Best Japanese Garden in Tokyo: Teahouse serving Green Tea and Japanese Desserts, stepping stones around the pond, Japanese Garden Bridge. Romantic things to do in Tokyo.
Japanese Gardens: Things To Do
The Japanese Tokyo Gardens are a great place to relax from the Tokyo city buzz. The atmosphere is so calm and serene you feel like you went back in time.
The tiny Japanese Tea Houses in the Gardens serve green tea and Japanese desserts. The sliding walls of the teahouse are made of paper and bamboo.
A traditional Japanese garden is a reflection of nature, so the elements – rocks, water and trees are put together to reflect the seasonal changes in the most beautiful way. All the elements symbolize something, nothing is unplanned.
Autumn maple tree colors and Cherry Blossom trees in spring are Super-beautiful at the gardens. Don’t miss it!
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- Rikugien wins the first place as my favorite Japanese Garden in Tokyo. It is so peaceful, you can easily forget that you are in the city. It is most magnificent in autumn when maple trees turn stunning blend of red and yellow. After a leisurely walk you arrive at the tiny tea house overlooking a Japanese Garden bridge and the pond, the turtles and the superb autumn colors. A bliss !! Getting there is from Komagome Station (7 minutes on foot) or Sengoku Station.
- Koishikawa Korakuen is one of the city’s oldest and most Romantic Japanese gardens.
It’s hard to believe this calm oasis is minutes away from one of Tokyo’s most bustling business areas. Water lilies in the pond blossom from May to September, followed by Autumn leaves on the Japanese Maple trees in Mid-November. In one word – Bliss.
Don’t miss the tiny restaurant overlooking the Garden (at the entrance) serving Traditional Japanese meals at a very reasonable price.
Koishikawa Korakuen is a short walk from Iidabashi Station.
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- Kiyosumi Teien – This magical Japanese Garden is paved with stepping stones forming the path around the pond. It’s great fun to watch the huge fish and turtles as they crowd around you waiting for some food.
The park is next to Fukagawa Edo Museum, a short walk from Monzen-Nkacho Station on the Tozai and Oedo Subway Lines
- Hama Rikyu Garden is surrounded by a sea water moat filled by Tokyo Bay. Originally the garden was created at a villa that belonged to a Shogun family.
The garden creates a striking first impression because of the contrast between the traditional Japanese Rock garden design and the skyscrapers in the background.
Hama Rikyu has a lovely welcoming tea house serving the traditional Matcha Green Tea and Japanese Desserts.
Hama Rikyu can be accessed by boat from Asakusa and Odaiba. Or you can get there from JR Shimbashi Station or Shiodome Station.
- Kyu-Shiba-Rikyu Garden – Surrounded by office buildings on all sides, none the less, this Japanese garden is among the most relaxing and Romantic things to do in Tokyo.
It has no Tea-house, but the huge fish at the pond will gather around you waiting for food as you step on the tiny Japanese garden bridge.
Located next to Hamamatsucho Station on the Yamanote line.