Rikugien Garden

Rikugien Garden, Bunkyo: Hours, Address, Rikugien Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

Rikugien Garden
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Mick
Bangkok, Thailand120 contributions
Pretty Garden. Easy to visit
Nov 2020
Right next to Konagome station. Entrance fee is 300 Yen and the park is a nice stroll.
Some nice Autumn foliage but not overly spectacular.
Good spot for a stroll away from the hustle and bustle.
Written 16 November 2020
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crybaby21sg
Singapore, Singapore146 contributions
Nearer gate if you are visiting in autumn or spring
Nov 2019
We went there in early autumn to see the illumination but the trees haven't quite turned colors yet. If you are coming by the Komagome Station, ignore the big signage pointing you to the garden. Following the sign will take you about 10 mins. Rather, there is a nearer entrance, turn to your right from the station exit and you will see the garden entrance. (According to Japan Travel, this gate is open to the public only during a few weeks in autumn and spring).
Written 30 December 2019
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gocats89
New York City, NY304 contributions
Beautiful garden, easy visit
Dec 2019
I visited Rikugien with my mother and nephew in December. This is a very manageable, beautiful example of a Japanese garden. It is a manageable visit even for older people due to its compact size, flat terrain and several stopping points throughout.

Rikugien is located in the northern part of Tokyo, but it is an easy trip on the JR Yamanote line. As you exit the station, go to the western side of the park. Guidebooks indicate an eastern entrance but this is incorrect.

Your visit should take about 90 minutes with a few breaks. You walk around the park, take pictures, sit and admire the "natural" beauty. The entire garden is immaculately curated. There are all kinds of trees, but most notable in late fall are the Japanese maples.

There are a couple of tea houses within the complex to sit and have a drink. It can get busy on weekend days in nice weather, but in general a visit here can be a welcome respite from the crowds of Tokyo. This garden is much more manageable than the much larger Shinjuku gyoen but with similar visual impact.
Written 27 December 2019
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Honestcouple
Lancashire134 contributions
A leisurely stroll
Nov 2019
Take your time to take it all in. Look left, look right, turn round. Unfortunately just missed the Autumn Illumination. Next time.
Written 23 December 2019
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Paul W
Sydney, Australia257 contributions
Beautiful strolling garden. Gorgeous particularly in Autumn.
Nov 2019
Well worth 2 or 3 hours of your time. A renowned strolling garden with specimens such as a 300 year old black pine.
Written 1 December 2019
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Shlomi T
Nagano, Japan1,274 contributions
Beautiful garden, especially during light-up around Christmas season.
Nov 2019
Beautiful garden, especially during light-up around Christmas season.
a few minutes walk from Komagome station on the Yamanote line.
Written 30 November 2019
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spanishmiss
Falmouth, UK175 contributions
Wonderful Autumn colours
Nov 2019 • Couples
What a wonderful garden to visit to see the Autumn leaf colours. Monty Don had visited this garden in his Japanese Gardens series (Uk gardening series!) so we were keen to visit. Rather busy , we had to queue to get in but once inside it was ok. Fantastic viewpoints to take lots of photos. These gardens are also open in the evenings at end of November/ early December, when the gardens are illuminated. We didn’t do that but would like to next visit!
Written 29 November 2019
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Kjinhu
Woodstock, GA38 contributions
Winter Illuminations were amazing
Nov 2019 • Couples
Rikugien gardens are one of our favorites. This year we were able to enjoy the night time illumination of their fall colors. It gave a whole new perspective on the gardens. Worth the visit if you are there during this season
Written 24 November 2019
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invis_lady
Brisbane122 contributions
Autumn leaves just starting to change colour
Nov 2019 • Solo
I went early on a Sunday morning, arriving around 9:30am. The 5 autumn leaves places within the park are just starting to change colour. There are a few workmen around, putting up lights in preparation for the garden being open at night from later this month, but nothing hugely obtrusive. I enjoyed my visit there.
Written 11 November 2019
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Chelsea
Hong Kong, China205 contributions
Amazing Garden
Oct 2019
Amazing garden in Tokyo. Highly recommend visit the garden in Autumn. Night view was simply amazing with red leaves.
Written 24 October 2019
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