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Shiba Park (芝公園, Shiba kōen) is a public park in Minato, Tokyo, Japan built around the temple of Zōjō-ji.

Shiba Park
Zojoji frontal steps.jpg
LocationMinato, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates35°39′23″N 139°44′54″E / 35.65639°N 139.74833°E / 35.65639; 139.74833Coordinates: 35°39′23″N 139°44′54″E / 35.65639°N 139.74833°E / 35.65639; 139.74833
Area122,501.09 square metres (30.27068 acres)
CreatedOctober 19, 1873

The park is located between the Minato municipal offices and Tokyo Tower. Many of the footpaths in the park offer excellent views of Tokyo Tower, so the park is a popular spot for dates and appears in many television and film sequences. The Central Labor Relations Commission is located here.

Shiba Tōshō-gū shrine, an example of Tōshō-gū architecture, is also located in the park. A giant ginkgo tree, designated Natural Monument and believed to have been planted there by Iemitsu Tokugawa, can be found in the grounds of the shrine.[1]

Thomas Glover had his Tokyo residence here.

Some of the parkland was once the Ōkubo clan residence in Edo.[2]

Shiba Palace Garden (Shiba Onshi-koen), the grounds of the former Shiba Detached Palace, has become the property of the Municipality and is open to the public.[3] The Arisugawa gardens were purchased by the Imperial Household Agency in 1875. The land has since been donated for public use and enjoyment.[2]

A tree that United States President Ulysses S. Grant planted at the park is still growing there today.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Shiba-Toshogu no Icho". Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  2. ^ a b Ōkubo clan garden in Edo, purchased by Imperial Household Agency in 1875
  3. ^ Park in Minato

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