Hama Rikyu is a large garden in the center of Tokyo Metropolis. The green oasis in the city is located alongside Tokyo Bay. It is the sheer opposite of Shiodome district's ultramodern look, with an array of high rise buildings.
Originally it served as a residence of a feudal lord in Tokyo, until it become a part of Imperial garden before it was opened to the public. It is best to visit in fall, when the many ginkgo and maple trees show autumn colors. There are also cherry blossom and plum trees around that are best during spring time.
There are teahouses where visitors can relax and enjoy the scenery. The overlooking pond that fluctuates with the tide is a must-see.
To access Hama Rikyu, head to JR Shimbashi Station (15 minutes on foot), or 5-10 minute walk from Shiodome Station on Oedo Subway Line.
There are free English audio guides that can be rented for free, at the Otemon and Nakanogomon Gate entrances. The garden is open daily from 9:00 to 17:00, and only closes on December 29 to January 3. Admission costs 300 yen.
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