The 16 acre Arisugawa-no-Miya Memorial Park located amidst the hectic Japanese streets offers a tranquil break from the mad rush of everyday life in Tokyo. Beyond the statues, streams, waterfalls and walking trails, within its grounds is a three tiered children’s playground and the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library. It’s a wonderful place for families to read, play, and take a break from the crazy Japanese bustle.
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Arisugawa-no-Miya Memorial Park
5 Chome-7-29 Minamiazabu, 港区 Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 106-0047, Japan
From the Hiro-o station, the park is located a short walk east. The park is home to birds, snakes, bats and is even rumored to have an alligator resident.
This area was originally home to farm fields and over the years it acquired new owners and inhabitants. Beginning in the 1600’s it was the city residence of Minonokami Nambu, a feudal lord; in 1896 the property was obtained by members of the Imperial family; and finally in 1913 His Imperial Highness Prince Takamatsu gained the land. To honor his ideals that children should have a place to play, his love of baseball, and to celebrate the name of his Arisugawa-no-Miya ancestors, the prince donated the land to the city of Tokyo in 1934 to be used for recreational space.
► For Kids: A beautiful place of Japanese history to take the kids to play at the terraced playground and take a break from sightseeing. A quiet and peaceful place to enjoy a picnic or take a nice stroll without worrying about them being caught in the middle of a swiftly moving crowd.
► Nap-Time Version: A large park in the middle of busy Tokyo. Has a library, walking trails, beautiful scenery, and a children’s playground. A beautiful place, and worth a stop.