The first westernized modern park in Japan continues to be an oasis for people
Located to the north of the Imperial Palace Outer Garden and in the vicinity of Kasumigaseki, Hibiya and Uchisaiwai-cho, Hibiya Park is the first westernized modern park in Japan. The parkland used to be the palace area of a powerful feudal load during the Edo Period (1603–1868). In the Meiji Period (1868–1912) the land served as a military drilling ground. Later the park was designed and constructed as an urban-style park, opened to the public in 1903, and marked the 110th anniversary this year. In the vast 16-hectare grounds at the heart of Tokyo, the oasis for working people with 3100 tall trees, 10,000-square meters grass lawn and beds flowering year round attracts many people every day. There are large and small music halls and a public hall that are used widely by people from all over Japan.
One of the must-see spots in Hibiya Park is the great fountain that is the symbol of the park. Water jetting as high as 12 meters from the center of the fountain that is 30 meters in diameter will make you feel fully refreshed. At Hibiya-mitsuke (Approach) remains, you will see nozurazumi style stone walls built in the early Edo Period. Beside them there is a pond that was constructed by preserving a part of a moat of the Edo Period. It is fun to look at little egrets, herons, ducks and other wild birds flying to the pond. There are also various monuments and statues, which, together of seasonal flowers, make it a place to have a nice time whenever you come.
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