Asukayama Park is owned by Kita Ward and well known as one of the best spots for cherry blossoms viewing. As one of the Kyoho Reform(Kyoho: 1716-1736) launched by the 8th Shogun Yoshimune Tokugawa, the park was maintained as a playground for citizens. In 1720 and 1721, 1270 cherry tree were planted in the ground, and still visitors can enjoy 650 trees.
After the Meiji Restoration, the area was designated as one of the the five first public parks. Eiichi Shibusawa, one of the most successful business owners in Japan built his second house at the south east area of the park.
By the way, Yama means “mountain” in Japanese and Asukayama is a small hill. However it’s lower than the lowest mountain in Tokyo called “Mt. Atago.” and is not formally recognized as a mountain.