Yoyogi Park (代々木公園) is yet another spacious and popular park in the middle of Tokyo (東京). Together with Ueno Park (上野公園) and Shinjuku Gyoen, it does a very good job of bringing the green into the metropolis.
It wasn’t always like that. Before Yoyogi Park became a public park, it served as a residential space for US military personnel. After that, it was used for the Olympic village for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Since then it has prospered into an amazing set of greenery with the possibility of all kinds of outdoor activities.
The park’s good number of ponds and wells is really nice to look at.
Visiting Yoyogi Park
There are quite a few Cherry trees in the park, making it a nice viewing spot in the season. If you wish to have a picnic under a Cherry tree in Yoyogi park, you better come here early as the place gets packed quickly!
Before entering the park, I recommend checking out the small takoyaki (たこ焼き) place which is located just outside Harajuku Station (原宿駅).
Get yourself some of those for around 600-800 Yen or get one of their desserts! They’re good. 😉
Unlike Shinjuku Gyoen, entry to Yoyogi Park is completely free and it can be visited at any time of the day and week!
How to get to Yoyogi Park
Yoyogi Park is located right next to Meiji Shrine, about 5 minutes of walking from Harajuku Station.
Yoyogi Park is a wonderful place to relax and take a break at.
Arrive in Harajuku, check out the local stores, pay Meiji Shrine a visit and grab yourself something to eat and have a picnic in the park.
That’s exactly what I did with my girlfriend when I came here. And I have nothing but good things to tell you!
It is undoubtedly a lively area to check out the Cherry Blossoms in spring as well.
And if you’re the active type, this is most likely one of the best places to take a jog or ride the bike in the entire city!
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In the next post we are going to take a look at how Christmas is spent in Japan!