Birding Tokyo – Imperial Palace East Gardens

I just lately took a enterprise journey to Tokyo and needed to attempt to see a number of the widespread city birds within the world’s largest metropolitan space (pop. 36,000,000+). There are treasured few parks and gardens that seem giant sufficient to assist many species, and I needed to see a number of the sights as nicely (this was solely my second journey to Japan), so I made a decision probably the greatest mixtures of sightseeing and birding was the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace. So that’s the place I went for the primary birding of my journey.

Based on the Wikipedia entry for the East Gardens:

The constructing of the fashionable gardens started in 1961. The backyard is over 210,000 sq. metres. The backyard was accomplished in 1968, and was opened on October 1 that 12 months. It’s been open to the general public except wanted for courtroom functions or public holidays.

A lot of the grounds of the Imperial Palace are closed as a result of it’s the residence of the Emperor of Japan, however the East Gardens are open and free to the general public. Since I solely had one eBird guidelines from my earlier journey and haven’t in any other case birded wherever in Asia, even lots of the commonest birds would nonetheless be new to me.

The Imperial Palace and its East Backyard are close to Tokyo Station and are proper within the heart of the town. The eBird hotspot is “Chiyoda Ward–Imperial Palace–East Gardens” (eBird bar chart) and there have been almost 300 checklists submitted and 91 species have been noticed. That looks as if a remarkably low variety of checklists for such an unlimited metropolis with so many guests. (The traditionally weak yen has made Japan a magnet for international vacationers. Proper now $1 = roughly ¥160.)

Though widespread birds, Oriental Turtle-Dove, Brown-Eared Bulbul, White-Cheeked Starling, and Grey Heron (technically not within the backyard, because it was simply exterior the palace partitions) had been all lifers for me. Giant-Billed Crow was not a lifer, however it’s well-named. (Though the eBird bar charts prompt it was widespread, I didn’t see an Jap Spot-Billed Duck in any respect throughout my go to.)

The gardens are beautiful, and there’s a splendid space referred to as Ninomaru Woods that was planted within the Nineteen Eighties to imitate a then-rural space west of Tokyo that was being misplaced to suburbs.

The Imperial Palace is surrounded by a moat, and a number of the buildings come proper as much as the moat. The varied gates to the Imperial Palace grounds are spectacular.

When you get the grasp of it (use Google Maps), the Tokyo subway system is remarkably environment friendly (and, for People, stunningly clear). Thus, journeys across the space are comparatively fast and straightforward, even when it’s scorching and humid and/or raining, because it was for my journey in late June. The eBird observe reveals how the Imperial Palace grounds are a uncommon spot of inexperienced within the heart of Tokyo. The Fukiage Backyard is to the left of the observe and it incorporates Fukiage Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor. As indicated above, that part is usually closed to the general public.

Throughout my journey, I managed a couple of different fast birding excursions to a number of the different giant parks and gardens (e.g., Meiji Jingu Shrine and Shinjuku Gyoen Nationwide Backyard), although most had been in the course of the day and there have been crowds of individuals. A useful younger Japanese birder identified a Eurasian Goshawk at Shinjuku Gyoen Nationwide Backyard, which was a pleasant shock. An eBird Journey Report is right here (and see beneath). 9 lifers in 5 checklists within the heart of one of many largest metropolitical areas on Earth is fairly good in my guide.

I’ll absolutely make extra enterprise journeys to Tokyo and there are a number of promising hotspots (e.g., Kasai Rinkai Park, which has almost 2,000 checklists and 215 species noticed) that had been too removed from the resort I stayed at this journey. I stay up for returning.

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