The ride past Hamamatsucho was the original inspiration for me to visit all 29 stops on the JR Yamanote Line. I can’t remember where it was I was going, but on route through this station I saw scenes I hadn’t previously seen so today I was off to explore in greater detail.

Right next door to the station was the Kyu-Shiba Rikyu Gardens and for 150 yen you can spend all day there if you like.

“The focal point of the garden is the large pond, Sensui, which like Hama Rikyu’s pond still is, was once filled with seawater from Edo Bay by means of a inlet, that can still be seen.

Nowadays the lake is freshwater and contains a number of islands, rock formations and massive carp”  - Japan Visitor

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