There are many parks and gardens located throughout the city center of Tokyo. Just outside of Tokyo are many National parks with some of the most awe-inspiring sights you will ever experience. Rose gardens, flower, and other dedicated green space, make you feel like you are in a rural treasure in the middle of the big city. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, there is no shortage of green space for you to explore. Weekly events are available for the city locals.

Yoyogi Park

Address 2-1-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0052Map
Description If you are looking for a park in the centre of Tokyo to visit, Yoyogi Park is the perfect place. It is one of Tokyo’s largest parks, with an area of 134 acres. The park is very popular with both tourists and local residents, attracting vast numbers of people each Sunday for a rock music gathering. During the spring months, the park beautifully bursts into a sea of cherry blossom flowers, common in Japan.

Shinjuku Gyoen

Address 11 Naitocho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0014Map
Description Originally the garden of the Nait? family during the Edo period of Japanese history, Shinjuku Gyoen is a large garden in the centre of Tokyo. The gardens are now under the authority of the Japanese government, and have become one of the most visited parks in the city. The gardens are well-known for blending three distinct types of garden: traditional Japanese, French formal and English landscape. An admissions fee of 200 yen is charged for adults, with a 50 yen charge for children.

Ueno Park

Address 3-chome, ikenohata, Taito-ku TokyoMap
Description Having been created in 1873, Ueno Park’s grounds were formerly owned by the Kan'ei-ji Temple. The park attracts the largest number of visitors each year, with over 10 million tourists flocking to see the beautiful cherry blossom and almost 9,000 trees. Various national museums are housed in the grounds of the park, such as the Tokyo National Museum (a museum dedicated to Japanese heritage), the National Museum of Western Art and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.

Showa Kinen Park

Address 3173 Midori-cho Tachikawa City Tokyo 190-8558Map
Description For a small entrance fee, Showa Kinen Park provides an excellent 11 kilometre bicycle track, with bike rentals available for another charge. During Christmas time the park displays one of Japan’s best set of Christmas lights, and there is an outdoor barbeque area which is popular with tourists in the summer months. There are free courts for croquet, lawn bowls and petanc, as well as areas for unicyclists. This is the ideal park for sports and exercise enthusiasts in the centre of Tokyo.

Hibiya Park

Address 1-6 Hibiya-Koen Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo 100-0012Map
Description Hibiya Park is the magnificent green belt right in the middle of Tokyo. A massive expanse of parks and leafy gardens, Hibiya Park stretches all the way from the Imperial Palace right the way to the Kasumigaseki Government district all the way in the west. It cuts through the Shinabshi district and was once the very grounds used for army maneuvers during the Mejii period, but is now a popular public park and enjoyed for many outdoor concerts and picnics.

Yumenoshima Park

Address 2-1-2 Yumenoshima koto-ku,Tokyo 136-0081Map
Description Originally a trash landfill site, Yumenoshima Park is now one of Japan’s most beautiful parks. The park features a tropical greenhouse, a wide expanse of cherry trees, athletic track and displays the Daigo Fukuryu Maru fishing boat which was contaminated by nuclear fallout in the 1950s. In addition to the multi-purpose athletics track there are six baseball fields, as well as a sports centre. The BBQ field is absolutely free to use, but slots must be reserved.

Kiba Park

Address 4-6-1Hirano Koto-ku,Tokyo 135-0023Map
Description Located just an eight minute walk from Kiba Station (part of the Tokyo Metro Line), Kiba Park is built for athletics and sports. There are multiple tennis courts and running tracks, as well as spaces built to hold all types of events throughout the summer months. Admission to the park is free, although visitors to the Museum of Contemporary Art, which is housed in Kiba Park and includes exhibits from Warhol and Lichtenstein, must pay a small admissions fee.

Inokashira Park

Address 1-18-31 Gotenyama Musashino City,Tokyo 180-0005Map
Description The park features a small petting zoo and aquarium, combining both a tranquil atmosphere during the off-peak months with the busy hustle and bustle typical of Tokyo in the tourist season. There is a shrine to the Hindu goddess Benzaiten (Japanese name), inside a traditional Japanese temple. One of the main attractions that Inokashira boasts is the annual Kichijoji Music Festival, which brings choirs and brass bands to the park for a week every April.

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