Hongo-Sanchome Station is a subway station located in the Hongo district of Bunkyo Ward of Tokyo. It serves Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and Toei Oedo Line.


Hongo is a district in Bunkyo Ward just north of the Imperial Palace. Being one of the oldest districts of Tokyo, it still holds a unique historical charm. Some of the houses, including traditional Japanese-style inns, and shops in Hongo are over a hundred years old. The area is best known for Tokyo University, which is located here.


University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus)


The University of Tokyo is one of the most prestigious and leading universities of Japan. It was founded in 1877 by the Meiji government through the merger of three older institutes that taught Japanese and Chinese Literature, Occidental Studies, and Vaccinations. These institutes were merged to form four departments – Law, Literature, Science, and Medicine. In 1886, the University was renamed Imperial University.


In 1897, the name was again changed to Tokyo Imperial University to differentiate it from the Imperial University of Kyoto. During the period between 1886 and 1897, two new departments were added. These were Engineering College and Agriculture College. With time the University continued to grow and practically all academic disciplines were added.


In 1947, the University was again renamed, this time to The University of Tokyo. The year 1949 saw the re-organization of the University under the new School Education Law, with various new faculties and the undergraduate courses being arranged into four years. With time research institutes of various disciplines were also added.


Today The University of Tokyo has over 30,000 students, with about 2,100 of them foreign, studying in its 5 campuses at Hongo, Komaba, Kashiwa, Shirokane, and Nakano.


The Hongo Campus is the main University campus and serves as the center of all the academic disciplines. It holds classes for the second two undergraduate years, besides focusing on all the graduate studies. The Hongo Campus is visited not only for studies, but also by travelers as a tourist spot.


The Campus ground was once the residence of the feudal lords of the Maeda Family. Its main historic feature is the Red Gate , or the Akamon . It was built in 1827 to welcome Yasuhime, the daughter of Shogun Ienari Tokugawa, on her visit to the Maeda Family. According to other reports, Yasuhime was married into the Maeda household in 1828, and the gate was built to welcome the bride. The Red Gate is beautifully crafted and has the Maeda Family crest engraved at the eaves. Renovated in 1961, it is today the symbol of the University and is registered as an important national cultural treasure.


At the center of the Campus is the Japanese garden Ikutoku-en , or the Virtue Teaching Garden. This beautiful traditional garden was built in 1630 by the wealthy Maeda Family, who owned the grounds at the time. In the middle of Ikutoku-en Garden is Sanshiro Pond , shaped like the Japanese character kokoro , which means ‘heart'. During the Edo period this garden with its pond was considered one of the most beautiful gardens of Edo.


Japan Football Museum


Located just 3 minutes' walk from Hongo-Sanchome Station is Japan Football Museum. It was built to commemorate the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which was considered an honor and Japan's first football step into the new millennium. This modern museum relates the history Japanese football through artifacts and videos.


On the first floor of the museum building is the ‘Virtual Stadium'. A large audio-visual hall with a mega screen is located here, which shows the 2002 World Cup football matches. There is also an Information Center where you can get all the information on Japanese and world football. ‘Monument of Goals' is another feature on this floor. This “monument” is a real size goal with imprints of memorable goals by the Japanese team. The first basement level of the museum has large television relay monitors which show Japanese football league matches, and displays league related artifacts. There is also a souvenir shop selling real football merchandise, and a Japan Football Hall of Fame. The second basement level relates Japanese football history through images and reproductions of locker rooms. All the football players, who have helped make Japan one of the top ten in world football, have also been introduced. The Japan Football Museum is a must for all football (soccer) lovers.


Tokyo Water History Museum


The Tokyo Water History Museum is located across the street from Japan Football Museum. This 3-storey museum traces the history of Tokyo water system from the Edo period to present day. Administered by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, it shows all the different aspects of the water system, including drainage and sewage.



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