Hama-Rikyu Onshi Teien Garden   浜離宮恩賜庭園

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"Special Historic Site," the Hama-Rikyu garden Onshi Teien is the former hunting preserve of the Tokugawa.

"Special Historic Site," the Hama-Rikyu garden Onshi Teien is the former hunting preserve of the Tokugawa.

Hama Rikyu Onshi-Teien Tokyo consists of three lake and two islands housing a teahouse.

Hama Rikyu Onshi-Teien Tokyo consists of three lake and two islands housing a teahouse.

Hunting for black pines and tea

A few steps from the Tsukiji market, the Hamarikyu Onshi Teien emblematic garden of the Japanese capital attracts those by its ponds and pavilions.

The booming Tsukiji market gives way to a calm and old Tokugawa reserve. His garden, Hamarikyu Onshi Teien, remains one of the finest in Tokyo, and has been protected since 1952 by the title of "special historic site." It also houses a bird sanctuary. Despite the bombing that destroyed it in 1944, the main tea houses still remain, and it has retained its three lakes, including the vast Shioiri with its two islands.

A miniaturized and stylized plant world that illustrates very well the definition of Japanese gardens: borrowing from a natural landscape. Property of the Emperor in the Meiji period, and then bequeathed to the City of Tokyo in 1945 by Hirohito, Hama Rikyu Teien traces its way through Japanese history and the succession of eras and imperial policies.

Its waters features illustrate the splendor of controlled geometric accuracy. Cross the Shioiri pond on the small pontoon and access the island where you will find the last remaining  teahouse of the garden, and with cakes and a cup of tea, you can taste Japan.


Interested in the gardens? Do not hesitate to book our activity dedicated to the historic garden of Tokyo.

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