As parks or gardens or what not goes, I understand why Hamarikyu is one of the best loved gardens in Tokyo. The space is gigantic, with five or so ponds scattered about, with multiple bridges, wisteria trellises, a flower garden, 300-year old pine, and plenty of seating. It's a good place to relax, albeit you can still see the tall buildings behind all those trees, i think it just adds to the feeling of a green haven.
my favourite Japanese garden in Tokyo.
I like to take a water bus from Asakusa and arrive at Hamarikyu Japanese garden ( they will arrive at inside the park, so entrance fee is free!) The garden is so adorable. good size and you can see typical image of Japanese garden. I like to go the Japanese tea room, they serve you a macha ( strong green tea) and Japanese sweet. It is quite casual so you do not need to follow strict rule for drinking green tea( original one is quite strict for form) It is also very quiet place though it is middle of Tokyo.
If you want to go a Japanese garden in Tokyo, I recommend visitng there! Just perfect!
As with many Tokyo gardens, the busy Shiodome fade away quickly as you enter Hamarikru, while the skyscrapers are still visible along the skyline. As a busy college student, a never had much interest in gardens and parks in the US, but I find that I really enjoy a leisurely stroll on the weekends in Tokyo - it's a nice break from the constant noise and train-catching during the weekdays. Hamarikru has pretty much all you would want in a garden. It borders the bay on one side, where the Tokugawa families used to have a boat landing, and is dotted with miniature forests, hills, a shrine, marshlands, and even a tea house in the middle of a pond. A good place to take the kids or just the adults, Hamariku is seldom crowded, apart from occasional groups of elderly Japanese. There's also small concession stand in the middle of the garden.
The pond in the middle of the garden is attached to the ocean, creating a tidal marsh in certain parts of the garden. There's quite a diversity of environment.
Entrance fee is 210 yen for adults.
The tea house, used by the Tokugawa family to entertain guests, costs 500 yen for traditional matcha and a small dessert. There is a simple English menu at the door.
Overall my experience was very positive. I'd definitely go back again if I need a break from Tokyo, or if I wanted to walk and talk with friends.