Asukayama Park, Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo by Cornelia [1 July 2001]

For overall pleasantness, Asukayama Park ranks among the best in Tokyo. Though lacking in grassy areas, it has many other noteworthy features.
- concession stand and drinking fountains
- large shady trees
- extended space and interesting layout
- three museums
- easy train access
- great view of the JR lines from the park, includes Shinkansen train towards Omiya
- imaginative and large playground
- not quite enough benches for mothers to sit on, but more than many other parks
- a separate Japanese garden which is free but gates close at 16:30
- 3 beautifully arranged wading pools with waterfalls and some shade. Water is shut off at 17:00 every day and all day during festivals.
- for fun visit the Paper Museum right by the playground and make paper (in the basement 13:00 - 14:30 almost every Saturday and Sunday but check by telephone 03-3916-2320) Adult entrance fee 300 yen. Kids first grade and up 150 yen, under first grade free.
- a key cherry blossom viewing park (end of March/beginning of April)

How to get there:
Oji station (Namboku subway line, Toden Arakawa street car line, JR Keihin Tohoku line). The park is a 5 minutes uphill walk from the JR central or east exits. From the JR central exit you can take a free, small, scenic, monorail car up between 10:00 and 16:00.
Asukayama station on the Toden Arakawa street car line, cross over to the Koban (police box) and take the steps up and into the park!
By car: Pay parking spaces available specifically for the park are accessed from Hongo dori.

Oji, Asukayama Park, Kita-ku pic1 Oji, Asukayama Park, Kita-ku pic2 Oji, Asukayama Park, Kita-ku pic3

Related links and information:

Tokyo City English Information desk: 03-5320-7744
Tokyo Metropolitan / Tama Area Ward and City Offices
Japan With Kids - Forums: General Discussions: Parks / Picnics / Grassy areas

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