The name of an era turns into "Reiwa" from "Heisei", and the Enthronement Ceremony is going to be performed this year in autumn. Therefore I took a walk through around Imperial Palace where the Emperor lived this time. I took a walk in the course that went to the outer garden of the Imperial Palace from Sakurada-mon Gate via Hibiya Park from JR Yurakucho Station. Hibiya Park is the first Western-style modern park in Japan born by city planning in 1903. The Edo era, this neighborhood are the places where there was the mansion of Sotosakurada kamiyashiki of Sendai Date-han and Matsudaira Hizen-shu and others, the sign of the neighborhood of park entrance says "the ground of the end that Sendai ancestor of a lord, Masamune Date died at 70 years old when he went up to Edo for sankin-kotai (an alternate-year attendance) in May, 1636".The Department of the Army had jurisdiction over there as a parade ground in the Meiji era, and setting of Hibiya Park was notified by city planning afterwards in 1889. Plans were submitted by six designers on designing this park, and design plan of Seiroku Honda was adopted. There is a sign of the design plans of these six people in a park, I want you to watch it. There are various facilities including Western-style flower bed and pond, cloud form pond, fountain of the crane, public hall, concert hall and restaurant Matsumotoro in approximately 160,000 square meters of large parks, and it is in the oases such as the Metropolitan citizens or the office worker.
When I take a walk through Hibiya Park and advance towards Sakurada-mon Gate, I see a red brick ridge of Ministry of Justice where there is an atmosphere of the Meiji on the left side. It is built as judiciary Government building in 1895, and this building is used after the war as Ministry of Justice Main Building. The Metropolitan Police Department to the left and the Diet building in the road depths are seen when I cross the crossing of Sakurada-mon Gate and arrives at Sakurada-mon Gate.
Sakurada-mon Gate was called outside Sakurada-mon Gate formally, and this name was attached for inner Sakurada-mon Gate (the bellflower gate) which is near the main enclosure. This name comes from that this neighborhood was called Sakurada-go in old days. The gate becomes the outside Korai gate and the dual structure of inside Watari-yagura gate, and it is with the protective high structure called the outside square. Sakuradamongai Incident where chief ministry, Naosuke Ii was assassinated out of this gate on March 3, 1860 by de-feudal clan Mito clansmans is famous in history. I pass through Sakurada-mon Gate, and Niju-bashi Bridge is seen to the left when I make a left turn along a moat. Niju-bashi Bridge is originally the iron bridge in the depths of the stone bridge in front of the front gate, but nou both stone bridge and iron bridge together are called Niju-bashi Bridge. After all many foreigners take a ceremonial photograph because this neighborhood is a famous place of Japan. I arrive at Sakashita-mon Gate, the bellflower gate when I go ahead through Koukiyogaien to the north more. Furthermore, I arrive at Ote-mon Gate when I advance along a moat.
It becomes the garden of Kokyo Higashi Gyoen when I cross the moat of Ote-mon Gate. A part of old the main ward of Edo-jo Castle of the Imperial Palace east district, Ninomaru (second bailey) and Sannomaru (Tertiary Compound) would be maintained as a garden attached to the Imperial Palace, and, as a part of the Imperial Palace building, a garden of approximately 210,000 square meters in area was finished in 1968. There is the examination for baggage on the occasion of entering the garden, but it is open to the public (entering the garden free of charge), and is the place that can know rich nature and history of the Imperial Palace. The walk road among stone walls of Edo-jo Castle, Hyakunin-bansho Guardhouse and a teahouse of Suwa, the buildings such as Fujimi oars, restored Ninomaru garden, a castle tower trace are seen in the gardens. A building for the Enthronement Ceremony is under construction in Honmaru large lawn, so unfortunately I was not able to observe the area of Honmaru this time, but the atmosphere of the site of castle is a felt good garden.
|Title||Walk around the Imperial Palace (Tokyo)|
|Access||10-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station, Walk time: Approximately two hours|