Finding Zen in modern historic Tokyo.

Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Garden

Just a minute walk from JR Hamamatsu-cho Station in Minato-ku lies an oasis from the hustle and bustle and stress of the city. It's name? The Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Garden.

The Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Garden is a public and former imperial garden, one of two surviving Edo period clan gardens in modern historic Tokyo, Japan. Kyu Shiba-rikyu is often regarded as the most beautifully designed garden in Tokyo and was once called the "most beautiful" scene in Japan.

Filled with bonsai-like Japanese black pine trees, camphor trees, azalea, Persea, Japanese iris, Japanese wisteria, leopard plants, spider lilies, and more, it’s a perfect spot for a morning stroll or to just sit in and relax.

The main focus of the garden is a circular path around the central pond. Originally this was a salt water pond, however, as the land around was reclaimed the pond was converted to freshwater. The carp-filled pond includes four islands and two bridges allow crossing.

During the spring, the Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Garden dazzles visitors with its Wisteria trellises. During summer, you can always find someone beating the heat in the shade. For only 150 yen to enter, it's a great way to get away and re-calibrate your inner zen.

Other nearby must-sees include the Hamarikyu Gardens, Shiba Park Hotel 151, and Tokyo World Trade Center.


Location: 1-4-1 Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0022

By Train:
JR Hamamatsu-cho Station, North Exit (1 minute on foot)
Toei Asakusa Line/O-Edo Line, Daimon Station (5 minutes on foot)
Yuri-kamome Line, Takeshiba Station (10 minutes on foot)

*No parking available

Inquiry: Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Garden Office Tel: 03-3434-4029


by Lee Reeve

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