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“Using the audio guide”
Review of Hama Rikyu Gardens

Hama Rikyu Gardens
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Owner description: This popular park is located next to Tokyo Bay and contains one of the most beautiful gardens in the city.
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Using the audio guide”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

Since there are many reviews, let me focus on the free electronic English guide, which has 60-minute and 90-minute tours. When you reach an area of interest, audio begins to play and there is an accompanying image(s) on the Smartphone-sized screen. You can press Map to find your location in the garden and then (let's hope) point yourself in the right direction to stay on course.

I have mixed feelings about the device. Earlier in the day I had taken a human-guided tour at Koishikawa Korakuen. The guide tried hard, but her English skills were not terrific and some things got lost. Here I found myself so focused on the audio tour and staying on course (my sense of direction is unusually poor, but even the tour designers would have to admit that having attractions sometimes irregularly ordered (say, 26, 12, 25) can cause confusion) that I wonder if I lost something in the overall experience.

But the audio device is impressive, filled with information. And the fact that they offer it entirely free to the visitor is extremely generous. I would definitely try it out, then abandon it if you feel it was distracting you from enjoying the garden.

Visited November 2013
Thank Bob S
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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“Nearby Tsujiki Market”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Huge garden which you can spend hours just wondering around. Better to go on spring or summer due to the blooming season.

Visited November 2013
Thank Wei Teing O
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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“Nice gardens”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

I was a little disappointed with these gardens as I found them to be a bit soulless. It could have been due to the damp day we visited but they were not as beautiful as I had hoped. Theer are some nice trees there and the tea room is pretty on the island.

Visited November 2013
Thank Norma T
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

A stone's throwaway from our hotel in Ginza, this was a wonderful place for a morning run/walk. Plenty of flora and little sculptures all over the garden.

Get up early and spend a few hours of your morning here. Great start to the day.

Visited October 2013
Thank Ming H
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Peaceful Garden”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

I visited Hama Rikyu gardens on citizens day so entrance was free. I enjoyed walking around the peaceful gardens and viewing the different plants and birds. There is a teahouse that you can go into for some tea. After walking around I then caught the river boat to go for a 45min ride. It took me to another part of Tokyo to see other sights. If you want to do the boat ride from here you would have to pay to enter the gardens.

Visited October 2013
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