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 About the Park

The Showa Kinen Park is part of a series of projects commemorating 50 years reign of the Emperor Showa, and built on the vacant land, which was once the Tachikawa air base, it covers some 180 hectares.
The park has been extending its opening area gradually since 1983 and at present 90% of the area comprising 163 hectares has been opened. Seasona flowers and plants can be seen and large scale events take place throught a year.

 Details about the Showa Kinen Park

Date
Details
1921
Determined as a military air base
Sept. 1945
US army requisitions former Japanese air base
Dec. 1969
Function as US army air base ceases
End 1975
Prime Minister's office reviews a project to commemorate 50 years of the reign of the Emperor Showa
Nov.5,1976
Cabinet meeting approves construction of Showa Kinen Park (provisional name)
Nov.30,1977
Tachikawa Air base is handed back entirely
Mar.16,1978
Basic Study Group set up to discuss basic problems about Showa Kinen Park as a private advisory for the Minister of Construction
Mar.16,1979
Office set up for research into the Showa Kinen Park
Jul.31,1979
Basic Study Group reported fundamental ideology and direction to the Minister of Construction
Nov.19,1979
A Report by the Central Council for National Properties on the outline plans for using the former army base in Tachikawa
Nov.30,1979
Cabinet decision to construct the Showa Kinen Park
Dec.10,1979
Re-organization of Showa Kinen Park Construction Office
Feb.19,1980
The Ministry of Finance approves use of land for proposed park, construction work on park commences
Nov.27,1981
Decision made on urban planning
Feb.16,1982
The Minister of Construction notified proposed land for park
Apr.14,1982
The Minister of Construction approves urban planning
Sep.16,1983
Jurisdiction of land transferred
Oct.26,1983
Inauguration of the Park - ceremony attended by His Imperial Majesty the Emperor Showa (70 hectares opened; Exhibition Plaza, Flower Tree Garden and 'Fields for Everyone')
Jun.28,1985
Opening of Rainbow Pool and the South Gate
Apr.19,1986
Opening of Waterfowl Lake
Jul.11,1986
Opening of Water Playland
Jul.17,1988
Opening of Mountain Stream Area
Oct.10,1988
Opening of Sports Area
Apr.29,1989
Commemorative ceremony to officially mark 'Midori no Hi' (Green Day), attended by Their Imperial Majesties, The Emperor and Empress
Jul.8,1989
Opening of Akishima Gate
Oct.8,1989
Opening of Pitch-and-Putt Golf Course and Outdoor Barbecue Area
Oct.6,1990
Opening of Forest Area and New Sports Area
Oct.9,1992
Opening of Tamagawa Josui Gate, and the entire Children's Forest
Apr.17,1997
Opening of Japanese Garden
Apr.28,1999
The 10th Japan "Green Prefection" Forum attended by Their Imperial Highness, The Prince and Princess.
Dec.17,1999
Opening of a Gentle Slope of the Zanbori River Bank
Apr.27,2001
Opening of Sunagawa Gate
Mar.14,2003
Opening of Nishi Tachikawa Over Bridge
Apr.1,2003
Re-name of Showa Kinen Park Office
Nov.3,2004
Opened Bonsai Garden in Japanese Garden
Nov.27,2005
Opened Green Culture Zone
Oct.13,2007
Opened Komorebi Village


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