Daiba Park

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 "The Jokisen tea that awakens one from a peaceful sleep/With only four cups, the night is sleepless" This comical tanka satirizes the state of strife throughout Edo when an American fleet led by Admiral Matthew Perry appeared in Uraga Channel in June 1853, in the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate.
 However, It was the shogunate itself that was surprised by the arrival of the black ships. The shogunate didn't even have large ships to defend itself from an attack by the foreign warships. So it came up with the idea of building batteries. As a result, it built six batteries off the coast of Shinagawa. However, in the end, they went unused and were neglected. They were known as the Shinagawa Daiba, and their designer was Egawataro Zaemon, the prefectural governor of Nirayama in Izu Province.
 The six batteries lasted until the Showa period, but four were removed as part of maintenance of Tokyo Bay, and only the two best preserved, No. 3 Battery and No. 6 Battery, were designated national historic sites. No. 3 Battery was opened to the public as Daiba Park, and No. 6 Battery became a treasury of plants and wild birds, and has been preserved and made off-limits as a place of great scientific value.

Park Info

Date Opened July 7, 1928
Area When Opened 29,963.40 square meters
Location Daiba Park   10-1 Daiba 1-chome, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Number of trees 590 tall trees
Main Plants Japanese maple, Japanese black pine, Japanese zelkova, cherry (Oshima cherry)
 

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Highlights

The No. 3 Battery was completed in 1854. It was damaged by the Great Kanto earthquake, but was repaired. In 1928 it was refurbished and opened as a park. At the time it was an unconnected island, but through land reclamation it became connected to the main island. It is surrounded by a 5-meter to 7-meter stone wall with an embankment on top of it. On the park's north side are the vestiges of a harbor made of stones, a reminder of the past. In the center of the fort is a barracks called Daiba Shubitai no Kyukeijo (Daiba garrison resting area), but only the foundation stones of the barracks remain. In addition, there are the remains of an explosives warehouse and an ammunition storehouse, both essential to defense.

History of Shinagawa Batteries (Daiba)

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No. 6 Battery

The No. 6 Battery was completed in November 1854. It is still unconnected to the main island and entry is prohibited. So it has become a treasury of plants and wild birds, and is said to have great scientific value. If you climb onto the embankment of Metropolitan Daiba Park, you can get an excellent view of the No. 6 Battery as well as the sprawling Tokyo Bay and its scenery.

  

History of Shinagawa Batteries (Daiba)

No. 6 Battery

The Rainbow Bridge

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Construction of the Rainbow Bridge began in 1987 and it opened on Aug. 26, 1993. The bridge is 798 meters long and its girders extend 52 meters above the surface of the water. From the embankment of Metropolitan Daiba Park you can get a close view of the scenery of Tokyo Bay.

The elegant appearance of the Rainbow Bridge, a symbol of Odaiba, from Odaiba Kaihin Park has yet another kind of appeal.

And watercraft including passenger boats and pleasure boats pass under the Rainbow Bridge right before your eyes.

Cherry Blossoms

You can enjoy the sight of Oshima Cherry blossoms, which form a blanket of white, throughout March.

  

Directions

New Transit Yurikamome

New Transit Yurikamome
Directions from principal stations
Take New Transit Yurikamome to Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station. It is a 12 minute walk from the station.

Toei Bus

Take the Toei Bus (Niji 01 system) from JR Hamamatsucho Station.
Take a bus bound for Tokyo Big Sight or one bound for Kokusai-Tenjijo Ekimae
or one bound for Telecom Center Ekimae to Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Ekimae. It is a 12 minute walk from the station.

Tokyo Cruise Ship

On the Odaiba Line or Asakusa-Odaiba Direct Line, disembark at Odaiba-Kaihinkoen. It is a 17 minute walk from the station.

Paid parking

Odaiba-Kaihinkoen kitaguchi (north entrance) parking lot
Tel. 03-5500-5672
See the Waterfront Secondary City Center Parking Map page on the Tokyo Teleport Center website.

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10th Floor, Aomi Frontier Building, 2-4-24 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo-to, 135-0064
TEL: 03-3599-7303 (Main Line)

E-mail: somu1@tptc.co.jp