Parks, Yards, Gardens and Squares, Tokyo

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  • Boy and man busk at Inokashira Park
    Boy and man busk at Inokashira Park
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  • The lake overcrowded with paddle boats
    The lake overcrowded with paddle boats
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  • The temple at the end of the lake
    The temple at the end of the lake
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    Ueno Zoo.

    by kdoc13 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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

    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.

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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.

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    Kitanomaru Park

    by clarelim Written Jul 31, 2007
    Entrance of Kitanomaru park

    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.

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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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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Birdwatching

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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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    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 frog fountain at Ueno Park.

    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.

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    Ueno Zoo

    by Sharrie Updated Apr 16, 2004

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    King penguins in Tokyo!

    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

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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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    Graveyard

    by tompt Updated Aug 13, 2003

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    graveyard, Tokyo

    North of the Ueno park is one of the best kept graveyards we encountered in Japan. The colorful red and green trees between the tombstones make such nice pictures....

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