Posted: April 14, 2013 in Japan
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Hama Rikyu Garden

Hama Rikyu is a large garden located in Tokyo. It’s a nice place to just walk around and spend time. Getting there is quite easy. It’s very close to the JR Shimbashi station. It takes about 10 minutes by walk from the station to the Park. The nearest entrance is the Otemon Gate. Admission to the garden is 300 Yen. There is nothing specific to really see in the garden but the environment is really nice as the surrounding area is full of huge buildings but the garden is green and peaceful. There are a number of small ponds in the garden.


Hama Rikyu Garden

There is a tea house somewhere in the middle called ‘Nakajima no ochaya’. It’s really beautiful to see the reflection of the trees in pond from here. If interested you can also go for a boat ride from the garden. One way to Asakusa costs 720 Yen. You can also do a round trip back to the garden for around 1300 Yen. I didn’t go for the boat ride that day as I had planned to go to the Rainbow Bridge afterwards.

Boat House

Nakajima no ochaya

The Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge is an iconic structure in Tokyo. It crosses the northern Tokyo Bay between Shibaura Pier and Odaiba. It’s a nice walk across the bridge and there are amazing views on either side. To get to the bridge you can walk from the Tamachi station. It’s almost a straight walk of about 15-20 minutes from the station to the Shibaura anchorage of the bridge. From here you can take an elevator to the 7th floor. Admission is free to walk across the bridge. You’ll have to decide which side of the bridge you want to see. The north side has the Tokyo tower, sky tree and many skyscrapers. The south side has many shipping yards and you could see Mt. Fuji on a clear day. I walked on the north side both while going and coming back.

Bridge - Sun

The Rainbow Bridge

The span of the bridge is 798 metres but the actual walk to the other side of the bridge is almost two kilometres. Once you reach the odaiba side of the bridge there is a small garden where you can sit and relax for a bit before walking back. I went at around 5 PM so by the time I walked back it was around 7. The view of Tokyo city in the night is absolutely amazing. The lights in the buildings and the Tokyo tower are brilliant in the night. I think I’m quite privileged to live in this city.

Tokyo Tower from Rainbow Bridge

Tokyo Tower from Rainbow Bridge

Though I tried really hard I couldn’t get a single good photo of the night view of the city. My camera simply didn’t have it in it. But I got one decent photo of the Tokyo tower before sunset. It was also nice to see the boats and small ships that wandered the Tokyo bay.


Boat in the Tokyo Bay



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