Yesterday, I brought you pictures of a beautiful traditional Japanese garden found in the heart of Tokyo. Not too far from Korakuen, though, is another garden also worthy of a stroll.
Rikugien is best for those looking for a beautiful garden to stroll through. It's large enough to spend a long time relaxing, and if crowds aren't too heavy there are places to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch. It's very photogenic but more natural-feeling than the other landscaped gardens I've seen. It is supposed to reproduce 88 scenes from famous poems, and I'm sure they're all there. But they blend perfectly with the other parts of the park for those more interested in just seeing nature. Those with a limited amount of time in Tokyo will probably want to go to Korakuen instead.
To get to the park, take the Yamanote line or Namboku subway to Komagome Station. There are two entrances to the park, but the more-convenient entrance is open only for short periods in spring and fall. Walk south from the train station; the (closed) entrance should be visible very close to the station. Follow the park wall south (to the left) and make a right around the corner; the main gate is down a small side street. Be sure to use the maps located near the train/subway exits to get your bearings. We came in on the Yamanote line and had to follow a strange route to get to the park. The park is open from 9:00 to 5:00, with extended hours in spring and autumn. Admission is 300 yen.