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六義園 Rikugien Rikugi-en Garden

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Rikugi-en is a public garden in Hon-Komagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo. The garden was built by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, a famous soba-yonin (chamberlain) of the fifth Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, as his villa in 1702. It is said that he himself designed and directed the construction work that took 7 years. This garden is a typical Kaiyu-style garden (pond stroll garden) featured with a pond, artificial hills and rocks. Its delicate and elegant features reflect Yoshiyasu’s deep knowledge in literature. Rikugi-en Garden has been counted as one of the two excellent gardens of the Edo period together with Koishikawa Koraku-en. The garden became the property of Iwasaki family of Mitsubishi group and was contributed to Tokyo city and opened to the public in 1938.
From the top of Fujishiro Nek at 35 m above sea level, you can command a panoramic view of the whole garden. There are also a lot of places of interest such as Tsutsuji Chaya (azalea tea house), Sasakani-no-michi (promenade), Togetsukyo Bridge, Takimi-no-Chaya (waterfall viewing tea house), Horai Island, Deshio-no-minato (cove), Imo-yama (hill) and Se-yama (hill). Rikugi-en Garden is an oasis in the heart of the metropolis.
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