This park, Shiba Park, is a land of historical significance, having been built by the Tokugawa shogunate and boasts numerous historical remains not only in the surrounding area but also on hotel grounds. Additionally, the park is located near the iconic Tokyo Tower, truly a place where one can feel the pulse of Japan’s capital city “TOKYO”.
Spot 1: Tokyo Tower
A comprehensive radio tower that has existed at the heart of Tokyo for over half a century since its opening in 1958. The tower features two observation decks, the main deck (150m) and the top deck (250m), offering views of Mount Fuji, Mount Tsukuba, the Boso and Miura Peninsulas, Tokyo Skytree, and the Tokyo Gate Bridge, among others. Access: 4 minutes on foot from the south entrance (260m).
Spot 2: Former Main Gate of Taitokuin Mausoleum “Soumon”
Once, a grand shrine of the second Shogun, Tokugawa Hidetada existed on this land, and this gate was the entrance of the said shrine. The shrine built in 1632 was mostly lost to the bombing of Tokyo in WWII, but this Sobomon gate alone remains in its original form, standing as a silent witness to the passage of time. Access: Within the grounds of The Prince Park Tower Tokyo
Spot 3: Zōjō-ji Temple
This temple is the head temple of Jodo-shu, a school of Pure Land Buddhism. In 1598, it was relocated by Ieyasu Tokugawa from its original location in Kojimachi to its present location and it is known as a temple of the Tokugawa clan. The “Tokugawa Shogun Family Cemetery” located within the temple grounds contains the burials of six successive shoguns and their consorts and concubines. Access: 3 minutes on foot from the east entrance (200m)
Spot 4: Shiba Tōshō-gū Shrine
This is a Shrine that enshrines Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate. There is a life-size wooden statue of the shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa, which was built when he was turning 60 and also held ceremonies. On the right hand side of the main hall, you can find the large ginkgo tree that stands around 22.5m and is said to be planted by the third Shogun, Iemitsu Tokugawa. This tree is over 300 years old and it is said that it brings longevity to those who touch it. Access: 4 minutes on foot from the south entrance (260m)