Located just across Imperial Palace, the park used to be a military parade ground during the Meiji period and witnessed several violent riots back in 1905 when Japan was still searching for its national identity. Nowadays, the park is popular destination for office workers to munch down their bento lunches or a weekend relaxation place for families.
What I like to do at Hibiya park is to have late lunch and coffee at Matsumotoro Restaurant. I often waited patiently to be seated outside and be sheltered by the 400 years old, massive risky gingko tree. Though the food is quite expensive on the basis that you can have the same thing outside for less, but the offered ambiance is what you actually paid for.
The green path around Shinji pond is another one of my favorite spots. The elevated walls with park bench overlooking the surrounding high rise building of Marunouchi commercial district is a popular spot among lovers.
Apart from the statue of Dr.Rizal, Hibiya Park is decorated with mementos donated by different countries, like the Lupa Romana statue donated by Italy and the Bell of Liberty donated by United States. I heard that there is a Godzilla statue as well but i can’t locate it.
Hibiya Park may not be as beautiful as the usual traditional Japanese landscape garden but its the best there is if you want some diversion after a day of window-shopping at ultra-consumeristic kingdom of Ginza.
I don’t know about you but the park name itself has such magical appeal to me, as if I tell someone to “meet me at Hibiya Park” good things are about to happen.