The odd chiming clock (Photo: Peter Sidell)

Sunpu Castle Park, Shizuoka City

Take the air in this pleasant, spacious public park

Peter Sidell   - 1 min read

Once the site of Tokugawa Ieyasu's castle, Sunpu Park in the heart of Shizuoka City is now a pleasant, expansive green space for residents and visitors to relax in. There are still some signs of its past - intact turrets and sections of the walls and moat, other remains, a statue of Ieyasu looking stern - and for we modern-day folk there are lawns to stroll around and walk your dogs on, slides and swings for kids to play on, a separate traditional garden to enjoy, and an odd colourful clock that chimes with the "Old Grandfather Clock" song. It's also the main venue for the annual Street Performance World Cup, a four-day festival of international performance. Open from very early to well after dark, it's a good place to walk around slowly, taking the air and getting a break from the downtown bustle.

Peter Sidell

Peter Sidell @peter.sidell

I came to Japan from Manchester, England in 2003, and have travelled a lot since then, around Japan and in Asia. When I'm not working, I write satire and perform stand-up comedy in and around Tokyo. Check YouTube for a taste.