From War to LeisureConstruction of the garden was ordered by the Shogun (Tokugawa Tsunayoshi) in 1695. It took 7 years to construct.
It was built in a period of (relative) peace in Japan. A time when the Shogun was more busy attending moon viewing parties and tea ceremonies than fighting wars. Many members of the Samurai warrior class became academics and government administrators. Japan made great social and cultural progress during this age (Edo-era).
The shogun built Rikugien Garden as his personal leisure area (one of many).
Japanese Strolling GardenRikugien Garden is a Japanese walking garden centered around a small pond.
Pathways through the garden provide different views of the garden's many features. These include miniature scenes from 88 classic Japanese poems. It takes about an hour to complete the paths at a leisurely pace.
Rikugien Garden features many seasonal trees and plants such as sakura. It's also known for its spectacular autumn colors.
The two tea houses in the garden are often open to the public. They served matcha (thick powdered green tea) and a snack at seats with a view of the garden. This is a recommended experience.
Rikugien Garden is a popular spot for wedding photos.
Hours and Fees
|Hours||9:00 - 17:00
Open until 21:00 for sakura season and autumn foliage
Discounts for seniors and free for students residing in Tokyo
|Closed||December 29th to January 1st|
Garden MapThe two tea houses are in the center of the garden. There are also restaurants, cafes and gift shops along the garden's eastern edge.
Getting ThereRikugien Garden is a one minute walk from Komegome Station (Yamanote Line).