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Moerenuma Park

A forty-minute subway and bus ride northwest of the city centre, Moerenuma Park (モエレ沼公園) is part playground, part sculpture garden, displaying the works of internationally renowned artist Isamu Noguchi. In the giant glass pyramid, with observation decks and a library/lounge, you can peruse English-language books about the artist, who died shortly after completing the masterplan for the park in 1988. With massed plantings of cherry trees, wide lawns, the spectacular Sea Fountain water sculpture and a shallow pebbled bathing beach, the park is popular with local families, and a convivial spot for a picnic.