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Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens (旧芝離宮恩賜庭園)

Take a step back in time and immerse yourself in the beauty and history of the Edo period at Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens. This circular landscape garden, located just a stone’s throw from Hamamatsu-cho Station, is a true gem from Tokyo’s past, with a spacious pond at its center and a path encircling the water.

Once the residence of a high-level official, this mid-17th century garden was constructed on reclaimed land from the bay and was later gifted to the Kishu-Tokugawa family. In the early 1920s, the gardens were donated to Tokyo City and opened to the public the following year after being restored.

Designated a Place of Scenic Beauty and Historic Interest in 1979, Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens showcases exceptional ground and stone work and is a must-visit for anyone interested in traditional Japanese gardening. Springtime brings the beauty of plum blossoms and autumn sees the park ablaze with the warm hues of reddish maple leaves.

So, if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and experience the serenity of a traditional Japanese garden, Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens is the perfect destination. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover one of Tokyo’s most famous surviving feudal lord gardens from the Edo period!

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