Komaba Park

komaba parkKomaba park is a small park located next to the University of Tokyo in a quiet residential area. The closest station to the park is Komaba-Todaimae Station on the Keio Inokashira Line (3~4 minutes by local train from Shibuya station). The park was one a residential area owned by the Maeda family back from the early 20th Century. Mr. Maeda, the former owner of the residential area, has built an aristocratic housing property inside the house, which is heavily western influenced as shown in the picture. His ancestors were part of the Kaga Clan samurai Family that used to rule parts of the Kanazawa area. Nowadays, the area is preserved by the city as a public park. The fascinating thing about this park is that the aristocratic atmosphere is preserved with Mr. Maeda’s residence still remaining inside. Once you enter the gates of the park, it feels as if you have entered the time machine back into the past. All the noise from the streets is blocked, giving a quiet atmosphere just like in the early 19th century.

In the park, there is a small area with swings for children to enjoy, so whilst the kids are enjoying grownups can go and have a look at the Maeda residence to experience some of its history (Back in those days was a period of time when westernization was becoming the norm in Japan).

The opening days of the park are Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am till 4:30 pm. The residential house is open every Wednesday to Sunday from 9 am till 4:30 pm. The park closes at an early time, so it is recommended to visit the park in the morning or right after lunch. Why not enjoy a historical tour in a park, which is unbelievably close to the urban center!

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