Monday, December 7, 2009
Rikugien is lighting up the gardens for night viewing of the autumn colors. The garden lights up until December 12th, from sunset until 21:00 to provide a dramatic viewing of the red, and golden autumn leaves on the garden. The night illumination also creates spectacular reflections on the central pond.
Rikugien gardens were built in 1702 by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu for the shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, and it has been designated as a special site of exceptional beauty and an important cultural asset by the Government. The gardens are one of the most beautiful gardens in Tokyo.
The small creek in the park is also illuminated to create a flowing river of lights.
The naka no shima or inner island is beautifully illuminated and provided different scenes as you walk through the gardens paths.
This is one of the few gardens where the view is not dominated by Tokyo’s skyscrapers.