Lighting of the majestic weeping cherry tree 2018
21 March – 5 April 2018
Located in the quiet and upscale residential area of Komagome, Rikugi-en is one of the “daimyo” (feudal lord) gardens created during the Edo era. Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa, an advisor of the fifth Tokugawa shogun Tsunayosi, designed it to express the universe of waka (Japanese poetry).
Cherry blossoms at Rikugi-en Garden
In this spacious garden of about 87,810 square meters, there are 40 cherry trees. One of them is a big weeping cherry (shidare-zakura) of about 15 meters high and 20 meters in diameter.
Elegant and majestic, it is a symbolic tree of the garden. The weeping cherry tree shows its graceful figure to please many visitors in the sunshine and also at night when it is lit up in the blossom season.
© Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association
During the lighting event, the garden will be specially open until 9 pm. The Somei Gate, located 2 min walk from JR Komagome Station, will also be opened.
Lastly, do not forget to drop by one of the two tea houses. You can have a bowl of matcha tea with a piece of Japanese cake (wagashi), while taking in the view of the garden’s landscape (fees for food and drink extra).
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