This strolling, mountain and pond-style garden was created basted on the theme of Waka poetry in the 15th year of the Genroku Period (1702) by the shogun, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi’s trusted confidante Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu.
This garden is a typical example of the famous gardens of the Edo Period. In the Meiji Period, this garden became a second residence of the founder of Mutsubishi, Iwasaki Yataro. Later, the Iwasaki family donated this garden to the City of Tokyo, and it was designated as a special site of exceptional beauty ad an important cultural asset.
Though we can enjoy this garden with seasonally blooming trees and it usually opens from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., now (until 5th December, 2010) it open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for “Autumn leaves Light-up”. (Entry until 8:30 a.m)
In the evening, trees are lit up, adding a fantastic atmosphere to the beautiful garden!
I went there the first day of “Autumn leaves Light-up”, I think the leaves are going to turn more yellow and red!
Rikugien (りくぎえん, 六義園)
Entrance fee: 300 yen
Access: 7 min. walk from JR Yamanote Line / Subway Mita Line “Komagome station”.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
* During “Autumn leaves Light-up” (19th Nov. to 5th Dec., 2010),
the garden open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.