Day 2: Sensoji temple, Asakusa in Tokyo - Nakamise Dori Shopping Arcade in Tokyo - Sumida River Cruise, Tokyo - HIBIYA GARDEN - Imperial Palace and Gardens - Tokyo Tower
A prolonged search for the Imperial Palace found us standing at the entrance of the Hibiya Garden instead and we gladly made our way in as the entry was free.
One of the most popular parks of Tokyo, Hibiya Garden was built, designed and constructed as a modern city park in the early 1900’s. Used as an army drill site at one time, it today serves its purpose of a place for some fun and recreation very well. In spite of standing in the midst of the high-tech area of Ginza, the garden is a huge respite from all the city chaos and does a fantastic job of keeping people close to nature and to life.
Take a quiet stroll,
The many paths leading you in the interiors of the garden
... sit down on one of its benches,
or stand still near a pond...
Two different ponds inside the park
... all the smells, the vibes and the atmosphere,
Different colors and varieties of flowers blooming in the garden
I'm sorry, I've have no clue on the names :-)
Trees, plants and fountains arranged beautifully
... all the sights that you come across, everything is fascinating and soothing to your senses.
A cat keeps guard
Tennis Court: A girl takes a break from her tennis lessons
A teddy bear dolled up in nature
An artist takes some inspiration
Children Park: Kids and parents enjoying their day out
Complete with lovely fountains that breathe a whiff of fresh air, pleasant lakes that have stood the hammers of renovations, beautiful flowers that sing the melody of life, and lovely sights that give you a meaning for life... a stroll in this garden unraveled before me a different side to the personality of the Tokyo city that I had hitherto seen in my trip to Japan...
This was a place,
Where God-gift of nature was adored as much as (or may be even more?) pride was taken in all its arty concrete and innovative technology...
This was a place,
Where two generations - the old and the new - strode along,
side by side, very happy in their own spaces without any pushing around...
This, was a place... I realized, I was slowly getting to know...
Getting there: How to Reach and Other Fast Facts
Get Down at: Hibiya Station of Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line OR Kasumigaseki Station of Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and Chiyoda Line. 2 minutes walk each.
Entry Fee: Free
Nearby Places to Visit: Imperial Palace and Gardens
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