Next, we'll take a pleasant and peaceful stroll in Hamarikyu Garden, a vast landscaped park in the middle of Tokyo characterised by its tranquility. When we reach the reach the pier we'll board a cruise boat and sail down the Sumida River to Asakusa, discovering Tokyo’s skyline and bridges from a different perspective. Asakusa is one of Tokyo oldest and best-preserved districts and on arrival we'll walk along the Nakamise Dori merchant street to reach the Sensoji Temple, marked by its huge lantern. The Nakamise Dori merchant street dates back to the Edo period when the temple’s neighbours were given special permission to open their shops in the approach to the temple. Your guide will lead you to small streets where you can still feel the presence of Ancient Japan.
This was a very nice garden to visit but unfortunately it was wet, rainy, and cold when I went. The trees are still beautiful but none of the Sakura trees were in bloom yet. I'm sure my experience would have been better if I had gone on a sunny day in a couple weeks when everything is in bloom. For ¥300 admission fee, I think it's a nice and relaxing time. You can also access the boat line from here.
One of the loveliest sights to see in Tokyo. If you're looking for a calming place right in the heart of the city, where you can walk around along beautifully landscaped water ponds surrounded by trees, a place that's small enough to cover in a few minutes but large enough to have solitude and stay in one of those strategically placed seats, this is a place to be.
A moment to breathe and enjoy the gorgeous gardens was welcome after several days in Tokyo. We visited the gardens as daylight faded and it turned cold, yet the Falcons wheeling overhead and masterful garden design kept us walking. As the gardens closed we were the last to scurry for the exit across the bridges, backlit for dramatic affect. Take the time to enjoy these former imperial gardens if you enjoy design, gardening or simply want some pace as we did. There is an entry fee, but we don't mind paying for these places to be maintained. Japanese are the masters of stone work, garden design and trained tree - and these gardens provide all.
Love this garden. You have to pay an entrance fee but it's worth it. It's right on the water and very large. A great place to walk around and have a small picnic at. There's also a tea house where you can get green tea.