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Wadakura Fountain Park – 和田倉噴水公園

Posted in Places by tokyobling on December 8, 2011

Here’s one of my favorite places in Tokyo, the Wadakura Fountain Park (和田倉噴水公園), in Marunouchi just to the side of the Imperial Palace. The park forms a corner of the Imperial Outer Gardens at it was inaugurated as a public park in 1961 in honor of the Crown Prince’s, HRH Akihito, wedding. HRH Akihito is now known as Emperor Heisei. The spectacular fountains were inaugurated in 1995 and reaches a height of 8.5m. They are beautifully lit up at night and thanks to this 15 000 square meter piece of land being hidden in a pocket between two moats and a busy four lane street it is usually very empty of people, one of the hidden treasures of Tokyo despite the gorgeous restaurant just next to the fountain. I don’t think many people in Tokyo has ever heard of this place or even visited it. On the day of the big earthquake in March the fountains were turned off and didn’t come on again until last month so I have made sure to visit a couple of times since then just to enjoy the beautiful evenings there. The name Wadakura is a bit of a mystery, some scholars think that it is the name of a small village located on this spot in the late 16th century when plans were made to build the new city of Edo.







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  1. andy1076 said, on December 8, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Is that actually someone crossing the fountain or a statue? wow i want to go there just after looking at these pictures 😀

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    • tokyobling said, on December 8, 2011 at 8:51 am

      Yes, I was lucky and waited for her to cross in front of the light. (^-^;)

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  2. Emma Reese said, on December 8, 2011 at 4:23 am

    This gorgeous fountain park is a hidden treasure? Of course I’ve never heard of it either but it seems wasteful that not too many people know about it, yet it’s nice that you can visit there without being in a crowd. Mmmmm, dilemma. Anyway these night photos are fantastic! The fountain is performing an exquisite show.

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    • tokyobling said, on December 8, 2011 at 8:51 am

      Every city needs hidden treasures, and we’re blessed here in Tokyo, there are just so many of them!

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  3. zoomingjapan said, on December 8, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Wow! Great combination with the clouds, the dark sky and the fountains and lights!!

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    • tokyobling said, on December 8, 2011 at 8:52 am

      Thanks! Glad you like the photo! (^-^)

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  4. Sven said, on December 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I like this place a lot! Took several photos of it in the summer of this year.

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    • tokyobling said, on December 9, 2011 at 4:26 am

      Thank you Sven! I’m glad I am not the only to have discovered it! (^-^)

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  5. Tikalio fountains said, on December 9, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Very nice pics. As a fountain professional I can only say “Bravo” !
    Nice to have some explanations about it though.

    Thanks,

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    • tokyobling said, on December 9, 2011 at 5:19 am

      Thanks! I love this fountain. Well, I love all fountains but the bigger the better really.

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  6. dafarmer said, on December 9, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I went to the Emperor’s palace when I was a teenager but I never saw that park. We didn’t spend that much time there though. I think we just went because it was Golden Week and the tour group wanted to show us all the huge tourist places in Tokyo. I love the third shot!

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