Tokyo - Japan (Day 9 Part 2) Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden and World Trade Center

December 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

It is interesting that both Hama Rikyo and Kyu-Shiba Rikyu are so close together and both are great examples of classic traditional Japanese landscape gardens. Kyu-Shiba Rikyu is on a much smaller scale than Hama-Rikyu but it is still a beautiful little oasis in

During the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 all the buildings in the garden were destroyed and were not rebuilt so it is purely a garden. Although it was small in comparison to the previous garden I visited it was still very enjoyable. The features were beautiful and the paths took you around the garden in a winding and interesting manner.

It was easy to take in many different perspectives with the circular trails, small hills and little islands.

I was hungry at this point and wanted to visit the Tokyo World Trade Center building. It was just a few minutes walk from the garden. The trade center sits above Hamamatsucho Station. It was on my list because of the observation deck on the top floor and in the basement there were lots of restaurants. I started with a coffee and a little treat at the St. Marc Cafe.

After my delicious lunch I took the elevator to the 40th floor and took in the amazing views of the city. They already had it decorated for Christmas. It was not the perfect time of day and it was not really sunny but the view was still beautiful to me. I regret I did not visit it at night as I am sure it was spectacular but I knew I would be visiting Tokyo tower so it was okay.

I enjoyed the Christmas spirit here and the friendly staff. After taking in the view it was at last time to make my way to the Hotel to check in. A few last photos and I was on my way.


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