[The Place of Tokyo's Autumn Foliage Spot and the Place Name Not Shown on Maps]
"Rikugien" (六義園) is one of the best spots for autumn foliage in Tokyo. Rikugien, one of the two major gardens in Edo, is a metropolitan garden located in Hon-Komagome, Bunkyo-ku, and was built by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, an official of Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, the fifth shogun of the Edo shogunate. In 1878, Yataro Iwasaki, the founder of Mitsubishi Zaibatsu, purchased the garden, and in 1938, Hisaya Iwasaki III donated it to the City of Tokyo for the purpose of "preserving Rikugien in perpetuity" and "opening it to the general public." The garden is illuminated during the beautiful season of autumn leaves and is open at night for special viewing.
Here is the outside of the garden. The garden is surrounded by a quaint brick wall, and a park with playground equipment and a field used for tournaments are adjacent to the garden, making it a place for community interaction. The residential area surrounding the west side of Rikugien is called "Yamatomura" (大和郷), a high-end residential area well known by those in the know in Tokyo. In one corner is Yamatomura Kindergarten, where Her Majesty the Empress Emerita Michiko attended. Yamatomura is a place name that does not appear on maps, but it is said that the aforementioned Yanagisawa family used Rikugien as their residence after they moved to Yamatokoriyama, and the name Yamatomura remained.
It is also a familiar autumn foliage spot in Tokyo. When you visit, you can walk around the outside of the wall.