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Regions of Japan

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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Attraction

Rikugien Garden 六義園

A garden that is pure poetry, with three lovely teahouses

Designated a natural scenic beauty spot since 1953, Rikugien Garden is typical of the Edo period style, offering various perspectives and vantage points throughout its grounds. Rikugien is in central Tokyo, offering a few hours of reprieve from the city's more hectic destinations.

Don't Miss

  • Crossing the Togetsukyo Bridge, a stone bridge that rests on two large rocks
  • Visiting the garden at night during illumination season

Quick Facts

The garden was created in 1702 by Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa

During the Meiji period, the garden was a second residence for Mitsubishi founder Yataro Iwasaki

How to Get There

Rikugien is a 10-minute walk from Komagome Station on the JR Yamanote Line and Nanboku subway line.

A poetic creation

The name "Rikugien" refers to the six elements of traditional Japanese poetry. True to its name, the structure and flow of Rikugien allude to scenes from famous waka poems.

Central to the garden's design is a lovely pond surrounded by walking trails that take you to different areas of the garden. Most of the walking trails are fairly flat, and offer people of all ages and physical conditions a place to enjoy Japan's natural beauty.

Tea time options in the garden

When you need a break, visit Fukiage Chaya teahouse for some matcha (green tea) and Japanese sweets while overlooking the central pond. Other options include Takimi no Chaya teahouse on the southwestern side of the garden and Tsutsuji Chaya on the northern side.

Cherry blossoms and fall leaves

Rikugien is especially popular during the cherry blossom and fall foliage seasons when the garden is blanketed in seasonal hues. At these times, both locals and foreigners flock to see the colorful transformation and take part in hanami (cherry blossom viewing) and momiji-gari (fall-leaf viewing).

Nighttime viewing

Most gardens, Rikugien included, close early. During the cherry blossom season and fall foliage season, however, Rikugien Garden extends its hours and holds special illumination events, allowing guests to appreciate the beauty of nature at night. In fact, many consider Rikugien to be one of Tokyo's best spots for viewing maple leaves in autumn.

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