Friday, December 2, 2011

Hama Rikyu Teien - Detached Palace Garden

Hama Rikyu Teien (garden) was first built up in 1654.  The 4th Tokugawa Shogun's younger brother built his residence here.

This garden features two duck hunting sites with charming tea pavilions, as well as flower field, plum grove, wisteria trellis, and wonderful trees. This is a typical example of the famous gardens of Edo Period.

Shioiri-no-ike (seawater pond)
The pond takes the sea water, so its water level moves up and down by the tide. 

Many ducks are on the pond.

Nakajima tea pavilion.  You can take a rest and have a cup of tea. (For set of powdered green tea and a sweets, 500 yen.)

Collaboration of a traditional garden and metro buildings.

 Take a rest... with Conrad.

At the time of 6th Shogun, the garden was renovated, and a large pine was planted to celebrate the renovation.  This pine is 300 years old.

You can visit here by Tokyo metro or JR, but also by waterbus (Sumida River Line) from Asakusa.
The entrance fee is 300 JPY. 

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