Chiyoda-ku (千代田区) is one of the important wards that make up the center of Tokyo, and is located almost in the center of the 23 wards. For about 400 years from the establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate to the present, Chiyoda Ward has developed as the political, economic, and cultural center of Japan.

The name “Chiyoda-ku” is said to have originated from “Chiyoda-jo,” another name for Edo Castle.

The Imperial Palace is located in the center of the ward, and the green area of the Imperial Palace occupies about 15% of the total area of the ward, which is a major feature of the ward.

Imperial Palace Tokyo Gardens

The center of national power, including the National Diet, the Prime Minister’s official residence, the central government ministries and agencies, the Supreme Court, and other three powers in the Japanese state, as well as major political parties, are concentrated in Chiyoda-ku, making the district famous as the center of Japan’s legislative, administrative, and judicial systems.

It is no exaggeration to say that the major organizations that govern Japan are concentrated in Chiyoda Ward, as Marunouchi, Otemachi, and Hibiya are home to the headquarters of city banks, national newspapers, major manufacturing companies, major general trading companies, and other giant corporations.

Since most of Chiyoda-ku is an office and government district, the difference between the nighttime and daytime population is large, with the nighttime population being the smallest among the 23 wards, while the daytime population swells to about 850,000, 19 times the nighttime population.

Because of these characteristics, parks in Chiyoda-ku are often seen as places for business people to take a break from work or while traveling, and are often seen as a bit of an oasis for business people to relax.

Parks near downtown are also often used as places to relax on weekday evenings and holidays. Typical parks include Hibiya Park, Ogawa Plaza, Kandabashi Park, Wadakura Fountain Park, and Kitanomaru Park.

Parks In Chiyoda

1310101001_01 Hibiya Park (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

 

1310101003_01 Ogawa Plaza (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

 

1310101005_02 Kandabashi Park (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

 

1310101006_01 Wadakura Fountain Park (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

 

1310101002_01 Kitanomaru Park (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

 

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