Other than my usual exploration and photographing of derelict places, I made sure I would revisit some of the traditional beauties of Japan during my travel. One of those places was Rikugi-en Garden in Tokyo.
Rikugi-en is often considered Tokyo’s most beautiful Japanese landscape garden alongside Koishikawa Koraku-en. Built around 1700 for the 5th Tokugawa Shogun, Rikugi-en literally means “six poems garden” and reproduces in miniature 88 scenes from famous poems.
The garden became the property of Iwasaki family of Mitsubishi group and was contributed to Tokyo city and opened to the public in 1938. Rikugi-en was appointed as special beauty spot of Japan in 1953.
I was fortunate to experience the garden’s annual evening illumination for when the park’s trees turn red and golden in the autumn night. The view reflects beautifully off the water, creating a magical and unforgettable atmosphere.