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Why Shiba Park is special ?
Established in 1873, this is one of the first five parks in Japan and offers perfect views of Tokyo Tower. The park is built around Zojoji Temple (the one featured in ‘Wolverine’) and holds an ancient tomb built in the fifth century. Around 200 cherry blossom trees grow around the tomb and near the pond, and at night when Tokyo Tower is lit up, the scenery takes on a magical feel.
What to explore at Shiba Park?
This artificial valley was restored in 1984. The combination of large and small natural rocks surrounded by trees is reminiscent of deep mountains and dark valleys. The waterfall tumbling from a 10-meter high rock formation is spectacular. As the name implies, the valley is surrounded by maple trees. The colorful leaves in autumn make the sight even more amazing. Near the bridge at the middle of the stream stands a 20-meter tall Japanese zelkova that is 250
centimeters in circumference.
Built in the fifth century, this ancient keyholeshaped tomb mound has been designated a historical remain by
the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. It is one of the largest in Tokyo, measuring about 110 meters in length. However, the mound has lost much of its original shape in postwar development. Shiba Park itself is on a plateau 16 meters above sea level, but the tomb is an even higher mound, forming a small hill.
About 200 cherry trees , including
someiyoshino, yama-zakura, and satozakura varieties, grow on the top and sides of the tomb and near Benten Pond. They draw huge crowds when they blossom in the spring.
At the base of the tomb are about 70 red and white ume (Japanese plum) trees. When in bloom, they form what is called a “plum house in a sliver world.” The neat flowers and their fragrant scent delight park visitors.
How to get to Shiba Park?
- It's 12-minute walk from Hamamatsu-cho (JR line). 2-minute walk from Shiba-Koen or Onarimon (Mita line).
- It's 5-minute walk from Daimon (Asakusa line, Oedo line). 2-minute walk from Akabane-bashi (Oedo line).
- Excellent view of Tokyo Tower
- A popular spot for dating
- Appears in many television and film sequences.
- A park with a long history
- Purple and white plum trees
Shibakoen, Minato, Tokyo 105-0011, Japan