Top gardens in Tokyo

Tokyo is the most populous city on the planet, and it's not unusual for visitors to feel a little overwhelmed with the noise, the bright lights and the crowds. However, luckily there are lots of beautiful parks and gardens dotted around the city. Here are some of our top gardens in Tokyo...

Top gardens in Tokyo

Shinjuku Gyoen - This spacious park boasts wide lawns, sweeping trees and ponds, and is located right in the heart of one of Tokyo's busiest neighbourhoods. Established on the site of an old Edo Era mansion house in 1906, Shinjuku Gyoen is considered to be one of the most important gardens in Japan. It incorporates examples of Japanese, French and English landscaping and offers great views of the city skyline through the trees.

Ueno Koen Park - Ueno Koen is the largest park in Tokyo, and you'll find half a dozen museums, a zoo, a Toshogu Shrine and the Shinobazu Pond, among other attractions. It's also famous for cherry trees, but everyone in Tokyo knows this and you'll often come across raucous hanami parties under the pink blooms.

Yoyogi Koen - Visiting Tokyo in the autumn time? Yoyogi Koen is one of the best places in the city to enjoy the richly coloured autumn leaves. It's designed along the lines of western parks, and in 1964 it was the site of the Olympic Village.

Imperial Palace East Gardens - The Imperial Palace may not be open to visitors, but the Imperial Palace East Gardens is a truly scenic spot where locals and tourists gather to wander the landscaped gardens and rent pleasure boats on the moat.

Rikugien - Rikugien is one of the top gardens in Tokyo for getting an insight into traditional Japanese culture. It's a classic Japanese landscape garden dating from the Edo period (it was constructed between 1695 and 1702). Its gardens represent famous poems from the same era. The name Rikugi comes from the idea of the six elements in waka poetry.

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