For some, Tokyo is the centre of the world but for Tokyo, its centre turns out to be Koganei City. Home to a swathe of natural spaces including nature reserves and one of the most popular park destinations in Tokyo the city is full of publc spaces. Here is an introduction to some of the parks and gardens of Koganei and how to reach them.
With its easy access to the station, Kajino Park offers plenty of open space making it ideal for a bit of ball sport action or even kite flying when the wind is right. However, the secret appeal of the park can be found come the autumn season. The park's grove of gingko trees comes alive, providing a beautiful display of autumn colour.
A 5-minute walk from Higashi-Koganei Station on the JR Chuo Line.
Home to some two thousand cherry blossom trees, Koganei Park is one of the most popular parks in Tokyo come the spring. With its children's playground, full-sized steam locomotive display and weekend flea markets, the park is also happily accessible throughout the year. A lovely open-air museum and a former Crown Prince palace only adds to the appeal.
A 12-minute walk Hana-Koganei Station on the Seibu-Shinjuku Line.
Nature Observation Garden
Resting in the city's northern section of Nogawa Park lies the Nature Observation Garden. A protected area complete with several ponds and featuring an abundance of wild flora and fauna, the garden comes to life during the blooming seasons. Walking trails, the Nogawa River and play areas for children really add to the natural appeal.
A 15-minute walk from Shin-Koganei Station on the Tamagawa Line.
An oasis of the natural world with a gorgeous little pond seated within a forest grove setting, Yokuonkan Park is one of the many local parks to be found within the city. Featuring beds of azaleas, hydrangeas and wisterias, the park is a beautiful montage of colour making it a nice place to experience the changing of the seasons in a local setting.
A 19-minute walk from Higashi-Koganei Station on the JR Chuo East Line.