Hama-rikyū Gardens

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Hama-rikyū Gardens
Hama-rikyū Onshi Teien (浜離宮恩賜庭園)
Hamarikyu Garden as seen from Shiodome.jpg
Aerial view of Hama-rikyū Gardens seen from Shiodome
TypeUrban park
LocationChūō, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates35°39′36″N 139°45′43″E / 35.660°N 139.762°E / 35.660; 139.762Coordinates: 35°39′36″N 139°45′43″E / 35.660°N 139.762°E / 35.660; 139.762
Area250,215.72 square metres (61.82965 acres)
CreatedApril 1, 1946

Hama-rikyū Gardens (浜離宮恩賜庭園, Hama-rikyū Onshi Teien) is a public park in Chūō ward, Tokyo, Japan.

History[edit]

in 1863, photo by Felice Beato

Located at the mouth of the Sumida River, Tokugawa Tsunashige, the shōgun's younger brother, received permission to reclaim land from Edo Bay (Tokyo Bay), on which he built a villa and garden in 1654. The property was inherited by his son, Ienobu, who later became shōgun.

It was opened to the public on April 1, 1946.

A landscaped garden of 250,216 m² includes Shio-iri Pond, and the park is surrounded by a seawater moat filled by Tokyo Bay.

Architecture[edit]

Nakajima-no-ochaya at the seawater pond

At the centre of Shio-iri Pond is a teahouse, reached by three bridges, where visitors can enjoy refreshments, such as matcha and Japanese sweets, in the tea ceremony style.[1] There are a number of other tea houses (chashitsu) such as the Matsu-no-ochaya, Tsubame-no-ochaya, Taka-no-Ochaya and Nakajima-no-ochaya. A bronze statue of Umashimadenomikoto is also located there.

The park includes a peony garden, a plum tree grove and fields with flowers for every season.

Japanese falconry and aikido are demonstrated at New Year.

Access[edit]

Visitors can access the park via either of the two northern gates or via the Tokyo Cruise Ship (water bus) on a 35-minute ride from Asakusa.

Main Exit
Middle Exit
Water Bus

The water bus ticket includes admission to the park.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hamarikyu Gardens". Meet The Cities.

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