I took a walk through around Shirokanedai that was an upper-class residential area. I got off at Toei Mita Line Shirokane-Takanawa Station and took a walk towards the Meguro Station area. A bus stop called "Seisyoko-mae" stood out when I advanced for a while, on investigation there is the temple called "Kakurinji" within the striking distance, and here seems to be dedicated to Prince Kiyomasa Kato. The main shrine is a Toshogu Shrine style form, and the sculpture of an excellent dragon is carved under the eaves. I pass this temple and go ahead around 300m, and there is Happo-en in the place that curved to the left. It is said a mansion trace of direct feudatory of a shogun, Hikozaemon Okubo here, and becomes a marriage ceremonial hall and the cafe restaurant. In addition, a Japanese garden is on the site of approximately 10,000 tsubos. The garden becomes the style of Japanese garden with a pond in the center, and a tower for the repose of souls and a stone garden lantern, a tea-ceremony room are located, and cherry trees in spring and colored leaves in the autumn are beautiful.
I leave Happo-en and come back to the original way and pass "The Institute of Medical Science, The University Of Tokyo", and there is "Institute for Nature Study" on the right hand when I advance more. It is the oasis in the city where the forest of chinquapin, a pine, the co-Japanese oak, mountain wild grass, aquatic plants grow thick on approximately 200,000 square meters of sites in facilities attached to one of National Museum of Nature and Science here. Breeding of Institute for Nature Study begins in the mansion of a powerful family said to be Shirogane-Daijin 400-500 years ago. I could watch the fieldwork at that time in the garden, too. It is with a suburban residence of a daimyo of Takamatsu feudal lord, Yorishige Matsudaira here in the Edo era, and in the Meiji era, it became the powder magazine of the army, the navy and became the Shirogane Crown lands in the Taisho era. Because a general person was not able to enter it, nature which was rich in this ground was left. It was appointed here on a natural monument and a historic spot in 1949 and came to be opened to the public.
The promenade where trees grow thick follows when I enter the garden, the way is divided into right and left on the way and advances to the direction with the Hyotan pond which is the central scene of this garden. The area of the Hyotan pond becomes the water garden area, and the bridges are built, too. In addition, I can watch a spotbill duck and a heron, the kingfisher with luck in this waterside, too. The way advances in form going around this pond and comes back to the crossroads divided into right and left and advances to the exit. It is the trip for approximately 30 minutes.
I leave Institute for Nature Study, and it is Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum to be located in the neighbor immediately. This art museum is a residence trace of the Asaka royal house which the eighth prince of the His Imperial Highness Prince Asahiko Kuninomiya of the royalty, Yasuhiko founded in 1906, and Tokyo runs management as an art museum. I saw the main building (old Asaka royal house) which collected the best of are deco in the depths when I enter at an entrance. Here is used as an art museum and replace a showpiece every three months, and art display is carried out here. On the theme of "the image of Asia and Orient admiration of the Japanese art", the display such as a picture and ceramic art, ancient times bronze ware, wisteria basket and the bamboo basket are done this time. In addition, because each room in the residence is used as a display place, you can watch a layout or the decoration of the room and can have a glimpse of a way of then living.
The garden in there is a turf garden with a feeling of opening that big Aphananthe aspera grows thick in the center.Tsukiyama and a pond are comprised in the Japanese garden, and there are a scene full of ups and downs and a tea-ceremony room of the sukiya style. A mall and a tree are maintained, and the Western-style garden is the space that can relax. In this way, it is garden Museum consisting of three areas. I arrive at Meguro Station in around ten minutes when I leave this art museum.
|Title||A walk through around Shiroganedai (Tokyo)|
|Access||Get off at Toei Mita Line Shirokane-Takanawa Station or Meguro Station; and walk time: One hour (is excluded at visit time)|
|Fee||Institute for Nature Study：320yen、Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum：1000yen (only in the garden: 200 yen)|