Japan -03/31/- 04/08/2017

Day 3- Hama Rikyu Gardens -4/3/2017


We walked to Hama Rikyu gardens which is a short distance from Tsukiji Market along the Shin-ohashi-doro. 

It is located in the area called Shiodome and is situated right the middle of tall skyscrapers in the business and commercial buildings that were built during the redevelopment of the area in 2004.

This is right after we passed the fish Market.


Lots of high rise buildings in the area.

Mouth of Sumida River. It is a bit surprising to find such a peaceful area right in the middle of Tokyo.

Hamarikyu Gardens is surrounded by modern architecture and is such a contrast between modern against a secret oasis in the heart of Tokyo.

We are now crossing a little bridge to get in the Hama Rikyu gardens.  Underneath the bridge is the mouth of the Sumida-gawa, a large river flowing through Tokyo.


The entrance to the Hama Rikyu gardens.

Hamarikyu Gardens is a traditional Japanese style gardens with about 250,000㎡ that was created in 1654 in Tokyo. It was used as one of the generals (Shogun) of the Edo period in Japan at that time as a part of his own palace.

 It was built by the shogun Tokugawa in the Edo period (1603-1868). The garden's ponds are connected to the Tokyo bay so the water level of the ponds changed with the tide. Large parts of the garden were reed fields, and the southern garden was used by the Shogun's family for falconry and duck hunting.

With the Meiji restoration in 1868, the Tokugawa shogunate fell and the imperial family built a detached villa on the grounds of the garden. .

The park is a very Zen and serene.

Hamarikyu Gardens represents a typical Japanese style gardening design (Kaiyu Teien style) that had been very popular among the powerful feudal loads (Daimyo) since the 14th century.

A worker trimming a pine tree by hand.


They take really good care of their trees.



Beautiful mature trees...



Cherry blossoms.


More cherry blossoms....


Pink and white camellias



Close look at the cherry blossoms.

Rest area in the middle of the park.  You can buy food and eat around here. 

A lot of Japanese brought their lunches and sat around to enjoy the surrounding.


We arrived at this area filled with Colza





More colza...


Sign for 300 years old pine tree.

 Beautiful 300 years old pine with large twisted branches have to be supported by wooden pillars.

The branches are really spread out from the main truck so support is needed. 



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