Have you ever heard of the Roka Koshun-en Park (蘆花恒春園)?
The Roka Koshun-en Park (蘆花恒春園) is located in Setagaya, Tokyo, (世田谷区, 東京) and it is a place that is a significant monument of a famous writer from the Meiji era (明治時代).
The park was named after the writer Roka Tokutomi (Kenjirō Tokutomi (徳富 健次郎)), who lived in the area of the park from February 27, 1907. In 1927, Roka Tokutomi (徳冨 蘆花) passed away, and from then on, the park became a property of the Japanese government.
It is about 15 minutes walk from the nearest bus stop “Ashioka Park,” or “Hachiman-yama.”
The entrance to the park, and to the memorial area (蘆花記念館) is free, and the visitors are allowed to stay until 16:30 (16:00 for the buildings, and memorial area). After entering the foreground, take off your shoes and pick up one of the (specially prepared for the visitors ) slippers. Inside the house, the visitors are allowed to walk with slippers only.
It is a stunning ancient Japanese building, and as you walk in the building, you feel like you were flying back in time to the old Japanese times.
Inside the house, in some rooms, and the Roka Memorial Hall there are personal belongings of the writer, like books, scrolls, poems, and so on.
Roka Tokutomi’s grave is located near to the house inside the park. He was buried next to his wife.
Beside the house, the park is also gorgeous, and there are plenty of places for dog walking, and relaxation. For the children, there is a playground, and to spend some quality time in the park, there is a huge, breathtaking garden.
However unfortunately during the restorations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic, the garden is closed. Therefore I was not able to enter the garden, which I was disappointed about since the garden is one of the best things in the park.
In the park, you can find different flowers and plants in every season like cherry trees, tulips, sunflowers, plum trees and so on.
There is also a few events in the park, and the park area is decorated according to the events, and seasons like the “Flower Hill Festa” (花の丘フェスタ), “Crafting Concert” (かやぶきコンサート), and “Flower Literature Seminar” (蘆花文学セミナー) in spring. “Tanabata decoration” (七夕飾り), “Summer vacation parent-child classroom” (夏休み親子教室), “Flower hill festa” (花の丘フェスタ), and “Crowded concert” (かやぶきコンサート) in summer. There is even Christmas illumination, and New Year's decoration in winter.
|Title||Roka Koshun-en Park (蘆花恒春園)|
|Address||1-20-1 Kasuya, Setagaya-ku Tokyo|
|Access||About 15 minutes walk from the nearest bus stop “Ashioka Park,” or “Hachiman-yama.”|