About Rikugien Garden
Rokugien was built in 1702 by Yanagisawa Yoshiho, who was trusted by Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, the fifth shogun of the Edo Shogunate. The garden is a daimyo garden with a “back-to-back Chikuzan spring (pond)” based on the fun of waka (Japanese traditional music). It is also a representative daimyo garden of the Edo period, and became the villa of Yataro Iwasaki, the founder of Mitsubishi Corporation, in the Meiji period. It was donated to the City of Tokyo by the Iwasaki family in 1938, and in 1953, it was designated as a special place of interest and a valuable cultural property by the government.
The name “Rokugien” is derived from the six styles of classification of waka mentioned in the preface to the Kujinji, which is modeled on the classification of ancient Chinese poetry (the six meanings of poetry). In the center of the garden there is a large spring pond, and to the north of the pond there is a small hill, which is rich in undulation in structure. In the garden, there are various kinds of grasses and trees such as weeping cherry giant trees, maples, azaleas, etc. You can enjoy the different flavors of the four seasons during the cherry blossom season in spring, the red leaf season in autumn, the colorful lights at night, and the azalea festival held from mid-April to mid-May. There is a garden path around the pond, so you can enjoy a leisurely walk around the garden. The garden is a representative Japanese garden of the Edo period, with a Japanese Opera atmosphere.
How to get there
6-16-3 Hon-Komagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0021, Japan
Access:7 minutes on foot from Komagome Station
10 minutes on foot from Toei Subway Sengoku Station
The autumn leaves were in their prime and the lighting events had not yet begun. After going around the perimeter of the pond and climbing up to the highest point, one can really feel that this is an oasis in the middle of the city.