5 beautiful gardens in Tokyo
1) Rikugien Gardens
One of the best spots to see weeping cherry trees. Every year at the end of March, the mesmerising blossoms attract huge crowds. But spring is not the only season to enjoy this garden. Visit it in late November and you will be amazed by the bright red autumn leaves.
People often book Happo-en for wedding ceremonies. You can also visit their garden, which has a tearoom where you can enjoy a cup of matcha with a seasonal Japanese sweet. Part of their building was apparently used as a model for Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Way.
3) Hamarikyu Gardens
One of the gardens used to be owned by a feudal lord during the Edo period. It is listed as a Japanese site of historic relevance and a place of scenic beauty. The water that runs through and around the garden comes directly from the sea. You may even spot jellyfish and other sea creatures swimming in it.
4) Hanahata Kinen Teien
This garden was built to teach visitors about traditional Japanese culture. The rooms at Oukatei, the building in the garden, can be hired for a wedding, ikebana, and many other purposes. It has a surface area of over 9000 square metres, and somehow reminds us of a castle in the Edo period.
5) Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
A place where you can see flowers throughout the year, including cherry blossoms in spring, crape myrtles in summer, autumn leaves in hues of red and gold, and plum blossoms in winter. There are a restaurant and a tearoom inside the garden to satisfy those hunger pangs. Neither serves alcohol, however, as consuming alcohol in the garden is prohibited.
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