Hibiya Park is another great place to enjoy some relaxation time in Tokyo. It was Japan’s first Western-style public park and now occupies sixteen hectares of land near Yurakucho and Hibiya stations. Today, many years after it was opened, the park is still popular because it has a lot to see there. It is also the venue of many festivals so if you are ever in the area and need a place to go, Hibiya Park might well be for you.
I think two of the park’s two major drawcards are the Western-style gardens. One of them has roses and the other has tulips and when they are in bloom a lot of people come to see them. But Hibiya park isn’t only about those two flowers, as there is a gingko tree that is about 400 hundred years old. You’ll even find an annual chrysanthemum exhibit there every November.
One of the things I really enjoy about Hibiya Park are the amphitheatres, two in fact, where you’ll often find outdoor concerts. When I first found this park in the mid-1990s I often attended the Fire Brigade concerts which were fantastic and very-well attended. The park also has numerous restaurants and kiosks, so you won’t go hungry. At lunchtime you’ll see lots of office workers eating their bentos (lunch boxes) on the park benches.
There are also some fountains, a library, public hall, tennis courts and an underground carpark. Strewn throughout the park you’ll also find some points of interest such as a bronze crane (bird, not the heavy lifter!) in a fountain, stone money from Yap Island, a block of gneiss from Antarctica, a Viking stone epitaph and a statue of Remus and Romulus donated by Italy in the 1930's. To top that all off is a Liberty Bell, donated by the United States in 1952, on top of a small hill.
The view from the park is superb too as you can see buildings pop up over the trees. The buildings nearby probably couldn’t be called true skyscrapers, but they are quite tall and look very cool. At the time of writing this article (October 2017) many of them were still under construction, so it will be interesting to see them when they are finished.
If the park does have one failing, it is the central lawn – you aren’t allowed to walk on it. I think that is a real shame, as there is nothing better than walking over a big lawn in a great park. So, all you can do is admire it from the path that rings it.
And very lastly, it is in a great part of town. The Imperial Palace is close, as are Shinbashi and Yurakucho stations. Even Tokyo station is within walking distance. Nagatacho and the Diet building are close too.
So, with so much to see at Hibiya Park I highly recommend it. You can see its (Japanese) website here.
How to get to Hibiya Park
It is very easy to get to Hibiya Park as there are several stations (train and subway) nearby. Hibiya station is closest, so just leave by exit A10 and you’ll find yourself right to one entrance. Kasumigaseki and Yurakucho stations are also close.
Here is a Google map:
Open twenty-four hours a day
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