Hamarikyu Garden of the Shogun

2013.06.14 [PLACES,WHAT'S NEW]

Hamarikyu Garden

Situated close to the mouth of the Sumida River is one of Tokyo’s special historic sites, and one recognised
as a place of scenic beauty is the Hamarikyu Gardens. The traditional Japanese landscape garden was
originally part of a villa owned by the family of the 17th Century Tokugawa Shogun. The current garden was
also the site of the nations’ first official guesthouse, the Enryokan, Japan’s first western styled building
constructed of stone. Built in May of 1869, it was used until 1883 and destroyed in 1889. The guesthouse
was used by American President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife during their two month long stay in 1879,
and two years later by King Kalakaua of Hawaii amongst many other visiting dignitaries.


The entrance way is an interesting mixture of east and west, with stone ishigaki, traditional castle stone
walls with yagura watch towers bases, with western styled stone gateways in between. Surrounded by
defenses, the villa and gardens also acted as a support for Edo Castle. In the old days, part of the villas
grounds were set aside for falconry, a sport reserved for the privileged classes. Even today on special
occasions, displays of falconry are staged within the grounds of this expansive garden.








 (Site of the original guesthouse, the Enryokan 延遼館

The park itself is about 250,000 m2 of exquisite traditional landscaping surrounded by castle-like stone walls
and a protective seawater moat fed by the tidal waters of Tokyo Bay.. The centerpiece of the Hamarikyu
Garden is the Shioiri Pond, a large calming tidal waterway with the Nakajima Ochaya Tea Room located on
a small island in the middle and linked by low, wooden bridges. For an extra cost the tea room offers visitors
a simple tea ceremony with a bowl of hot, thick green Matcha tea and a traditional Japanese wagashi sweet.






 (Nakajima Ochaya Tea Room / 中島の御茶屋)


A 300 year old spreading pine tree, the biggest in Tokyo and dating back to the times of the sixth Shogun, Tokugawa Ienobu, can still be seen amongst a grove of plum trees, a peony garden, and other seasonal
flower gardens. A walk around the gardens will reveal the duck hunting walls, the docks for the Shogun’s
private ship, further lakes and ponds and interspersed with traditional raked sand gardens, stone lanterns
and all manner of traditional garden architecture.


 (300 year old spreading pine tree / 300年の松)


While the gardens provide an air of peace and tranquility, the surrounding skyscrapers towering over
the ancient grounds creates an interesting juxtaposition of old and new, traditional and modern, calm
and excitable. The scenes within the garden also change with the seasons, making it a year round
attraction that can be enjoyed time and again.





Access is via the main Entrance, serviced by Tsukijishoji Station on the Toei Oedo Line, or Shiodome via
the Yurikamome line.The closest subway to the Middle Entrance, is the Shiodome Station on the Oedo
Line. The 35 minute Tokyo Mizube and Tokyo Cruise Ships Water Bus services from Asakusa arrives at
and departs from the park, and water bus tickets include park admission.


TOKYO CRUISEの「隅田川ライン」を使えば浅草から浜離宮までの水上クルーズが、東京水辺ラインでは、




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