Sunday, June 26, 2011
Asukayama Park in Kita ku, Tokyo is one of the first official parks in Japan.
In 1720 cherry trees were planted on the area by mandate of Tokugawa Yoshimune, later in 1737 the area was open to the general public as a place for cherry blossom viewing. In 1873 the government established parks, as areas where historically people gather to enjoy scenic views, and site of historical significance, asking prefectures to select the sites and apply for registration. Asakuyama, along with Ueno, Shiba, Asakusa and Fukagawa where the first areas to be registered.
The park is a famous spots for kids, to beat the summer heat in the many fountains, and small waterfalls in the park, although currently all the fountains are shut off as an electric energy saving measure.
A small oblique monorail has been set up for the elderly, disabled or just in case you do not want to climb the smallest hill in Tokyo (25.7m).
There are two trains in exhibit at the park: A toden 6080, a streetcar manufactured in 1949 and used until 1978 in the arakawa line, and a JNR D51, a steam train manufactured in 194, and used until 1972.