Sakura in Rikugien Garden – Enjoy Spring in a Traditional Japanese Garden



Tokyo is the urbanest and most modern city in Japan. On the other hand, it also has a lot of greens and many historical spots. There are also several famous traditional Japanese gardens in Tokyo. and one of them is Rikugien garden.

In this article, I would like to introduce you Rikugien garden in Bunkyo ward of Tokyo, its architectural style, and beautiful cherry trees in spring.

Rikugien – a Traditional Japanese Garden

The Rikugien is a traditional garden that was originally built in the 1700s by order of the 5th Shogun – Tokugawa Tsunayoshi. Rikugien means “Six Poems Garden” which comes from the idea of the six elements in waka poetry. This garden is considered one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in Tokyo. Thus, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city throughout the year, featuring great nature with the traditional Japanese landscape and ponds.

Not limited to cherry trees in spring, the garden in autumn is also attractive for the beautiful foliage of maple trees that turn into red and yellow.

The garden is an excellent example of an Edo Period strolling garden called Kaiyu-shiki style garden.  It features a large central pond surrounded by humanmade hills and forested areas, all connected by a network of small trails. Rikugien is quite spacious, and it takes about an hour to cover the entire network of walking paths at a leisurely speed. The trails wind around the gardens, thorough forests, and open lawns, and lead to several teahouses which are open to the public. Fukiage Chaya – a teahouse along the pond’s northwestern shore is a beautiful place to take a rest and have some tea.

What is Kaiyu-shiki style garden?

Kaiyu-shiki style garden (回遊式庭園) features a central pond or small lake with a path going around it typically. Kaiyu-shiki style gardens are referred to Japanese promenade gardens, go-round style gardens, and Japanese strolling gardens. Japanese started building these gardens in the Edo Period (1600-1854). A garden generally features a path, where people should walk in a clockwise direction. Walking by this path a visitor can notice a series of scenes which open to his eyes only at key points around the path.

Frequently,  Kaiyu-shiki style garden will feature the style or technique of “Borrowed Scenery,” which uses elements outside of the garden such as temples or mountains to create the illusion that the garden is much larger than it is. Some Kaiyu-shiki style gardens also use the style or technique of Miegakure or “hide-and-reveal,” which uses the angle of the direction the path, buildings, thick foliage or fences to hide a particular part of the scene until a visitor is at the ideal viewing position.

Cherry Blossoms at Rikugien

 One of the best seasons for visiting Rikugien is in spring because cherry blossoms are so beautiful. This garden has a significant weeping cherry tree (Shidare-zakura), which massive with 15m high and 20m wide. You can enjoy this tree in the evening when there is during the blooming season. The light up event starts at sunset and ends at 9 pm.

The number of cherry trees is not so big in Rikugien, but the most famous weeping cherry blossom tree near the entrance is exceptionally breathtaking. Branches covered with pink flowers falling like a waterfall from the big weeping cherry blossom tree makes you understand the reason why this park with the cherry tree is well known as one of the best cherry tree spots in Tokyo.

Best Time to Visit

 The blooming season starts around the beginning of March. Usually, Somei-Yoshino cherry trees and weeping cherry trees  reach the full bloom from mid-March to the beginning of April. Even in mid-April, you may enjoy viewing late-blooming wild trees – Yamazakura. However, I suggest you visit the garden in the mid-March to watch the weeping cherry trees in full bloom. Besides, please remember that weeping cherry trees bloom one or two weeks earlier than Somei Yoshino cherry trees.

Details and Access

Dates: Beginning of March – Beginning of April

Time: 9:00 – 17:00

Evening light-up: sunset till 21:00 (Late March – Beginning of April)

Fee: ¥300

Address: 6-16, Hon Komagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Access: 7 minutes’ walk from Komagome Station

Closing Remarks

During the blossoms season, volunteer guides will take you to the garden at 11:00 and 14:00 two times every day. The tour takes about an hour. Why don’t you join it? Cherry blossoms in a daytime are sweet and elegant, but at night time are charming. I hope you will visit the garden both at the daytime and at night.

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See More Tokyo Spring Events and Festivals This Year!

After cold winter, Tokyo blooms as hundreds of thousands of Sakura trees in spring. Not only it features numerous parks and spots for cherry blossoms viewing, but it also boasts uncountable events that will make your stay even more memorable. The weather is mild, so it is a perfect time for a walk around the city. The following article picked up the most interesting and popular festivals and events to attend this spring in Tokyo! Please take a look!

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Enjoy Sakura in Japan!

Cherry blossoms are an essential part of Japanese culture. And, viewing cherry blossoms (Hanami) is very popular in Japan during the spring. This is because cherry blossoms, which the Japanese call “Sakura” are stunning at this season.

If you are planning to visit Japan this spring and want to discover more cherry blossoms spots in Kyoto area, please check the following article. It’s covering the best Hanami spots in the old capital and provides you with the essential information, so you can get the most from your Sakura trip!

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Osaka is very close to Kyoto. It will be a miss if you don’t visit Osaka to see cherry blossoms when you are in the Kansai area in spring. Please check the following article to find out the best cherry blossoms viewing spots in Osaka and Kansai!

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Kyoto and Osaka have many beautiful spots to see Cherry blossoms. However, other areas also have excellent places for hanami. Tokyo features many of those spots as well! If you are in Tokyo around spring and looking for a place to see cherry blossoms, Why don’t you check the following article?

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A lot of people when they get to a Matsuri for the first time feel a bit lost. They confuse about what is happening around. If you are new to Japanese Festivals or want to know an alternative way of how you can enjoy these events, the following article will provide you with a set of helpful tips on how to choose a proper festival and activities you should try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!

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Did You Know That There is a Festival Every Day Somewhere in Japan?

Japan is a country of festivals indeed. Matsuri is an essential part of traditional Japanese culture. Thus, every day somewhere in Japan a festival takes place. There are traditional and modern festivals, on the sea and on the ground, in summer and winter. Japanese are hardworking people. However, when you attend at least one festival in Japan, you will understand how locals like to party. The article under the link below will introduce you to a celebration on any day of the year. I am sure you will find an event that suits your interests utmost!

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l am living in Nagoya, the third largest city located between Tokyo and Osaka. I am looking forword to introducing you about wonderful festivals in Japan.

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