Escaping Tokyo’s hustle and bustle.
The Hama Rikyu Garden just might be the highlight of my Tokyo trip. Tokyo is basically a concrete jungle so it was a refreshing change to be able to have a peaceful walk around the gardens. We even had matcha and some Japanese desserts served in a tea-ceremony style at the tea house located in the middle of the pond. Was a little too formal for our taste though as we had instructions on how to eat and drink them the right way. Still a good cultural experience nonetheless.
Please also be aware that you are required to take your shoes off at the tea house and place them in the lockers provided. Only thing i found frustrating (and might have blew some steam whoops) was the fact that there weren’t any benches for you to put your shoes on. I got a little frustrated that i just decided to heck it and walked barefooted on the gravel all the way out their main entrance, got a couple of stares along the way, and put my shoes on while balancing on a boulder.
Even though the garden is located right opposite the Tsukiji Fish Market, we got so carried away with shooting that by the time we went to the fish market, everything was already closed. Felt a little wasted as we didn’t get to see the action that everyone always raves about.
Ah well, another trip – definitely.
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