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Shinobazu Pond

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Updated 08/19/2013

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When an inlet of Tokyo Bay receded around the 17th century, Shinobazu became a freshwater pond. Abbot Tenkai, founder of Kan-ei-ji on the hill above the pond, had an island made for Benzaiten, the goddess of the arts. Later improvements included a causeway to the island, embankments, and even a racecourse (1884–93). Today the pond is in three sections. The first, with its famous lotus plants, is a wildlife sanctuary. Some 5,000 wild ducks migrate here from as far away

as Siberia, sticking around from September to April. The second section, to the north, belongs to Ueno Zoo; the third, to the west, is a small lake for boating. In July, the Ueno matsuri (festival) features food stalls and music events in the small at the pond's edge.

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Shinobazu-dori, Taitō-ku, Tokyo, 110-0008, Japan

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily sunrise–sunset

Updated 08/19/2013


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