Somewhere between surreal and ‘thank goodness someone was wise enough to preserve this space’ lies Kitanomaru koen in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
I randomly discovered this space one evening while riding my bike around the Imperial Palace.”Where does this unlit road lead to?”, I asked myself. It’s pretty rare to find a street in Tokyo with no lights and I was intrigued by the amount of trees in the area, so I ventured in.
Unlike most parks in Tokyo, this park incorporates a natural forest with paths meandering through the trees and incredible elevated views of the city.
Veering off the street on to one of the paved paths, I found myself quickly transformed in to another world. How could this be HERE, in Tokyo!?!?
I found myself reflecting on the stillness in the park. The sound of frogs and crickets permeated throughout the park, yet the energy of the city quietly buzzed in the distance.
In the 10 years I’ve been living here, I hadn’t heard this park mentioned by anyone and for some reason, never discovered it throughout all my years of exploration by foot and bike here. It is truly a secret urban greenscape!
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