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Hamarikyu Gardens

Historic Edo-period seaside villa in modern Tokyo

Photo of Hamarikyu Gardens, Japan (浜離宮恩賜庭園 by Kakidai)

Hama-rikyu Gardens, formerly a shogunal estate, present a juxtaposition of Tokyo’s modern skyscrapers and Edo-period tranquility. Established in the 17th century, this garden is a recognized cultural property of Japan, notable for its scenic beauty and historical value. Visitors can enjoy a walk among tidal ponds, tea houses, and seasonal flora.

About Hamarikyu Gardens

Starting as a duck hunting ground and feudal lord’s mansion, Hama-rikyu Gardens, or Hama-rikyu Onshi Teien, has witnessed significant moments of Tokyo’s urban history. It underwent transformations from a shogunate garden to a detached palace for the Imperial family. Opened to the public in 1946 and now covering around 25 hectares, the garden is a rare example of an Edo-period seaside villa.

The garden’s traditional Japanese landscaping features a large central pond and tidal influence from Tokyo Bay. At the Nakajima no Ochaya teahouse, visitors can enjoy a tea ceremony, reflecting Japan’s cultural heritage. The well-maintained gardens display an ancient pine tree and seasonal attractions such as a peony garden and plum grove.

With its history as a duck hunting site and restored teahouses, the park offers insights into the leisure and aesthetic preferences of the Tokugawa shoguns. The Shioiri-no-ike tidal pond and its seawater moat highlight Edo-period engineering skills.

The proximity to the modern Shiodome district emphasizes the gardens’ peaceful atmosphere. Visitors are encouraged to visit the tide-affected ponds and the Nakajima-no-ochaya teahouse to enjoy matcha and sweets. The gardens’ changing seasons bring varied landscapes, with cherry blossoms, autumn leaves, and colorful flower fields.

As a site of historic and natural significance, Hama-rikyu Gardens serves as a place of relaxation and beauty within Tokyo’s urban setting. It allows one to appreciate Japanese garden design and the Tokugawa legacy with a view of Tokyo’s modern skyline.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Hamarikyu Gardens

E 19

 Toei Oedo Line + 1 more

 10-20 minute walk (0.9km)
U 03


 10-20 minute walk (1.4km)
JY 28

 JR Yamanote Line + 1 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.4km)
A 10

 Asakusa Line + 3 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.4km)
H 10

 Hibiya Line + 1 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.5km)
I 06

 Mita Line

 10-20 minute walk (1.6km)

Around Hamarikyu Gardens

Hamarikyu Gardens

Japanese Garden in Tokyo

open 9am - 4:30pm
closed Seasonal Dates


浜離宮, 東京

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