These days, roof-top garden is not so surprising. But I happened to visit a “garden in the sky” which was quite unique. It is Meguro Sky Garden. This garden is over Ohashi Junction which connects Metropolitan Expressway and Central Circular Expressway (Chuo Kanjo-sen). Whaaaat? The garden over the expressways? What kind of structure is this after all?
First, the garden in the sky looks like this. It is a large-scale roof-top garden. At this time, there are many autumn plants such as silver grasses and bush clovers.
Of course, there is no trace of junction or expressways. Then where are they?
In order to go to the garden in the sky, you have to go up to the third floor of a structure of the junction. That “structure” is actually a loop of the expressway connecting the road high above and the underground tunnel of Metropolitan Expressway.
Under the structure of the loop, there is a play ground called “O-Path” where people enjoy playing futsal or five a-side.
More Info on Meguro Sky Garden
Address: 9-2 Ohashi 1-chome, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Access: 3-min walk from Ikejiri Ohashi Station of Tokyu Den’en Toshi Line
Walking / Biking: Good for walking. The Meguro River nearby is a famous cherry-blossom-viewing-spot. Good for biking, too. There is a bicycle parking in front of the Junction. First one hour is free of charge. From here, it is easy to go cycling to Daikanyama and Shibuya. Both of them are fun shopping areas.
By the way, this garden in the sky reminds me of High Line in Manhattan, New York. The latter is on the track of disused railroad while the former is over the expressway in use. But both of them make best of transportation live or dead. Luckily, I could find the photos of High Line. This is one of my favourite spots in Manhattan.