Rikugien: The Most Beautiful Japanese Landscape Garden

If you are looking for the best autumn spots in Tokyo, Rikugien Garden is one of them. It is located in Bunkyo. Its history can be traced back to the 1700s. It was built for the 5th Tokugawa Shogun. Alongside the Koishikawa Korakuen, Rikugien is often considered also as the most beautiful traditional Japanese landscape garden in Tokyo. This Japanese garden features a large central pond surrounded by forested areas and man-made hills – all of which are connected by a network of hiking trails. It is surrounded by some hills to provide additional beauty for the gardens.

Rikugien Garden is one of the popular spots in Tokyo, especially during the autumn season. The evening light of the autumn and spring colors can be witnessed here too. Many tours are available every day during this season to not just see the views like the Japanese landscape garden, but learn about the history and traditional customs of the city. However, you don’t need a guide if you decide to visit this garden too. Still, it is best to read a guide before visiting to save time. It has several different Japanese gardens that provide a great place for tourists to relax and enjoy the beauty of Tokyo. Because of its lush green surroundings, locals and tourists alike come here for a peaceful and relaxing environment. After all, it’s not too far and is just within the city.

Special tours

During the autumn in the months of November and December, special tours are offered to witness the beautiful autumn colors in Rikugien Garden. The best time to visit here is from late November to early December to see numerous maples turn into golden and color autumn views.

Rikugien garden is also a special place to visit during spring where various flowers and cherry blossom trees are in full bloom. The garden’s large central pond is the best place to check out cherry trees and flowers in the spring months from April to May.

Rikugien’s opening hours during the day is from 9 AM to 5 PM. Evening light is available until 9 PM during autumn and spring. You can get an admission ticket at the opening entry gate for 300 yen. Please prepare 300 yen in advance before entering during busy months.

How to get to Rikugien garden in Bunkyo City

Komagome Station is the nearest station to the garden. The main entrance gate is located in the eastern part of the park. The entry gate is only a 5 to 10-minute walk. From south of Komagome station on the Namboku Subway Line or JR Yamanote Line.