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Hama Rikyu Gardens

1-1 Hamarikyu Teien, Chuo, Tokyo Prefecture 104-0046, Japan
+81 3-3541-0200
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Ranked #2 of 56 attractions in Chuo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Gardens, Parks
Description: This popular park is located next to Tokyo Bay and contains one of the most beautiful gardens in the city.
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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56 reviews 56 reviews
40 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We caught a river boat from Asakusa to Hama Rikyu. It was a hot day. We wanted to stay out of the sun and decided to just walk through the park to get to Ginza area.

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chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

i enjoyed this garden after the hustle and bustle of Tsukiji. It was a quiet, pretty place smack in the middle of the big city. I enjoyed the free English speaking headset that automatically provided information as you walked. We stopped for tea and sweets in the teahouse and wished we had allowed more time to just sit back and... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This beautiful garden has a lovely water body and fields of cosmos among other memorable things. There is also a waterboat that you can take to various destinations although you'll need to buy a ticket to the garden to gain access to it. Expect to walk a lot, but be sure to visit the pond! I went with a nature... More

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Warrnambool, Australia
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57 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Hama-rikyu Gardens were the family gardens of Tokugawa Shogun which functioned as an outer fort for Edo Castle that retains a tidal pond of seawater drawn from the bay and two duck hunting grounds. The gardens date from the mid 1600s. After the Meiji Restoration the garden became a detached palace of the Imperial Family. As a result of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Hama Rikyu Gardens are a very beautiful garden. I went there in 2013 (april) . it really was a breath of fresh air in a very busy city. As soon as I got to the front gate a Japanese gentleman was there to greet me and insisted on me to take the English electronic tourist guide. It was very helpful.... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We enjoyed it, but it was a fair amount of walking. Not a must do experience in Tokyo, but we did enjoy it. The gardens are pretty.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This park, which contains a traditional tea house, is truly stunning and is a wonderful respite from the huge city all around.

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Hama Rikyu is pretty nice place. you can feel relaxed a lot. only one thing I don't like is that you need admission fee even it's cheap.

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Originally the site of the Tocugawa shogun's villa, this park isn't Tokyo's largest or most spectacular, but it offers great respite after a hectic morning at he nearby Tsujiki Fish Market. (About 5mins away). The park has a tidal moat & lake with a beautiful tea house. You can imagine the shogun boating the Sumida river, exercising his horses or... More

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

It's a good story about origin but not a very pretty park at all. It's still worth some time to see, just don't expect too much. I thought it did not compare well with any city park I have ever visited , even certainly much smaller cities similar parks are more varied and entertaining . Sorry

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