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Hamarikyu Gardens

  Apr 11th, 2010

Hamarikyu is a public garden in Tokyo that is within waking distance of Shinbashi or Hamamatscho Station on the Yamanote Line. Inside the gardens you can enjoy a green tea ceremony for a fee of 500 yen. The garden has many different types of birds and fish with beautiful flowers.

The tea house at Hamarikyu.

The tea house at Hamarikyu.

The combination of sakura and buildings seems to be a nice contrast.

The combination of sakura and buildings seems to be a nice contrast.

Hamarikyu, Shiodome

The scenery from inside the Hamarikyu Gardens is quite exquisite. The combination of nature and city landscapes come together well.

One of the many structures in the park that date back many years.

One of the structures in the park that date back many years.

Great architecture, tiles and woodwork.

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.

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.

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.

Looking back from the park at the apartments through sakura leaves.

The sakura looked very happy bathing in the full sunshine.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 mixture of pink and white makes these flowers stand out.

A little bit of bokeh on these sakura.

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.

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.

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.

There are plenty of different birds within the Hamarikyu grounds.

Tokyo Tower and Roppongi Hills featuring on the skyline.

Tokyo Tower and Roppongi Hills featuring on the skyline.

The light blue glass sits nicely against this pink sakura.

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.

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.

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.

Just wonderful weather to enjoy the gardens today.

A peaceful scene down by the waters edge.

A peaceful scene down by the waters edge.

The bridges looked great with their curves.

The bridges looked great with their curves.

Nice reflections and coloring in the water.

Nice reflections and coloring in the water.

When the wind blew, the sakura started to fall from the trees.

When the wind blew, the sakura started to fall from the trees.

Sakura in the sunlight.

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.

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.

Sakura in full bloom.

A sumo rikishi out on a date enjoying the sakura.

A sumo rikishi out on a date enjoying the sakura.

A great scene in the park.

A great scene in the park.

One of the wooden lights along the pathway.

One of the wooden lights along the pathway.

Otsutaibashi crossing to the tea house.

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.

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.

Inside the tea rooms. With the dash of red color, Kyoto seemed to be beckoning me.

Water, gardens and buildings.

Water, gardens and buildings.

The Conrad hotel at Shiodome gets a wonderful view of the park.

The Conrad hotel at Shiodome gets a wonderful view of the park.

Hamarikyu Gardens, this way

Hamarikyu Gardens, this way

Entrance to Hamarikyu. It is 300 Yen to go inside.

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.

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22 thoughts on “Hamarikyu Gardens”

  1. whipcracker says:

    @Shibuya246: Hamarikyu Gardens, Japan Photo-Post http://bt.io/EsH6 A great way to start my Sunday morning,w/a walk in the park. A great time of the year to start or end your day. A blending of the city in the background,w/the peaceful, tranquil setting of the Sakura in full bloom. Yes I think it’s time for a visit back to Kyoto. Those were some awesome photos you took of that also.. Where has the time gone? Seems like only yesterday you were there. I think Kimonobox was there at the same time,.
    Well it’s Sunday night there. Sunday morning here in Texas.
    Have a great week coming up, and the next Conbini post will be at our doorstep before you know it. 🙂
    Ja ne

    1. shibuya246 says:

      Thanks. Yes, it is probably time for a trip down to Tokyo on the Shinkansen. Time to get the calendar out and pencil in some dates.

  2. lithiumangel says:

    Can’t say i’ve been to this garden myself; there’s too many nice gardens in and around Tokyo 🙂
    Great pics, looks like a wonderful day !

  3. Gorgeous shots!
    すばらしい!

  4. perdomot says:

    Fabulous dude! I plan on going there in a couple of weeks and trying out the tea ceremony. I’m assuming you did it so how was the tea and sweets?

  5. santa says:

    Very Nice photos Alan!.. I will go on day.. It s look like a very nice place !

  6. Andrea Watt says:

    i just adore this stonework…it invites you up the hill.

    1. shibuya246 says:

      It sure does. They were only tiny hills, but had a lot of character.

  7. Andrea Watt says:

    I love the colours in photo #30 and the photo of the bird taking flight. It looks like you had a fabulous day and thanks so much for sharing.

  8. fykick says:

    Gorgeous pictures as always. 🙂
    Speaking of tea, have you ever been to a tea ceremony?
    I took some lessons when I was in Japan and I totally fell in love with it.

    Was the macha at the tea house served together with some okashi?

    1. shibuya246 says:

      indeed the tea came with Japanese wagashi

  9. Sparralegs says:

    Have been following your photos for awhile now and after seeing these must comment that they are just stunning. I was in Japan last year for my sons wedding and fell in love with the country. He is back in Australia now with his lovely wife (our new Japanese Daughter in-law) but I must admit after seeing photos like these it almost makes me home sick for Japan.

    1. shibuya246 says:

      Thank you. So glad you could enjoy them. It is great to visit these places and then be able to relive the memories later by going through the photos. 🙂 I will probably be in Australia for 1 week at the end of this month. Gold Coast.

  10. notyetalotus says:

    The blooming sakura is just beautiful. I just love it. Thanks for sharing your photos, you are awesome.

  11. johnkent says:

    Wow, Tokyo is so industrial but beautiful at the same time.

    Shot Some very nice scenery. Really beautiful.

    Keep it up!

  12. Mali says:

    wow all of your pics always have sooo much power!! i really enjoy watching them, make memories coming back <3

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