Walking and the pedestrian environment
October 15, 2006
Cypress Rise (Tokyo)

檜坂 ひのきざか
Hinoki-zaka, Hinoki Cypress Rise

Between Akasaka 6-19 and 9-7

This article is part of the special feature Akasaka on the Rise. Check it out in my Live Maps Collection.

The official description:

Cypress Rise map, 1905
During the Edo Period, the area was called Hinoki Cypress Estate because there were so many Hinoki Cypress trees. This rise went along that estate, which belonged to Mouritei, Lord of Yamaguchi Domain.

Unofficial explanation:

Hinoki Cypress Rise, topHinoki Cypress Rise starts at the bottom just south of Roppongi Avenue (六本木通り, Roppongi Doori), near the Iranian Embassy and Hinoki Town Park (檜町公園, Hinoki-chou Koen). It peaks at the Hinoki-zaka Compound, housing for foreign families related to the nearby embassies. [Photo is from the top of the rise]

Hinoki Town Park roadHinoki Town Park stairsThe estate is currently Hinoki Town Park (檜町公園, Hinoki-chou Kouen] and Tokyo Midtown (東京ミッドタウン, Toukyou Middotaun), which until recently until recently was the Ministry of Defense (防衛庁, Boueichou). [Photos of stairs to the park (now under renovation), and park acess road, which takes the concept of "green streets" a bit too far]

Yamaguchi Domain is now Yamaguchi Prefecture (山口県, Yamaguchi-ken). Mouri Hidemoto was appointed daimyo of Choufu Domain in 1600 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. Choufu was later merged with a neighboring domain to form Yamaguchi. [Photo is from the middle of the rise looking up]

Hinoki Cypress Rise, bottomAnother name for the hillside is Shimizu Rise (清水坂, Shimizu-zaka). [Photo is from the bottom of the rise]

Posted by Rob Ketcherside at October 15, 2006 3:40 AM
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