Hibiya

Hibiya Station is an underground station located in Chiyoda Ward. It serves the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda and Hibiya Lines and the Toei Mita Line. Hibiya Station is connected to the nearby Yurakucho Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line by underground passageways. It is possible to connect between the two stations without going through the ticket gates, but the JR platforms at Yurakucho are at a distance from Hibiya Station and hence require a second ticket.

Hibiya is a relatively quiet place in the very busy area of Marunouchi-Yarakucho-Hibiya-Ginza. Located on the south-eastern corner of the Imperial Palace, it is the center for government offices and headquarters of several big companies. Hibiya is also famous for its park which provides a wonderful place for recreation and relaxation for the people of the area.

Places of Interest:

Takarazuka Gekijou Theater

The Tokyo Takarazuka Gekijou Theater is located just a short walk from Hibiya Station. This theater belongs to the Takarazuka Revue Company and it is one of the places where they stage their performances.

The Takarazuka Revue Company was started in 1914 by Kobayashi Ichizo, the president of Hankyu Railways Corporation. His vision was to have an all-female theatrical group to counter the all-male kabuki. Kobayashi Ichizo also noticed that people were now more attracted to western-style theater than the traditional Japanese forms. So in his new theater company, he combined the new with the old, creating a completely new from of theater.

An all-female company, the Takarazuka Revue Company consists of 5 troupes with over 80 members in each. These troupes are called Hana (Flower), Tsuki (Moon), Hoshi (Star), Yuki (Snow), and Sora (Cosmos). Each troupe has two main performers one who plays the male lead and the other the female lead and the rest are the chorus, each member having a grade number corresponding to the number of years she has been in the troupe. Most of the shows put on by the Takarazuka Revue Company are beautifully choreographed musicals that tell romantic stories.

The Tokyo Takarazuka Gekijou Theater was built in 1924. It is believed that the location was chosen to attract more people to using the railway line to Takarazuka, a city famous for its hot springs.

Hibiya Park

Just a brief walk from Hibiya Station is Hibiya Park, the first western-style park in Tokyo. It is located just down the road from the Imperial Palace and across the street from the luxurious Imperial Hotel. Opened in 1903, the park is today one of the most frequented and popular parks in Tokyo. It also serves as a place for tired workers from nearby offices to gather at lunchtime and relieve themselves from work related stress.

Hibiya Park, covering a total land area of 161,636 square meters, consists of several sections - three of which are Japanese-style and the rest Western-style. A variety of plants cover these sections, including plum trees, pines, gingkos, azaleas, and flowering dogwood. The Western style gardens feature several fountains. There are a number of open spaces throughout the Park where concerts are held. The Park also has public tennis courts, coffee shops, restaurants, a library and a flower shop.

During the Edo period, Hibiya Park was the site of daimyo (feudal lord) mansions. Later during the Meiji restoration in 1868, the daimyo went back to the countryside and the place was turned into a military parade ground. Finally, in 1903, it was opened as a park.

 

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