Tokyo Stroll Supplement: Hongō
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Bunkyō Civic Center (文京シビックセンター)
As you have walked through this part of Tokyo you may have occasionally noticed a large tall building to the South East. This is the building that houses the government offices for Bunkyō Ward, sometimes you will see it referred to as the Bunkyō City Hall. Once you are at the building take the elevator up to the 25th floor (Open: 9:00 – 8:30) observation deck where you can enjoy an excellent 330-degree view of the city. If it is a clear day you will have a good view of Mount Fuji beyond the skyscrapers of Shinjuku. You may even spot a few things in the neighborhood to explore if the sun is still up.
Koishikawa Kōrakuen (小石川後楽園)
A garden which was laid out in 1629 on the Mito Han estate by Tokugawa Yorifusa, his son Tokugawa Mitsukuni would oversee the completion of the work. An advisor on the construction of the garden was Zhu Zhiyu a noted Confucian scholar and refugee from China after the fall of the Ming Dynasty. It was he who gave the garden its name. Today this is the oldest garden in Tokyo Some noted features of the garden include the ponds, streams, manmade hills, older structures, bridges of stone or wood, many pathways, flowers, and a rice paddy for teaching how hard farmers worked which is still planted and harvested by school children today. Specifics on much of this can be found in the brochure given out at the garden. The garden is also known for Autumn foliage starting in late November, plum blossoms in February, cherry blossoms in late March, azaleas in April-May, and more than one type of iris in mid-April-June.
Tokyo Dome City (東京ドームシティ)
A large modern entertainment complex founded in 1955 which has been added to and changed many time since. Included are the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium, the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame, a hotel, an amusement park, a bowling alley, a hotel, roller skating arena, a large theater, the hot spring La Qua, various other attractions, and the location of ever changing special events. This modern entertainment district provides quite the contrast to the many older sights found in Bunkyō Ward.
Ushi Tenjin Kitano Jinja (牛天神北野神社)
Founded in 1184 by Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first Kamakura shogun. Yoritomo had a dream in which Sugawara no Michizane standing on a cow shaped stone informed him two important events would take place. The shrine was then constructed as thanks.
The main entrance to the shrine grounds is to the East where there is a long stairway to the shrine. The shrine itself is an older wooden structure with some impressive komainu statues. The grounds are known for a ume blossom flower viewing festival early in the year. On the grounds you will see a sacred stone in straw rope enclosure, and a tall memorial stone to Nakajima Utako famous poet and instructor to many writers including Ichiyō Higuchi and Miyake Kaho. The memorial to Utako was put up after her death in 1903.
Enter on the West through a long pedestrian street and stairway.
Created July 10, 2919 | Content last updated
May 10, 2019