Risky Gingko Tree of Hibiya Park


Hibiya Park is a famous western inspired park at Tokyo’s commercial district and often chosen as a venue for musical gatherings or protests.

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.
hibiya park
hibiya park

If you take the subway exit which is closed to very luxurious Imperial Hotel, the first thing you will see is the fountain at the middle of the park with the brick building Hibiya Public Hall across.
hibiya park
hibiya park
hibiya park
hibiya park
hibiya park

The park features two pond called Shinji and Shinkei, where the latter has a bronze crane bird statue/fountain while the first pond has the real one.
hibiya park
hibiya park
hibiya park
hibiya park

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.
hibiya park
hibiya park

Another reason why I love the green path area is because of a memento that reminds me of home- the statue my country national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.
hibiya park

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
hibiya park
hibiya park

Other points of interests are the Children’s playground decorated with an enchanting gate, Flower gardens and Dogwood forest.
hibiya park
hibiya park
hibiya park
hibiya park

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.
hibiya park
hibiya park

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.

26 thoughts on “Risky Gingko Tree of Hibiya Park

  1. Tokyo’s ginkgo trees are magnificent, and these old-timers have survived so much: quakes, wars, fires, typhoons …

    PS: The Godzilla statue isn’t in the park itself. It’s in Yūrakuchō 1-Chōme near the Chanter Center. 🙂

  2. I’ve spent a lot of time in Hibiya Park thanks to its proximity to the Tokyo Takarazuka and Imperial Theatres! I blogged about going to Marunouchi nearby a couple times on The Lobster Dance, too.

    1. Imperial Garden Theatre! did you watch any show? must be beautiful inside, usually a lot of people lined up outside..

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