Having guests in town is always a great reason to go exploring. My parents wanted to see a Japanese garden, so I ran through the list of gardens I was familiar with. The problem was that they were all a little tricky to get to with 2 little kids in tow.
Rikugien ("six poems garden") Garden in Tokyo looked like the easiest one to get to, so off we went. I don't know why it took me so long to discover this place. It's one of the most beautiful gardens I've ever seen.
The garden is about a 3 minute walk from Komagome station on the JR Yamanote line.
There are several teahouses where you can sit and take a break while taking in the scenery.
I can't wait to get back here in the spring, but if we get a little snow this winter, I'd like to make another trip sooner.