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Rikugi-en is a Tokyo metropolitan park located in Bunkyo-ku. It’s roughly about seven minutes on foot from Kom …

Rikugi-en is a Tokyo metropolitan park located in Bunkyo-ku. It’s roughly about seven minutes on foot from Komagome station. Alongside with the Koishikawa Kurakoen Garden, it’s also considered as one of the most beautiful gardens in Tokyo and are great representations of the gardens during the Edo Era. The name ‘Rikugien’ means ‘six poems garden’.

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Rikugien Gardens is always one of the top highly recommended destinations for seeing colorful maple trees in autumn (from late November to early December) and cherry blossoms in spring (from late March to early April). It is when the surroundings turn from green into colorful (red, orange, yellow) maple leaves and when white turns baby pink. Like any other parks and gardens in Japan, there are always various colorful flowers all year round that will surely satisfy visitor’s expectation any season of the year. In autumn and in spring, Rikugien has an especially famous evening light-up until 9PM.

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The sceneries are spectacular around the stream that runs by the Tsutsuji no Chaya teahouse, around the Togetsukyo Bride and from the Fujishirotoge viewpoint. The most notable scenery here are the weeping cherry trees near the main gate which beautifully bloom in spring. It is also a great idea to have a relaxing time at a traditional Japanese teahouse while preparing your muscles for the next steps you’re going to take.

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Rikugien Gardens became a nationally designated scenic spot on March 31, 1953 but it had been opened to the public since 1938. It spreads 87,809.41 m2 with over 5500 tall trees. The main plants are cherry (weeping cherry, someiyoshino), hydrangea, camphor, Japanese zelkoca, southern magnolia, satsuki azalea, maple, pine, etc.

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For more beautiful and visit-worth parks and gardens in Tokyo, you may also see the most entertaining park Yoyogi Park, the romantically relaxing Shinjuku Gyoen National Park, the most colorful garden Koishikawa Korakuen Garden and the historical Ueno Park.

Station

Komagome

Price

300 yen

Open

9 A.M.~5 P.M.