Hama-rikyu Gardens

Hama-rikyu Gardens © T.Sasaki

A garden with a seawater pond

Hama-rikyu Garden is a metropolitan garden, located in Chuo Ward, Tokyo. It was constructed during the Edo Period, and has a "Shio-iri-no-ike" (a seawater pond), and "Kamoba" (a place to hunt ducks). The garden is divided into two parts, the southern side that has the "Shio-iri-no-ike" and the "Kamoba", and the northern side that was constructed after the Meiji Period. "Sanbyakunen-no-matsu" (three hundred year old pine tree) is on your left from the entrance. It is a Japanese black pine that was planted when Ienobu Tokugawa, the 6th Edo-Bakufu-Shogun, renovated the garden. It is the largest pine tree in Tokyo, and the thick branches form a magnificent view. Beyond that, there are 300,000 rape blossoms and a field of cosmos, a peony garden with nearly 1,000 peonies, where visitors can relax. The regular holidays of Hama-rikyu Garden are from December 29 to January 1. The park is open free of charge on May 4 and October 1.

The "Shio-iri-no-ike" and the "Kamoba"

The "Shio-iri-no-ike" is a seawater pond with water from Tokyo Bay. The range of ebb and flow of the bay adjusts the amount of water. This style is commonly used in gardens nearby the ocean, but it is the only garden in Tokyo that uses this technique. In the pond, there are sea fish such as striped mullets, eels, and gobies. Visitors can also see other sea creatures, such as sesarmops intermediums (a type of crab), wharf roaches, and acorn barnacles, around the rocks nearby. Sometimes, there are even seagulls flying above the pond. There is a little island in the pond that visitors can go to by crossing the Helping Bridge. On the island there is a little teashop called "Nakajima's Teashop" where people can enjoy a cup of green tea. The reflection of the bridge and the teashop in the pond present an aesthetic view. There are two Kamobas: the Kojindo-Kamoba and the Shinsenza-Kamoba. Both were built in the 1700s, using the same style of hunting. (By making thin moats in the pond, luring the ducks with food or chicks over to the moat, and catching the ducks with a rope from behind the bank.) The bank has evergreens and bamboos, which enable the ducks to take a rest without being cautious about the outer world.


Train: The nearest stations are Shinbashi Station and Hamamatsu-cho Station of JR Higashi-Nihon Line / Tsukiji-Ichiba Station or Shiodome Station of the Oedo Municipal Subway. Waterbus: The nearest stop is Hamarikyu stop of Sumidagawa Line. Car: The nearest interchange is Shiodome IC on the Shuto Expressway (Inner Circular Route). Parking: Not available.

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Description: Hama-rikyu Gardens

Sights Hama-rikyu Gardens (浜離宮恩賜庭園)
Address 1-1, Hama-rikyu-teien, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone / Fax Phone: 03-3541-0200 / Fax: 03-3541-0264
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: Hama-rikyu Gardens