I thought I already posted about this beautiful Japanese garden so I wrote that it was near from Toyo Bunko Library. I wanted to link to my post of Rikugi-en but I couldn’t find it because until yesterday, it was non-existent. So hastily I am making this posting of Rikugi-en Garden.
One of the high-class servants of Shogun Tsunayoshi made this garden after he was given this property from Shogun in 1695. It took seven years to complete the garden. After the garden was completed, since Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa was one of the favorites of Shogun and also because the garden itself was very beautiful, Shogun visited here as many as 58 times.
The garden was later bought by Mitsubishi Family and then was donated to Tokyo City in 1938.
The garden is well preserved and you can see exactly the same view that people in old days saw.
This view is is drawn in the old painting of Rikugi-en Garden. This is how Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa, the founder of the garden designed.
There is a small mountain of hydrangea and if you visit there from the end of May and June, you can enjoy many kinds of hydrangea.
The garden is famous for cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, too. The garden covered with snow is also magnificent.
For More Information on Rikugi-en Garden
Address: Hon-Komagome 6-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Opening hrs: 9 am – 5 pm (the last admission at 4:30 pm) (closed on year-end and new-year holidays)
Admission: 300 yen for senior high school students and older, 150 yen for 65 yrs and older
Access: 7 min from Komagome Station of JR Yamate Line and Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, 10 min from Sengoku Station of Toei Mita Line
Guided Tour in English: 11 am and 2 pm on the 1st & 3rd Sundays (free of charge)
You cannot ride bicycles inside the garden but it is convenient if you have bicycles to visit several sightseeing spots around this area such as Komagome Fuji, Toyo Bunko Library and Museum and Koishikawa Botanical Gardens. If you have a bicycle, Kyu-Furukawa Garden is also good place to visit together with Rikugi-en Garden.