About Hamarikyu Gardens
Hamarikyu-en Garden, also known as the Old Hamarikyu Garden, is a metropolitan garden located in the central district of Tokyo. The garden covers an area of approximately 250,000 square meters and is one of the most representative daimyo gardens of the Edo period, and along with the surrounding water, it has been designated as a National Special Historic Site by Japan.
The site of the garden was originally an entire field of reeds that had been developed by the Edo Shogunate during the Kan-ei period as a falconry ground for the shogun’s family, and in 1654, Tokugawa Tsuneshige, the son of the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, claimed the land from his older brother and established a villa on the site, which was called Kofu-Hama Yashiki, or Kairaku Yashiki. When Tokugawa Tsuneshige’s son, Tokugawa Ienori, became the sixth shogun, he once again made the mansion the shogun’s residence, renamed it Hama-oden, and remodeled it substantially. After that, the house was built and renovated several times by successive shoguns, and by the time of the 11th shogun, Tokugawa Ienzi, the house was basically in the shape of the present garden. After the Meiji Restoration, it was renamed Hamarikyu Shrine, which was given to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 1955, and opened to the public as a metropolitan park from the following year.
The Hamarikyu Gardens are not only a garden of old trees and elegant surroundings, but also have a series of attractions such as the Tide-In Pond, the Duck Hunting Ground, and the Nakajima Tea House, among which the Tide-In Pond is a pond where seawater is channeled into the garden, and the rise and fall of the tides are utilized to give the pond a variety of interests, which is a commonly used design for Japanese gardens by the seaside.
How to get there
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00
Closed: Year-end and New Year holidays (Dec. 29 – Jan. 1)
Location: 1-1 Hamarikyu Gardens, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0046, Japan
Access：12 min. walk from Shimbashi Station
5 min. walk from Exit 10 of Shiodome Station
I visited Hamarikyu Gardens for the first time in a while! Last time I visited Hamarikyu Garden, I was with a group of about 30 people and a guide, so I could only stay for a short time. It was a very relaxing walk.
The last Tokugawa Shogun came back from Osaka Castle at Hamarikyu! There is a shrine that was built in the Taisho era (1912-1926). There is a shrine that was built in the Taisho era (1912-1926)! Although there was some construction work in the park, I was very satisfied with the garden, which is related to the imperial family.