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Bright garden with artificial hills and a large pond
Rikugien Gardens
Place of contact Rikugien Garden Office
Tel: 3941-2222
Address: 6-16-3 Hon-komagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (Zip:113-0021)
Transport 7 minutes walk from [Komagome Sta.] of JR Yamanote Line and Tokyo-metro Nanboku Line,10 minutes walk from [Sengoku Sta.] of Toei Subway Mita Line
mapRikugi-en has been counted as one of two excellent gardens of the Edo period together with Koishikawa Koraku-en. The garden was built by Mr. Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa, a famous favorite of the fifth Shogun Tunayoshi Tokugawa , as his villa in 1702. This garden is a typical Daimyo garden called a Kaiyuu pond garden with hills and ponds. Because the land had been on a corner of the flat Musashino, he dug a pond and made hills. The name, Rikugi-en, came from "six elements of Waka poems" that had been derived from "six styles of poems" written in the old Chinese poetry book "Mao-shi". In this garden, a big pond with some islands is surrounded by trees and offering imitations of famous Japanese beautiful spots such as Wakanoura in Kishuu(Wakayama Prefecture). The garden became the property of Iwasaki family of Mitsubishi group and was contributed to Tokyo city and opened to the public in 1938. Rikugi-en was appointed as special beauty spot of Japan in 1953.
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