stroll in Hamarikyu Gardens
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.

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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.

Although it is considered a cultural heritage by Japanese government, the garden or the park has difficulty to attract foreign tourists because it does not offer foreign language guide tour, even though it does offer English map. Other than its Japanese tea ceremony service and simple traditional Japanese snack service beside the pond, the Garden does not offer other food service. However, the Garden does have a varieties of trees and other plants, while it does have a 300-year pine tree and a few other old trees. Because most of the trees are rather "short" to fit into traditional Japanese garden scene, when they are compared to the tall trees of Meiji Shrines, visitors have to prepare for the hot weather and sunshine from late April to early or mid September. When trees do not provide shade for the visitors and when there is only limited food service for the visitors, visiting the garden in hot weather can be a difficulty issue for the visitors who have young babies or kids. The Garden or park does have numerous strict rules for the visitors. For example, although there are a few benches in the garden, visitors are not allowed to sit on the lawn area, which is very different from the front park area of the imperial palace. In such a sense, the Garden or Park seems to lose its purpose of being a garden or park for visitors, regardless who they are, when visitors cannot sit or relax on lawn as they wish.

Very well kept garden. Went in late afternoon on a weekday and it was pretty empty and quiet. Would definitely recommend the teahouse in the middle of the garden.

I love this place. A seawater park, so beautiful. Best place to chill. Boat tours start here too.

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