Those who have easy access to rivers or oceans may laugh at Japan’s unique tsuribori. But at the manmade fishing pools that lie unexpectedly in the middle of the city, times moves slower, the surroundings are quieter and everyone is at ease. And for those who value convenience, tsuribori are perfect. You don’t need to wake up early and you don’t need to lug a bunch of supplies. You just show up.
Unfortunately, tsuribori are becoming increasingly scarce as the ponds also offer valuable real estate for new condos. But Shurakuen, in the upscale neighborhood of Minami-Azabu, has become the unlikely contender. After more than 80 years it’s still going strong and is a favorite amongst locals to kick back and relax.
3-9-6 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku (Google Map)
8:00 – 16:00
Closed 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month
600 yen per hour (additional 200 yen for pole rental)