Golden Hour in Rikugien Garden

One of Tokyo's most beautiful gardens bathed in light

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

Rikugien Garden was established in 1695 and is one of the most famous gardens in Tokyo. It is one of the gardens in the city that tourists just don’t miss. As one of the best examples of traditional Japanese gardens it is beautiful any time of the year. The garden is particularly popular in autumn when the garden opens until late with special illumination.

My visit occurred at the end of October when the leaves just start to change colours. As I arrived during the evening, there weren't any crowds. I found that Rikugien Garden was very spacious. It featured a traditional pond, bridges, tea houses with some people who were resting inside and a hill to climb up and observe the garden from. The squawking crows inhabiting Rikugien even felt as if they were hosts...

As I walked along the path, the sun began to set, colouring the garden in wonderful golden colours - I cannot express just how absolutely beautiful and special it was.

Getting there

Rikugien Garden is a short walk from Komagome Staton on the JR Yamanote Line.

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: Matane!