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A Garden for All Seasons
Price: 300 yen
Last year, I went to one of the most beautiful gardens in Tokyo. I was told that it is beautiful for all seasons. As autumn is already here and the leaves are starting to change, I remembered this beautiful garden and decided to share my review with everyone. This garden's name is Rikugien. It's pretty cool that you can find such a peaceful place amidst the concrete jungle that is Tokyo. Usually, I go out of Tokyo for flower and herb festivals. But little did I know that I didn't have to go too far.
I went to Rikugien garden three separate times last autumn season. The first time it was raining (but still beautiful), the second time it was during the day (plus it was sunny), and the third time was night time (so I could see the leaves illuminated and reflected on the water). I mostly did photo walks here of course. It's a great place for people who like taking photos of nature, especially since there are some beautiful birds fluttering about, too! The park is pretty big, and you can spend maybe half a day there just exploring. There is a teahouse there, too, if you would just like to sit and observe your surroundings. The park looked different every time I visited. It was particularly packed when the illuminations are long but, knowing the Japanese, it's very systematic and organized as people line up properly to be able to go through the park.
If you live in Tokyo, Rikugien can be easily accessed via train and is a 5 to 10 minute walk from Komagome Station (JR line/ Namboku line). It is open from 9 AM to 5 PM (last entry at 4:30 PM). Once illuminations are up for autumn season, however, the park is open until 9 PM. Surely, lines will be long so it will be best to come early. Entrance fee is 300 yen.