Shiba Koen

Shiba Koen Station lies on the Toei Mita Line in the Shiba district of Minato Ward of Tokyo.

Directly in front of Exit A4 of the station lies Shiba Park (Koen).

Shiba Park

Shiba Park is one of the oldest parks in Japan having been opened to the public in 1873. The parkland is ring-shaped with part of the grounds being occupied by Zojoji Temple. At one end of the park is an artificial ravine called Momiji-dani (autumn leaf valley). From here a nice view of a 10 meter high waterfall and a variety of rocks and tall trees can be enjoyed. One of the trees is a massive Japanese zelkova tree, which is 20 meters tall and has a trunk of circumference 2.5 meters. Shiba Park also features the Maruyama burial mound . This ancient 110 meter long mound is one of the biggest in Tokyo.

Zojoji Temple:

Located inside Shiba Park, Zojoji Temple is the main temple of the Jodo sect of Buddhism. Built in 1393, it was moved to its present location in 1590 when Tokugawa Ieyasu moved to Edo, the former name of Tokyo. Zojoji Temple then became the family temple of the Tokugawa family which ruled Japan in the Edo era, and is now home to the mausoleums of six Tokugawa Shoguns and their family members.

Zojoji's main gate is the Sangedatsumon . This 21 meter high gate was constructed in 1605 in a contemporary Chinese Tang Dynasty style, and is the only remaining part of the original temple. Just as you enter the grounds from the Sangedatsumon gate,on the right is Daibonsho , a giant 15 ton bell cast in 1673. The Main Building of the temple is relatively new having been reconstructed in 1974. Ankoku Hall, on the other hand, is made of wood and has a more traditional touch. Inside this Hall is the Black Amida , a statue that is an image of a form of Buddha. This image is kept in a cabinet that is opened only three times a year when a special service is held. At the back of the temple is the Tokugawa Cemetery , where six shoguns and their families are buried. On the grounds leading to the cemetery are rows of colorfully clothed, bibbed, and decorated stone Jizo , the bodhisattva of children. According to Buddhist belief (an adaptation unique to Japan), the Jizo is the divinity that is the guardian of unborn, aborted, miscarried, and stillborn babies; and also the patron saint of expectant mothers and children. For this reason, in Japan the bodhisattva, or the statue of the Jizo, are in the form of children, usually adorned in red caps and bibs.


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Tokyo Prince Hotel  (I-05)

Tokyo Prince Hotel is located close to Zojoji Temple. Being in the midst of gardens, this 484 spacious room hotel offers tranquility in a centralized location. Amenities include four large ballrooms, many smaller meeting rooms, and more than 10 restaurants and bars offering a variety of cuisines and drinks.

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Just 3-minute walk from Shiba Koen Station, is the newly opened 33 story luxurious Tokyo Prince Hotel Park Tower. Centrally located in Shiba Park close to Zojoji Temple, this 673- room hotel provides guests with all the luxury and splendor they desire.

Shiba Park Hotel (I-05)

Centrally located, the Shiba Park Hotel is within easy walking distance to public transit, the famous Tokyo Tower and temples and shrines. This first-class tower hotel boasts clean, comfortable and modern rooms. Shiba Park Hotel is located 7 minutes from Shiba Koen Station.

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