Inokashira Park, located in the lively Kichijoji neighborhood, is one of Tokyo's oldest parks. The southeast side features a forested area and sports complexes and is home to the Ghibli Museum. On the northeast side is a pond with rowboats and paddleboats, a handful of little cafes and restaurants, a small children's zoo, and a temple. The zoo is home to squirrels, monkeys and a single elephent, and the pond itself hosts turtles, enormous carp and an impressive array of waterfowl.
On weekends and holidays an Art Market is held and the paths are lined with vendors selling funky arts and crafts. The many cherry blossoms in the park make it a popular sight for hanami in the spring.
A word of warning: the temple is dedicated to Benzaiten, a goddess of love who seems to have a jealous streak. It is said she places a curse on happy couples who dare to visit the park, and especially those who venture onto the pond in a boat are doomed to break up.
|Categories||Parks & Nature|
|Nearest Station||Kichijoji, Inokashira Koen|
|Address||1-18-31 Gotenyama, Musashino-shi, Tokyo|
|Home Page||http://www.kensetsu.metro.tokyo.jp (In Japanese)|