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  • Parks, Yards, Gardens and Squares
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  • Parks, Yards, Gardens and Squares
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    The Home of General Nogi Maresuke, Nogizaka Stn

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 21, 2015

    General Nogi Maresuke was a famous Japanese general who fought for the Emperor during the samurai rebellions (1877) and also in the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895), where he led Japanese forces in the successful attack on Port Arther and the invasion of Taiwan. He commanded some 95,000 men in the Third Army in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), and he led the siege of Port Arthur and the Battle of Mukden.

    At the end of the Russo-Japanese War, it is said that General Nogi apologized to the Emperor for the large loss of life among the Japanese forces under his command, and he requested permission to take his own life. The Emperor refused the request, ordering Nogi to live at least as long as the Emperor. In 1912, shortly after the Meiji Emperor passed away, Nogi and his wife committed seppuku, following his master to the grave in traditional samurai style. Nogi and his family are buried in Aoyama Cemetery in Roppongi, near his home.

    The residence of General Nogi was built in 1902, and he and his wife lived here until they died in 1912. He built the house in the simple French army style that General Nogi saw during his time in Germany earlier in his life. The grounds include stables, built in 1889. Both of these buildings survived earthquakes and wars that have otherwise devastated the city. At the rear of the property is a Shinto Shrine dedicated to General Nogi.

    The house is open to the public only on 12 and 13 September each year, but the beautiful and tranquil grounds are open to the public daily.

    The house is near Nogizaka Station.

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    Todoroki Gorge Park

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jan 6, 2015

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    Todoroki Gorge is a small park along the banks of a narrow stream that flows through a deep ravine. The park runs under two bridges and it has a small Shinto shrine along the banks of the flowing water.

    We stopped here on New Years Day, and despite the cold, windy weather, the park was fairly busy, and the small shrine on the water had a few visitors. The Todorokifudo Shrine on the east side of the ravine was packed with people visiting the shrine for the first time in the new year.

    Todoroki Gorge is a 5 minute walk from Todoroki Station on the Tokyu Oimachi Line.

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    Musashi Kokubunji Park

    by Ewingjr98 Written Jan 2, 2015

    Mushashi-Kokubunki Park, located in the Kokubunji area of western Tokyo, is a large park that features open spaces, picnic areas, water features, and some wooded areas. The park was created in 2002, after the closure of a facility of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (before it merged with others to become the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications) and the demolition of a former Japan National Railways school.

    The park is a historic area, due to the discovery and preservation of prehistoric artifacts found on the site. Nearby the park are the ruins of the Musashi Kokubun-ji temple, which was constructed in the 1400s.

    Address: Izumi-cho 2-chome, Nishi-Motomachi 1-chome, Kokubunji City

    Directions: Located about 10-15 minutes from either Kokubunji Station or Nishi-Kokubunji Station.

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    Ueno Zoo.

    by kdoc13 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Ueno Zoo is just like most every other metropolitan zoo. The calling card for this one though is its Panda Bears. The panda's are pretty cool to look at, and there are a few other animals which I didn't see in the usual American zoo's.

    The hardest part about going to the zoo is getting there. I was lucky and a co-worker drove me. Ueno is on the East side of Tokyo and a bit away from everything, so a Taxi can be expensive. The best bet is to take the subway to the Asakusa station and either make the long walk, or get a taxi from there.

    A map of the Zoo, good thing there are pictures.

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    Inokashira Park: Fun in Kichijoji

    by AKtravelers Updated Dec 9, 2009

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    On weekends, a great local thing to do is wander around Inokashira Park, just a short walk through the pedestrian only streets of Kachijoji. Here, musicians play, painters paint and artisans hawk their wares while crowds of locals enjoy the lake, stroll with their dogs or just hang out. Think of it as a minor league version of Yoyogi Park. My first visit here happened to coincide with the last of the Japanese the Japanese maples turning colors. First I checked out the vendors and buskers, then I marveled at the crowd of paddle boats on the small lake (or pond) and then I stumbled onto a small temple, showing off its best side amidst the autumn leaves. THe highlight was a duo of buskers consisting of an old weathered man playing '50's and '60's blues/rock with a 3-year-old boy on a fake guitar mimicking his every move. They were hysterical!
    ... The area between the Kichijoji JR station and the park is equally interesting, filled with small stores, cafes and restaurants. I ate lunch at a small Thai place whose powerful basil chicken seared my insides!
    ... Kichijoji is just west of Shinjuku on the JR Chuo line. Take the park exit.

    Boy and man busk at Inokashira Park Leaves change The lake overcrowded with paddle boats The temple at the end of the lake Artist painting the changing trees.
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    Kitanomaru Park

    by clarelim Written Jul 31, 2007

    Visit the 'Nippon Budokan' at the Kitanomaru park! Used to be a stadium that holds 14,000 people, used for Judo in the 1964 Summer Olympics and now used as a venue to host the Pro wrestling NOAH and world famous acts like Deep Purple, The Smashing pumpkins, Dreamtheatre, just to name a few. In February, you could see the sakura bloom there in the park.. good for photographers or just people looking for peace and quietness amidst this busy city.

    Free entry, take either the Shinjuku, Hanzomon or Tozai Line to Kudanshita Station.

