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Rikugien Garden

A tranquil Edo period garden, shaped by the six elements of Waka poetry.

Photo of Rikugien Garden, Japan (Rikugien Park in the Summer by Daniel Ramirez)

Rikugien Garden is a historic Tokyo sanctuary, renowned for its traditional Japanese landscape and poetic inspiration. Constructed by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, it reflects the aesthetic of the Edo period, offering a tranquil retreat amid the city’s dynamism. Its design, inspired by scenes from classical Waka poetry, makes it a cherished site for visitors seeking serenity and natural beauty in Japan’s bustling capital.

About Rikugien Garden

Established in the Edo period, Rikugien Garden, meaning “Garden of the Six Elements of Poetry,” is a testament to Japan’s literary and feudal heritage. Created between 1695 and 1702 by chamberlain Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu for the fifth shogun, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, the garden’s vistas are designed to evoke the essence of Waka poems.

A typical example of an Edo period daimyo garden, Rikugien was crafted with meticulous attention to detail. The garden’s central pond, artificial hills, and stone bridges are complemented by seasonal foliage, offering visitors a picturesque view that changes throughout the year.

Following a period of neglect, the Iwasaki family, founders of Mitsubishi, restored the garden in the late 19th century. Donated to the Tokyo City government in 1938, it was designated as a special place of scenic beauty by the Japanese government in 1953.

Rikugien Garden remains a significant part of Tokyo’s cultural heritage. Visitors can enjoy the Tsutsuji Tea House, the craftsmanship of the Taki-no-chaya, and the Sekichu stone markers. The Hou-rai-jima island and Fujishiro-touge hill offer panoramic views, while the yukitsuri demonstrate traditional techniques to protect trees in winter.

Stroll along the garden’s paths, visit the Fujishirotoge viewpoint for a sweeping vista, and during special evening openings, enjoy the illuminated cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. Nearby, Ueno Park and Nezu Jinja Shrine continue the narrative of Japan’s storied past.

Today, Rikugien Garden is a beloved destination for those who appreciate the art of Japanese gardening and the peaceful atmosphere it creates. As a living example of Edo period landscape artistry, it invites modern visitors to experience a place where nature, poetry, and history blend.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Rikugien Garden

The Main Gate of Rikugien Garden is located at the eastern corner of the park. It is approximately 5-10 minutes walk from Komagome Station.

Komagome Station Exits 1 and 2 exit to street level close to the park.

The Someimon Gate is more conveniently located close to the Komagome Station exits, but is only opened for certain periods in autumn and spring.

JY 10

 JR Yamanote Line + 1 more

 5-10 minute walk (500m)
I 15

 Mita Line + 1 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.2km)
N 13

 Namboku Line

 10-20 minute walk (1.3km)

Around Rikugien Garden

Rikugien Garden

Japanese Garden in Tokyo

open 9am - 4:30pm
closed Seasonal Dates


六義園, 東京

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