Hama Detached Palace Garden


Situated where the Sumida River empties into Tokyo Bay, this 25-hectare (62-acre) garden was built in 1654 as a retreat for the shogun’s family, who also hunted duck here. America’s President Ulysses S. Grant stayed in a villa in the gardens during his visit in 1879 and sipped green tea with Emperor Meiji in Nakajima teahouse.

The garden grounds surrounding the duck ponds are still a pleasant, uncrowded place to stroll and sit. All of the original teahouses and villas, trees, and vegetation burned down after a bombing raid on November 29, 1944.

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Nakajima teahouse has been faithfully rebuilt, appearing to float over the large pond. Green tea and Japanese sweets are available here.

Hama Detached Palace Garden 

Map 5 B4. Tel (03) 3541-0200.

Shiodome stn, Oedo line.

£ Shinbashi stn, Yamanote line.

4 see Sumida River Trip.

# 9am–5pm. (Last adm 30 mins before closing.)

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