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Tetsugakudo Park

A municipal park catered to philosophy enthusiasts
Opening Hours 1 March – 30 June: 8am – 6pm; 1 July – 31 August: 7am – 6pm; 1 – 30 September: 8am – 6pm ; 1 October – 30 November: 9am – 5pm; 1 December – 29 February: 9am – 5pm (park is closed 29 – 31 December)

Meiji-era philosopher Enryo Inoue founded this park in 1904 as a sanctuary for self-cultivation. The Shiseido building is dedicated to Confucius, the Buddha, Kant and Socrates, and was originally known as the Tetsugakudo (House of Philosophy), thus providing the park’s name. The various buildings and sculptures are all physical manifestations of the spirit world, inviting visitors to embark on a journey of enlightenment and discovery.

Transport 12-minute walk from the North Exit of Araiyakushi-mae Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line
+81 3 3951 2515
1-34-28 Matsugaoka, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 165-0024

1. This traditional wooden shrine memorialises four famous philosophers – Confucius and Buddha from the East, and Socrates and Kant from the West.

2. A red hexagonal tower pays tribute to six Asian sages, two each from China, Japan and India.

3. Every aspect of the park celebrates philosophy, including this serene triangular stone pavilion dedicated to three Japanese scholars.

4. The sound of water and the smile of a stone Buddha statue offers a relaxing spot to sit and meditate.

5. Even the design of the park’s gate encourages you to pause and think.

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