A relatively short distance from the south exit of JR Ogikubo Station is the supremely tranquil Otaguro Park. The former home of influential classical music critic Motoo Otaguro who introduced key classical composers to a Japanese audience, it’s a beautiful and serene environment perfect for a stroll or as a resting spot.
Many classical musicians live in the Ogikubo area and there are also a plethora of music venues and festivals which take place in the area. The commemorative house, situated in the park, acts as a museum and occasionally as a compact space for music events and concerts.
The park is legendary for its autumn illuminations (to celebrate koyo or the changing color of leaves) which begins at the end of November and lasts for 10 days and draws between 40,000 and 60,000 attendees every year. The park also has an area where cherry blossoms bloom in spring which is also popular with visitors.
One of the most charming points of the park is the pond which is full of incandescent carp and it’s undeniably one of the most Instagram-friendly natural spaces in Tokyo.
The park is lush with nature and many visitors come to take photographs as well as wedding photos and other celebratory events. As Otaguro Park is located in a residential area its atmosphere is hushed and muted but stunning in its ataraxia.
Otaguro Park, then, is a beautiful and tranquil space which embodies the ambience of Ogikubo. The museum space, pond, natural environment and peacefulness makes it an essential spot on any visit to Ogikubo.
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