Although I am happy to be born in 21st century with all the comforts todays modern world offers, anytime I come across a Ukiyo-e painting, I have this desire for simplicity or escapism, and the allure of a bygone era. Just look at the brilliant piece by Utagawa Hiroshige of the Asukayama Park with a Mount Fuji view!! Dating back to the Edo period, Asukayama was originally a part of the residence of the Tokugawa shogunate, Japan’s ruling family at the time. The park’s name ‘Asukayama’ translates to ‘Mountain of Asuka,’ referencing the Emperor Asuka who once admired the scenic views from this very location.
Welcome back to 21st century Asukayama Park, an oasis of natural wonder nestled in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. While renowned for its captivating cherry blossoms, this park today holds an additional secret in store for nature enthusiasts: a mesmerizing display of hydrangea blossoms. Set against the backdrop of passing trains, Asukayama Park offers a unique blend of botanical beauty and urban allure. I took a fusion approach with the Koto Melodies and todays view into the below video
Asukayama Park takes on a magical aura during the rainy season, typically in June, when vibrant clusters of hydrangea flowers come into full bloom. The park becomes a tapestry of hues as shades of blue, pink, and purple intertwine, creating a breathtaking sight for visitors. To quickly reach the park, I suggest going by JR Keihin Tohoku Line and getting down at Oji Station from where it is a minute walk to this small alley adjacent to the train tracks where you can view the Hydrangea blossoms.
Stroll along the winding paths, and you’ll be immersed in a sea of delicate petals, each blossom exuding its own unique charm.
A Symphony of Nature and Trains: What sets Asukayama Park apart from others is its harmonious coexistence with the modern world. As you wander through the park’s tranquil surroundings, you’ll witness the graceful dance of trains passing by. Adjacent to the Oji Station of the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, the park offers a front-row seat to observe the trains gliding through the urban landscape. The juxtaposition of nature’s serenity and the rhythmic movement of trains creates a captivating experience that is truly one-of-a-kind.
Beyond the hydrangea blossoms and the trains, Asukayama Park has much more to offer. Discover the charm of the historic railway museum within the park, where you can delve into Japan’s rich railway heritage and admire a collection of vintage locomotives. Take a leisurely walk along the park’s paths, find a cozy spot to have a picnic, or simply relax and soak in the peaceful atmosphere.
Getting there: By Train/Bus: A 2-minute walk from Oji Station on the JR and Tokyo Metro Namboku Line.
By Car: Approximately 1.6 km from the Oji Kita Ramp on the Shuto Expressway.
Parking: 21 parking spaces available, parking fees apply.
Inquiries: Kita Ward Road and Park Division TEL: 03-3908-9275
On the way to the Asukayama Park also do not miss the tram line which passes through the Oji Station
Asukayama Park boasts a diverse collection of hydrangea varieties, each displaying its unique charm.
You’ll find clusters of vivid blue, pink, purple, and white blooms, creating a stunning mosaic of colors that captivate visitors.
I used the iPhone LED on the backside to light up the flowers
The flowers, with their intricate petals and lacy appearance, evoke a sense of grace and beauty.
Best time to see the hydrangeas is in the morning, when the sun is shining, and the flowers are fresh. The park can get crowded, so it is a good idea to go early or late in the day to avoid the crowds.
Conclusion: Asukayama Park is a hidden gem in Tokyo, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the allure of nature’s wonders. From the captivating beauty of hydrangea blossoms to the unique vantage point of trains passing by, the park offers a serene escape from the bustling city life. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a photography enthusiast, or simply seeking a tranquil retreat, Asukayama Park is a destination that promises to leave you enchanted and refreshed.
So, pack your camera, embrace the blooming hydrangeas, and witness the harmonious symphony of nature and trains at Asukayama Park. A captivating experience awaits you!
On my return to the Oji Station, saw this unique ad. Since it is summer time very soon, the summer coaching class Waseda Coaching class was advertising. The curious part is the catchphrase “やるか、やらぬか、夏アカ。 Now, its up to you!”
Essentially the advert says that “To join or not join the summer coaching, now its up to you, we are ready!”. So let me end this with “Asukayama Hydrangea blossoms are ready, to go or not is up to you”.