entrance give bloom to small pink flowers. It attracts many visitors for its similarity to a running waterfall. Through to early April there are nightly light-ups of the cherry trees and gardens. In late November the maples and ginkgoes dye the park in autumn colors. There are about 600 trees, and the suikonoes (水香江) in the northwest part of the park are especially beautiful. The azalea tea house was built using azalea wood, and you can enjoy a cup of tea here while surrounded by autumn leaves. The autumn leaves are lit up at night from late November to early December. At Rikiguen, December 29 through January 1 is a regular holiday. Normal business hours are from 9:00 to 17:00 but during light-up events they are open until 21:00. On May 4 (Greenery Day) and October 1 (Citizens Day) admission is free.


By train, the JR East Yamanote Line's Komagome Station (駒込駅) is the closest. By subway, the Tokyo Metro Namboku's Komagome or the Toei Mita line's Sengoku Station (千石駅) is the closest. By bus, Kamifujimae bus stop (上富士前) is the closest. By car, use the Metropolitan Expressway No.5 Ikebukuro route's Gokukuji IC (護国寺IC). There is no parking at the gardens, so you will have to use parking within the surrounding area.

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Description: Rikugien Gardens

Sights Rikugien Gardens (六義園)
Address 6 Chome Honkomagome, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to
Phone / Fax Phone: 03-3941-2222
Duration 1Hour(s)
Business Hours Monday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Tuesday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Wednesday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Thursday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Friday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Saturday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Sunday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Admission Fee Pay admission: 300yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Rikugien Gardens