Just a stone throw away from the dizzying buildings of Shimbashi, and the sprawling Tsukiji Market is Hamarikyu gardens. Here ducks splash about in seawater moats, diving into reflections of skyscrapers.
Hamarikyu gardens don’t have as spectacular a display of autumnal foliage as other places in Tokyo and its springtime efflorescence is on the subtle end of the cherry blossom viewing spectrum, so it remains a little more sidelined than Tokyo’s more famous parks and gardens.
If you ask me, Hamarikyu presents visitors with curious vignettes that juxtapose old and new Tokyo, botanical beauty and with skyward feats of engineering. It is just fascinating to watch these contrasts from this historic and placid park.
Hamarikyu gardens originally belonged to the Shogun families of the Edo period. During the Meiji Restoration, the gardens belonged to the Imperial family and a palace stood on the grounds. The buildings were damaged beyond repair during the Great Kanto Earthquake and the bombings of WWII and in 1945, the Imperial family gave the gardens to the City of Tokyo and it opened to the public in 1946
How to get there:
Toei O-edo Line Shiodome Station. E-19, Tsukiji-shijo Sta. E-18 or Yurikamome Shiodome Station. (7 minutes on foot) JR or Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Toei Asakusa Line, Shimbashi Station. (10 minutes on foot) G-08, A-10