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[Tokyo] Hibiya Park (日比谷公園): Where Japanese History and Natural Beauty Unite

A Captivating Oasis Known for Japanese Culture and History

Hibiya Park is an exquisite verdant space nestled in the center of the city that offers a captivating glimpse into Japanese culture and history, with a rich history dating back centuries.

Having served as a military training ground and the dwelling of feudal lords, Hibiya Park was established in 1903 as Japan’s premier Western-style park and currently spans an impressive 40 acres of lush greenery, including a picturesque rose garden, two Western-style flower gardens, and a pond enveloped by cherry blossom and ginkgo trees.

However, Hibiya Park is more than just an aesthetically pleasing location for a leisurely walk. Visitors can bask in the beauty of the stunning Gothic-style Shisei Kaikan building, which previously housed the Domei Tsushin state wire service. One should not overlook the Risky Ginkgo tree, either – this 500-year-old tree nearly jeopardized the park’s designer’s job when he fought to preserve it in 1901! Music enthusiasts will also be delighted by the Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall, which holds various concerts and events throughout the year.

With an abundance of sightseeing and leisure opportunities, it is no surprise that both locals and tourists flock to Hibiya Park. From cherry blossom viewing to Oktoberfest and the Hibiya Gardening Show, there is always something happening here. And reaching there is incredibly convenient – one can simply take the Tokyo Metro or Toei Mita Line to Kasumigaseki or Hibiya Station, or walk from JR Yurakucho Station for approximately eight minutes. Best of all, admission to this lush oasis is free (with some exceptions).

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