Taito Ward is located slightly northeast of the center of Tokyo’s 23 wards. The Sumida River flows through the east side of the ward, serving as the ward boundary with Sumida Ward on the opposite bank.
It is also characterized by its southern border with the Kanda River near its confluence with the Sumida River. Throughout the Edo period, the area was known as one of the oldest urban areas in Tokyo, and Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa is a historic temple representing Japan with a long history of 1,400 years since its construction.
The wholesale district in the Asakusa-bashi area, which survived the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and World War II, still retains the chic atmosphere of the Taisho and early Showa eras. The wholesale district in the Asakusabashi area, which was destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and World War II, still retains the stylish atmosphere of the Taisho and early Showa eras.
The area of the ward is the smallest among the 23 wards, and in general, it has strong cultural and commercial elements. In recent years, Kan-eiji Temple, the Ueno Park area, and the streets of Yanaka were selected by the Foundation for Preservation of Ancient Capitals as one of the “100 Most Beautiful Japanese Historical Climates” as an example of well-preserved beautiful Japanese historical climates for the next generation in Japan.
Currently, the National Museum of Western Art and other museums are being sought to be registered as World Heritage sites. The district is a historic district with many important cultural properties of national importance, such as the Tokyo National Museum Hyokeikan and the Tokyo National Museum.
The parks in Taito City, which have a strong cultural component, are only noticeably large in scale due to the small area of the district, but some are so large that it is impossible to visit them all in one day. Ueno Onshi Koen (Ueno Onshi Park) and Kuramae Koen (Kuramae Park) are representative parks.
Ueno Onshi Park
Located in Ueno, Taito-ku, this park is known for its cherry blossoms and Shinobazu Pond, also known as the Cultural Forest, and is commonly referred to as Ueno Park.
The park is home to many cultural facilities, including the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Western Art, the National Museum of Nature and Science, and the Ueno Zoo, as well as a statue of Takamori Saigo by sculptor Koun Takamura.
Kuramae Park in Taito Ward, Tokyo, is self-managed by the Kuramae Central Town Council and the former Kuramae San Town Council. It is a lush park with green trees, a lawn, and flowerbeds. There is no playground equipment.