The Waka Poetry Garden - Rikugien

A very nice garden park to visit in Tokyo

Rikugien is a very nice garden for walking the park paths, up the gentle hills, and around the pond while taking in the sights and sounds of this park within the confines of a busy city. The garden was created based on the theme of Waka poetry. It's a typical example of the gardens of the Edo period. Donated to the city by the family of the founder of Mitsubishi, Iwasaki Yataro in 1953, the garden was designated as a special site of exceptional beautry and is an important cultural asset.

Getting to the garden is quite easy. Take the JR Yamanote Line, or the Namboku Subway Line to Komagome Station. Or, take the Toei Mita Line to Sengoku Station. Both stations are just a few minutes walk from the garden.

Entry is 300 yen for adults, 150 yen for those 65 and over, and free for primary school chilren or younger and junior high students living or attending school in Tokyo.

The garden is open from 9:00 - 17:00 daily (closed Dec. 29 - Jan. 1), but the last entry is at 16:30.

by Joe Peters

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