On a particularly hot summer’s day, I was looking for shade to escape the burning August sun. My search brought me to Rikugien, a beautiful Edo Period landscape garden in northern Tokyo’s Bunkyo ward. Built around 1700 and opened to the public in 1938, Rikugien’s name is a reference to the six elements of Waka poetry. Stroll around the large pond and through artificial hills, marvel at the wildlife, and enjoy a delicious ice-cold cup of matcha at Fukiage Chaya tea house. Spreading out over close to 88,000 km², vast Rikugien can be easily reached from Komagome Station (Tokyo Metro or JR Yamanote line).
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