Rikugien Park in Bunkyo-ku – Traditional Japanese garden
We talked in previous entries about traditional and natural places to visit in Tokyo, like Yanesen, Meguro River or Kasugan’s Kodokan Dojo, among others. Also, I’m sure most of you know places such as Yoyogi Park or Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, but sometimes one need to dig a bit deeper in order to get the very best. That’s why this time I would like to talk about the Rikugi-en Park, which is for me one of the most beautiful parks in Tokyo, probably together with Koishikawa Korakuen.
Located in Bunkyo-ku and built around 1.700, the garden has many reminiscences of the Edo Period, offering a big pond in the central area which is surrounded by hills and forested areas, everything connected by trails. The park’s size is considerable, so you will need some time to see all what it had to offer, from bridges, to many kinds of vegetation and also the several teahouses spread around the area.
The entry price is only ¥300 and to get there is very easy since it’s located between two stations connected by the JR Yamanote Line, so between Sugamo and Kamagome stations (the second one is also connected by the Namboku Subway Line). Whenever you have a spare day and it’s sunny, don’t hesitate to give a chance to this wonderful garden located in north Tokyo.
Bunkyo-ku – the closest acces is Komagome station
Open from 09:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
¥300 admission fee