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.
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.)