This page is an introduction of some points of interests in Oji Kita-ku Tokyo, where our company is located.
Asukayama Park(1-1-3 Oji Kita-ku Tokyo)
Asukayama Park is a place known as a cherry blossom viewing place in Tokyo, a place where Edo 8th general Yoshimune Tokugawa made as a place for people to see the cherry blossoms. At that time cherry blossom viewing party was forbidden except for this area, this place became so popular. Approximately 15,000 azalea trees and 1,300 hydrangeas are planted in the park, including 650 cherry blossoms. Thanks to the convinience place (only 1-2 minutes walk from JR Keihin Tohoku Line "Oji Station", Tokyo Metro "Oji Station" and Toden Arakawa Line "Oji Ekimae"), there are so many people on weekends.
The name Asuka-yama(Asuka-mountain) was not listed in the topographic map of the Geographical Survey Institute, and its altitude was not surveyed accurately. Kita-ku surveyed in 2006 as if it is a mountain lower than Atago-yama (25.7 m) in Minato-ku, which is said to be "the lowest mountain in Tokyo", confirmed that it is actually lower than Atago-yama (the survey results are not announced, but there is a stone monument like above photograph at the summit of Asuka-yama) It is stated as altitude 25.4m. Kita-ku requested the Geographical Survey Institute to describe Asuka-mountain on the topographic map but it was not adopted.
If you climb from Oji-Station side, you will walk a lot of stairs. For this reason, Asuka-yama park monorail (Asuka park rail, so-called Ascargo) carries about 50m in 2 minutes. You can use it for free. (The operation method is the same as elevator's.)
Otonashi Shinsui Park(1-1-1 Oji-honcho Kita-ku Tokyo)
Near from JR Keihin Tohoku Line "Oji station north exit ticket gate". This place was the old flow passage of the current Shakujii river. The river itself has been relocated to other places due to the river improvement work in 1950s, but people wanted to leave the site as a park. Now it is a park selected as "100 Urban Parks in Japan". In addition to this park, "National Showa Memorial Park", "Hibiya Park", "Ueno Park", "Mizumoto Park", "Yoyogi Park" are selected from many Tokyo parks.
Nanushi no Taki Park (1-15-25 Kishi-machi Kita-ku Tokyo)
It was a house of "Sonpachi Hatano" the owner of Oji village in Edo-era. In Meiji-era it was owned by "Tokuzaburo Kakiuchi" and was maintained as a park.In 1938, one restrant bought it and it was made public as a cafeteria. But it was destroyed by the air raid in 1952(WW2), then Tokyo metropolitan government republished in 1960. There are four falls in the park, "Men falls", "Women falls", "Daimonaki fall", "Spring Jade fall". In the vast site, 100 autumn leaves are planted. The opening hours is from 9 am to 5 pm. (It is a place about 100m north from Oji Inari Shrine.)
Oji Shrine(1-1-12 Oji-honcho Kita-ku Tokyo)
It is located where you climbed up the slope from Otonashi Shinsui Park. (About 5 minutes walk from Oji Station North Exit) In 1322 the lord Toshima adjusted the landscape.It seems that this shrine is the origin of the place name"Oji (prince)".
Oji Inari Shrine(1-12-26 Kishi-machi Kita-ku Tokyo)
In this shrine there is an "inviting stone" and whether you feel it heavily or lightly when lifting the stone divides how your wish will come true. If you feel lightly when lifting, your wish may come true. If you feel heavily, let's try a bit more effort.
Oji shozoku inari Shirine(2-30-14 Oji Kita-ku Tokyo)
There is a stone monument that says "Open the restaurants (Ebi-ya and Ogi-ya),the prince's fox hold a key" written by Nanpo Ohta in 1700s. This Ogi-ya is still there and sells their traditional "Egg-fried".