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Asukayama Park – Japan’s First

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on June 21, 2011

One sunny afternoon in April I went to see Asukayama Park in Tokyo’s northern Kita Ward. Opened in 1873 it ranks as the first public park in Japan. Emperor Meiji, who is largely responsible for the modernization of Japan decreed that the former gardens belonging to the Shogun would be made a park in the western manner. A very fitting move considering that the park originated as a cherry tree planting ground in 1720, giving Asukayama park some of the oldest and most developed cherry trees in the country. I should have taken some shots to compare as you can’t see it well, but the last photo shows the comparatively huge cherry blossoms of the trees in this park, quite unlike the cherry trees in other Tokyo parks.

When I visited I used the beautiful old tram line (one of the last running in central Tokyo), the Arakawa Toden to get there, an adventure in itself! The park is also easily accessible from JR Oji station or by Metro on the Namboku Line. From Oji station there is also a newly inaugurated cable car service to make it even easier to ascend the park which is located on top of a small mountain (this mountain holds the distinction of comming second in the battle for the title of the lowest mountain in Tokyo at about 26m. Useful info indeed for trivia buffs (incidentally the lowest mountain in Tokyo is Atagoyama in Minato Ward at just over 25m).

In April with the cherry blossoms in full bloom the park was full of people enjoying a day in the sun, and there was a botanical fair as well, selling beautiful Succulent plants (fat plants). I should have gotten more pictures!




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  1. Timi said, on June 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    The train is pretty cute, and I want some of those plants there, they would look good among the ones I have here 😀
    Also I wish I could go to that park :/ Well, I have a botanical garden next to my university 😀 I just go out on the door and I’m there, so I can compensate with that ^_^;

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    • tokyobling said, on July 7, 2011 at 5:22 am

      Timi, you are lucky! I love botanical gardens. When I retire I will just go to one near my house, bring a lawn chair and just breath! Every day! Yes the train is pretty cute, but so slow…! Otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to snap that photo (^-^)

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  2. rawemotionalwriter said, on June 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Don’t beat yourself up. The photos you have taking to share with us are beautiful and it says a lot. I love photos with people. I love to take natural shots as things are happening than asking people to pose for it. Also I the cactus selections are nice. My thumbs are black and not green. Sometimes I feel like everything I grow dies. It grows out of the grown reach a certain height than dies. I think one day I will just do all cactus plants.

    P.S. I love cherry blossoms also. Even more when it slowly falls apart when your underneath it.

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    • tokyobling said, on July 7, 2011 at 5:36 am

      Thanks! My thumbs are like yours, but actually even cactii is difficult for me… (^-^;)

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