The site became a Tokugawa shogun's summer villa in 1704 and was only named Hama Rikyu in the Meiji era. This extensive stroll garden is located on the edge of Tokyo Bay and includes the only tidal pond in Tokyo, shiori-no-ike, as well as several pruned pines of exceptional beauty and a peony garden. One of the pines is over 300 years old and is said to have been planted by Tokugawa Ienobu himself. The Nakajima Island is connected to the Konoji-shima island by a bridge. A tea house, Nakajima-no-chaya, is located on this central island and offers some terrific views.
The garden is a 15 minute walk from Shimbashi Station. It is very close to the Shiba Rikyu palace.
And the pine trees on Tortoise Hill
Reflected in the clear waters
Of the palace pond