    Entrance of Kitanomaru park

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    Rinshi no Mori Park in Meguro-ku

    by sagamigal Written Dec 17, 2006

    This is a beautiful park in the middle of Meguro Ward, Tokyo. There are bicycle paths and walking paths and maps of the indigenous flora and fauna in the area. You can also relax by the pond! It's a 10-minute bus ride from Meguro station. Just get off at Meguro-Youbin-Kyoku (Meguro Post Office) busstop and cross Meguro-dori (avenue). Walk along the tree-lined street for about 15minutes then turn left before Musashi-Koyama station. You'll also see tiles on the ground written in Japanese that read 'rinshinomori'

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    • Birdwatching
    • National/State Park

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    Blossoms in the Snow

    by misscabbage Written Aug 5, 2005

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    Buried in Ueno park is the elusive botan (peony) garden, where equally elusive winter peonies peek up from the ground during the cold winter months, sheltered by straw coned houses. Photographers love this moment. Check around to find out when they'll be in bloom, usually in February, although many people may not know about them. It's hardly worth planning a trip to Tokyo for in February when the rest of Ueno is friggid, but if you're in town during the month, it's definately one of the surprise treats of the city.

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
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    Hama Rikyo Garden

    by rugbyspark Written Jun 17, 2004

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    You should try to visit the Hama Detached Palace Garden (Hama Rikyu) if you go to Tokyo. It's a vast garden on Tokyo Bay with a salt water pond (tidal pond, the water rises and falls with the tide of the ocean - rare type of pond in Japan, I think one of the last ones left), an attractive tea house where you can have some matcha tea (whisked green tea) and some sweets for about $6, some flower beds, and a ferry terminal that will get you up the Sumida River to Asakusa.

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    Hama Rikyu Garden

    by rugbyspark Written Jun 17, 2004

    You should try to visit the Hama Detached Palace Garden (Hama Rikyu) if you go to Tokyo. It's a vast garden on Tokyo Bay with a salt water pond (tidal pond, the water rises and falls with the tide of the ocean - rare type of pond in Japan, I think one of the last ones left), an attractive tea house where you can have some matcha tea (whisked green tea) and some sweets for about $6, some flower beds, and a ferry terminal that will get you up the Sumida River to Asakusa.

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    Hama Rikyo Garden

    by rugbyspark Written Jun 17, 2004

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    You should try to visit the Hama Detached Palace Garden (Hama Rikyu) if you go to Tokyo. It's a vast garden on Tokyo Bay with a salt water pond (tidal pond, the water rises and falls with the tide of the ocean - rare type of pond in Japan, I think one of the last ones left), an attractive tea house where you can have some matcha tea (whisked green tea) and some sweets for about $6, some flower beds, and a ferry terminal that will get you up the Sumida River to Asakusa.

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    Ueno Park

    by kdoc13 Updated May 27, 2004

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    The Ueno Park is a great place in the spring to experience the Cherry Blossom festival. It is best to have a Japanese companion with you for the festival, as things can devolve into drunken revelry at times. For the most part (meaning 99.9% of the time though) it is a safe area, and a lot of fun.

    The park is beautiful any time of year, although a bit of a challenge to get to. It is in the area of the Asakusa and Ueno stations on the subway and is near a lot of other interesting attractions, in case the park isnt working for you.

    There is one knock against this park though, it is a very much working class neighborhood, and times haven't been so good there. It is not uncommon to see homeless men there, although they have never been a threat or a problem.

    The frog fountain at Ueno Park.
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    Ueno Zoo

    by Sharrie Updated Apr 16, 2004

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    I can almost bet that no one on VT goes to Tokyo & visit its zoo!

    Well, it took me innumerable visits to this city b4 I finally venture to this part of the metropolis!

    What a surprise it was!
    If you get tired of visiting temples, museums & gardens, & also running out of shopping moneys, I highly recommend this place!

    UENO ZOO is especially delightful when visiting in the Spring amidst the cherry blossoms in Ueno Park.
    What's even more enticing is the species of animals you'll be delighted to meet!

    I was in for a huge surprise & a very delightful one as well.
    My visit to the Antarctica was a little incomplete since I didn't get to see the King Penguins due to a slight miscommunication with the chief purser!
    Yet, I finally get to meet them in person in Tokyo of all places under the most amazing circumstances!
    If you ask me, I think I'm blessed :-)))

    Here's a list of other animals in the zoo which might interest you:
    1) Giant Pandas
    2) Otters
    3) Owls, Eagles, Hawks
    4) Gorillas, Monkeys & Baboons
    5) Cranes & Japanese Cranes & Birds
    6) Sea Lions
    7) Polar Bears
    8) Japanese Macaques
    9) Tapirs & Capybaras & Llama
    10) Emus, Kangaroos, Aye-ayes & wolves
    11) Pygmy Hippopotamuses
    12) Rhinoceroses
    13) Okapis, Giraffes & Ostriches
    14) Flamingos & whale-headed storks
    15) Puffins, beavers & pelicans
    16) Vivarium

    King penguins in Tokyo!
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    Travel Library

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    International and domestic guide books, maps, timetables, over 25,000 travelogues, sightseeing brochures and maps, and more than 150 kinds of magazines are available in this specialized library operated by JTB. Reading a travel guide in the quiet atmosphere of the library takes you to wherever you want go! Though they do not lend anything, material can be copied in the library. It is worth spending time there before you take your next trip!

    INFORMATION
    Address: B1F, Tekko Bldg No. 2, 1-8-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
    Open: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm, Closed: Sat, Sun, holidays and New Year holidays (12/29-1/4)
    Admission: Free

    Access:
    A 2-minute walk from the Yaesu north exit of Tokyo station on the JR lines and Marunouchi Subway Line.
    A 2-minute walk from B10 exit (Tekko Bldg exit) of Otemachi station on the Tozai Subway Line.

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    Ebisu Garden Place - on the...

    by sjvessey Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Ebisu Garden Place - on the south side of Ebisu station, by the Westin Hotel. A covered arcade with expensive shops, and (no doubt) expensive restaurants. A good place to come if you want to impress when you invite someone out to dinner.

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