Created based on the Theme of Waka Poetry
The Rikugi-en Garden consists of a small pond, trees and a hill created based on the theme of Waka poetry, and was regarded as one of the most admired gardens of the Edo era. The name Rikugi-en means ‘garden of the six principles of Waka poetry’. This strolling, mountain and pond-style garden attracts people from all over the world.
The Fifth Tokugawa Shogun Tsunayoshi’s Favorite Garden
This Garden was built by Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa as his own villa in 1702, a trusted confidante of the fifth shogun, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, who actually made official visits to the Garden more than 50 times. The Garden became the property of Yataro Iwasaki, a founder of Mitsubishi Group, who eventually entrusted the garden to the metropolitan city of Tokyo, and the park was opened to the public in 1938.
Enjoy the Teahouse along the Ponds
Rikugi-en is quite spacious, and it takes about an hour to cover the garden’s entire network by using the walking paths at a leisurely speed. The trails wind around the gardens, through forests and open lawns, and lead to several teahouses which are open to public. The Fukiage Chaya teahouse along the pond’s northwestern shore is a good place to take a rest and have some tea, which costs about 510 yen.
Tokyo’s Best Autumn Color Spots
One of the best times to visit Rikugi-en is in the autumn when the numerous maples trees turn the garden into one of Tokyo’s best autumn color spots. The colors generally appear from late November to early December. The Garden is also nice to visit in the spring when the various flowing trees and shrubs bloom, including weeping cherry trees near the main gate, from late March to early April and from April to May to see azalea bushes along the central pond.