Say the word “Tokyo” and “nature” may not spring to mind—yet the city has plenty of lush parks and gardens that offer respite from the salarymen-packed streets and neon-overloaded buildings. One particular gem of the Edo period (dating back to 1654) is Hamarikyu Gardens, conveniently located on the Conrad Tokyo’s doorstep. The historic Japanese gardens, perfectly pruned to showcase seasonal trees and blooms, checks all the green boxes with its landscaped grounds, forests, ponds, wooden bridges, moat, and tea ceremony house.
Overlooking the Conrad Tokyo, the main entrance to the gardens is on Shin-Ohashi Dori opposite the Bellesalle conference centre - a grey skyscraper. There are two more pedestrian entrances along Inner Circular Route with short bridges crossing the moat.
HAMARIKYU GARDENS: 1-1 Hamarikyuteien, Chuo-ku; +81-(0)3-3541-0200; teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/hama-rikyu/outline.html