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Bridge to Hama-rikyu Onshi Teien Gardens
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Bridge to Hama-rikyu Gardens. Guests staying at the Enryokan State Guesthouse during the 19th century would cross this bridge.
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Moat with Tsukijigawa River
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Moat
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Entrance to Hama-rikyu Onshi Gardens
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Entrance to Hama-rikyu Onshi Gardens
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Marker indicating the garden as a sightseeing spot and Special Historic Site.
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Map of Hama-rikyu Gardens
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Huge 300-year-old pine tree
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300-year-old pine tree
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300-year-old pine tree
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Side view of 300-year-old pine tree
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Site of the Enryokan State Guesthouse. Built in May 1869, it was Japan's first Western-style building made of stone. It served as an office of the Japanese navy before it was refitted as guest house. 延遼館
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Site of the Enryokan State Guesthouse. Former U.S. President Ulysses Grant and his wife stayed there for two months in 1879 during their world tour. Hawaii's King Kalakaua also stayed here in 1881. He traveled by horse carriage to meet Emperor Meiji.
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The U-shaped Enryokan was used as a guest house until 1883 when the new Rokumeikan 鹿鳴館 guest house was completed. Due to old age, the Enryokan was torn down in 1889. Many new Shiodome skyscrapers loom over the site.
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Site of the Enryokan State Guesthouse.
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Walking through the Enryokan site, now dotted with pine trees.
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Many pine trees in the garden
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Gingko tree and pine tree in autumn
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Gingko tree in autumn
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Gingko tree and pine tree in autumn
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English explanation for yuki-zuri which are those strings propping up the pine tree branches as a countermeasure against snow.
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A small garden and little stream which was behind the Enryokan State Guesthouse.
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Another entrance
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This was the entrance and bridge which the Emperor passed through when visiting the garden.
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Another entrance
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Shiori-no-Ike Pond
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Shiori-no-Ike Pond with ducks. This is a tidal pond.
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Otsutaibashi Bridge over the pond.
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Pine trees along the shore
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Otsutaibashi Bridge
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Straw band wrapped around the pine tree trunk to catch bugs crawling on the trunk.
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Nakajima-no-Ochaya Tea House on the small island in the pond.
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Nakajima-no-Ochaya Tea House
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Nakajima-no-Ochaya Tea House
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The garden would look better without all these skyscrapers in the background.
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Shiodome skyscrapers overwhelm the little tea house
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Tea house, pond, and pine tree
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Duck-hunting wall
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Tiny slits to look at the ducks
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Duck hunting gutter
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Former boat landing for the shogun
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Sightseeing boat pier
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Camellias
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Camellias
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Camellia
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Plum blossoms
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Plum blossoms
   
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