Kitanomaru Park at a glance
Kitanomaru Park occupies what was once Edo Castle’s northern citadel and, in addition to having some interesting museums, it is a great place for a stroll and picnic. The park is most beautiful in early April when the sakura trees (and hanami sessions) on Chidorigafuchi path along the Imperial Palace moat go into full-bloom.
In addition to being one of the most popular places to view Japanese cherry blossoms in Tokyo, the park is also home to several good attractions. The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo has some of Japan’s best works by both Japanese and foreign artists. Visitors can enjoy traditional Japanese crafts made by both contemporary masters and those of the past at the Crafts Gallery. To the north of the Crafts Gallery lies the Nippon Budokan martial arts center. The Science Museum is popular with school trips and has many interactive displays.