21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
At any time of year, if you are seeking a little tranquility and peace at the heart of Tokyo, I would highly recommend Rikugien. There are many traditional gardens in the Tokyo area, but Rikugien is my favorite.
“Rikugien” means “Garden of the Six Principles” in classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, and the name reﬂects how the scenery of the garden was inspired by poetry. The garden was completed in 1702, and it is a good example of such a space from the Edo period (1603–1867). The garden presents amazing seasonal landscapes throughout the year, but the cherry blossoms in spring and changing of the colors in autumn are particularly lovely. Visitors should certainly cross Togetsukyo, which is a bridge that is made up of two large stone slabs. Special illumination events are also held in the garden.
When I go to Rikugien, I like taking a break in its teahouse. I drink matcha (powdered green tea) with confections and savor that quiet time within the big city. Rikugien is a great place to escape the fast pace of Tokyo life.
Name: Chen Li Yun (Anita)
ADDRESS: 6-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ACCESS: 7-minute walk from Komagome Station (JR Yamanote and Tokyo Metro Namboku lines)