Hamarikyu Gardens

An older couple peacefully sips matcha tea overlooking the peaceful ponds of Hamarikyu Gardens, which have survived since Japan's feudal era. The site was founded as a villa in 1654 by the brother of the shogun Ietsuna, though it only took its current design in the early 1800s.

Unusually, the ponds are seawater, so instead of the usual carp, there can be all kinds of marine species in there. There is a lock system that allows water circulation while keeping the pools inside at a constant level.


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