Built around 1700, Rikugien is often considered Tokyo’s most beautiful Japanese landscape garden alongside Koishikawa Korakuen. The garden is a good example of an Edo Period strolling garden and features a large central pond surrounded by man-made hills and forested areas, all connected by a network of trails. Rikugien is quite spacious, and it takes about an hour to cover the garden’s entire network of walking paths at a leisurely speed. The trails wind around the gardens, through forests and open lawns, and leads to several tea houses which are open to the public. Fukiage Chaya teahouse along the pond’s northwestern shore is a nice place to take a rest and have some tea.