The tea house at Hamarikyu.
The combination of sakura and buildings seems to be a nice contrast.
The scenery from inside the Hamarikyu Gardens is quite exquisite. The combination of nature and city landscapes come together well.
One of the structures in the park that date back many years.
Great architecture, tiles and woodwork.
Such great colors at this time of year. The pathways were comfortable to walk on, but also had a natural feel of gravel under foot.
These apartments located between Hamamatsucho and Shinbashi have a great view of Hamarikyu, but they are also wedged between the highway and the train lines. Could be a little bit noisy.
Looking back from the park at the apartments through sakura leaves.
The sakura looked very happy bathing in the full sunshine.
A classic Hamarikyu scene. Beautiful tree colors, a traditional bridge crossing the pond and the modern city in the background.
What a wonderful way to spend the day, having a picnic under the sakura trees at Hamarikyu.
A bird takes flight from the main pond at Hamarikyu gardens.
This bridge leading to the tea house was very popular for people to stroll across and enjoy the views.
One of the tiny hills in the park which are set up to give a different perspective of the surrounds. Loved the green in the background of this photo.
This scene reminded more of Kyoto than Tokyo. The black sun-shade umbrella in the foreground, the blended pink of the tree in the back and the gravel path.
The tea house where you can experience the traditional Japanese tea ceremony for Yen 500.
The far side of the park leads to the water and beyond to Tokyo Bay.
A mixture of pink and white makes these flowers stand out.
A little bit of bokeh on these sakura.
Another of the bridges within the park. Notice the buildings in the background. The city is close.
The lights, signboards and bridges are all made out of natural wood, given the park a relaxed feeling.
There are plenty of different birds within the Hamarikyu grounds.
Tokyo Tower and Roppongi Hills featuring on the skyline.
The light blue glass sits nicely against this pink sakura.
There are a number of these mystery gates in the park. They were created in 1778 and were designed for duck hunting.
The view through the nozoki hole for watching the ducks as they were lured into the nets.
Just wonderful weather to enjoy the gardens today.
A peaceful scene down by the waters edge.
The bridges looked great with their curves.
Nice reflections and coloring in the water.
When the wind blew, the sakura started to fall from the trees.
Sakura in the sunlight.
These salarymen looked like they were deep in thought about something. What a great place to escape to do some planning for work whilst waiting for the next meeting.
Sakura in full bloom.
A sumo rikishi out on a date enjoying the sakura.
A great scene in the park.
One of the wooden lights along the pathway.
Otsutaibashi crossing to the tea house.
This was just a snap, but I liked how it turned out. I should have taken a few more shots and planned it a bit better. Looking out from the tea house over the garden to the city.
Inside the tea rooms. With the dash of red color, Kyoto seemed to be beckoning me.
Water, gardens and buildings.
The Conrad hotel at Shiodome gets a wonderful view of the park.
Hamarikyu Gardens, this way
Entrance to Hamarikyu. It is 300 Yen to go inside.
This was a wonderful park to visit on a beautiful sunny day. I had difficulty narrowing the photos down to around 35-40 pics. The collection started out at 300 photos, and I uploaded about 100 to flickr. Getting that 100 down to the ones on this page was tough. Hope you enjoyed them.
Have you ever been to Hamarikyu yourself?
Wallpaper: I have uploaded wallpaper at 1920px for these shots and some more to flickr.