Rikugien is often considered Tokyo’s most beautiful Japanese landscape garden. Built around 1700, Rikugien literally means “six poems garden” and reproduces in miniature 88 scenes from famous poems. The garden is a good example of an Edo Period strolling garden and features a large central pond surrounded by man-made hills and forested areas, all connected by a network of trails.
One of the best times to visit Rikugien is in autumn when the numerous maples trees turn the garden into one of Tokyo’s best autumn color spots. The views are particularly beautiful around the stream that runs by the Tsutsujichaya teahouse, around the Togetsukyo Bride and from the Fujishirotoge viewpoint.