Traditional Japanese Gardens are great places to relax in Tokyo. They’re usually not very busy and visited mostly by locals.
I decided to visit this place as it was close to where I was staying. What a wonderful surprise!
This is a picture-perfect XIX century Japanese garden, and you can spend a couple of hours taking in the manicured landscape, watching tortoises and carp laze about and having a picnic with a view (tickets Y150). This was the first Japanese garden I visit and one of my favourites.
I visited Koishikawa Korakuen Garden (ticket Y300) at the end of my Japanese adventure, and it was one of my favourite places!
This is a massive Japanese garden full of little gems – waterfalls, red bridges, lakes, fruits trees etc. I visited on a beautiful sunny day in early November, when you could catch the red tint of autumn leaves which made it the perfect time for a visit.
The place is pretty big, so you can spend an hour or two exploring and having a snack enjoying the view.
Japanese gardens are always amazing, but this one was probably my favourite!
Rikugien Garden (tickets Y300) is inspired by scenes in Japanese poems. It is a large garden full of little places to explore, including a human-made hill with great views over the garden and a little waterfall.
It’s located in a quiet neighbourhood but definitely worth the trip.
Close to Tsukiji Market, Hamarikyu is a nice green area in central Tokyo (tickets Y300). The place is really big, with many ponds (filled with water from Tokyo Bay), traditional buildings and cafes.
As it covers a large area, it’s more like an urban park than a garden, and as you take in the quiet atmosphere you also see the contrasting skyscrapers nearby.
SHINJUKU GYOEN NATIONAL GARDEN
Gyoen Garden (tickets Y200) is another place to escape the madness. It’s a quiet garden right by Shinjuku with lots of different areas, including a traditional Japanese garden. It’s the perfect place to recharge with a picnic.
Tokyo doesn’t have many green areas, but its gardens really are the best!