Hama-rikyu Garden

Yellow rape and pink cherry trees flowering in spring

Hama Rikyu is a large, attractive landscape garden in central Tokyo. Located alongside Tokyo Bay, Hama Rikyu features seawater ponds which change level with the tides, and a teahouse on an island where visitors can enjoy Japanese tea and sweets while seeing the scenery. The traditional garden stands in a contrast to the high rises of the Shiodome district.

The garden was originally built as a feudal lord’s Tokyo residence and duck hunting grounds during the Edo period (1603-1867), but later used as a strolling garden and as an imperial detached palace.

duck hunting grounds

Shoguns enjoyed the scenery from tea house with their guests and appreciated various ornaments inside.

Tsubame no Ochaya; Swallow’s tea house
cicada shaped ornament for hiding nail
View of Hamarikyu garden from tea house


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