Asukayama Park

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Asukayama Park
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Asukayama Park
Location Kita, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates 35°45′2″N 139°44′20″E / 35.75056°N 139.73889°E / 35.75056; 139.73889Coordinates: 35°45′2″N 139°44′20″E / 35.75056°N 139.73889°E / 35.75056; 139.73889
Created 1873

Asukayama Park (飛鳥山公園 Asukayama Kōen?) is a public park in Kita, Tokyo, Japan.

History[edit]

A woodblock print showing Emperor Meiji at Asukayama Park

In the early eighteenth century, shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune planted many cherry trees in the area and opened up the land for the enjoyment of the "Edokko" or citizens of Tokyo.[1][2] The park was formally established, alongside Ueno Park, Shiba Park, Asakusa Park, and Fukagawa Park, in 1873 by the Dajō-kan, as Japan's first public parks.[2] In 1998, three museums were opened inside the park, designed by AXS Satow: the Kita City Asukayama Museum (北区飛鳥山博物館?), the Shibusawa Memorial Museum (渋沢史料館?), and the Paper Museum (紙の博物館?).[1][3]

Preserved railway vehicles[edit]

The park is home to two preserved railway vehicles: former Toei 6000 series tram car number 6080 and JNR Class D51 steam locomotive number D51 853.[4]

Access[edit]

The "Ascargot" car ascending the Asukayama Park Monorail, March 2010

The closest station to the park is Ōji Station on the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. A small inclined monorail called the Asukayama Park Monorail (飛鳥山公園モノレール?) is provided on the north side of the park to provide access free-of-charge to the park for the mobility-impaired.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kita-ku - Asukayama Park". Kita Ward. Retrieved 5 March 2012. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "飛鳥山公園" [Asukayama Park] (in Japanese). Kita Ward. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "飛鳥山3つの博物館" [Three museums of Asukayama] (in Japanese). AXS Satow. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Sasada, Masahiro (September 2012). 国鉄&JR保存車大全 [JNR & JR Preserved Rolling Stock Complete Guide]. Tokyo, Japan: Ikaros Publications Ltd. p. 135. ISBN 978-4863206175. 

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