The parks and gardens of Nakano City Ward are a good representation of the area's residential atmosphere. Family-friendly, the natural spaces here feature a pleasant mix of open space, landscaped design and cultural dedication. Here is an introduction to some of the parks and gardens of Nakano and how to reach them.
Arai Yakushi Park
A lovely little landscaped park, the centerpiece of Arai Yakushi Park is its large gourd-shaped pond. The park's play equipment and water area make it nice place for a family visit. The park also features plenty of trees, giving it an almost private and secluded feeling in the middle of the city.
A 6-minute walk from Araiyakushi-Mae Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.
Egota no Mori Park
One of the city's largest, Egota no Mori Park is a nice park to sit back and relax. Good for families, the park is home to a good amount of children's play equipment including a sandbox. There is also a pond and plenty of trees, including a small bamboo grove, while the walking tracks attract plenty of joggers.
A 5-minute walk from Shin-egota Station on the Toei Oedo Line.
Heiwa no Mori Park
A large open area, Heiwa no Mori Park finds time to include a children's play area, water park, pond and stream, workout stations as well as a dedicated arboretum and BBQ area. Popular with both exercise enthusiasts and families, what the park lacks in trees it sure makes up for in space.
A 5-minute walk from Numabukuro Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.
Established by the philosopher Inoue Enryo, Tetsugakudo Park is a memorial to the strength and vitality of philosophy. Home to many Meiji-period structures dedicated to both Eastern and Western sages, the park also features a score of philosopher statues as well as ponds, bridges and Japan's beautiful seasonal foliage.
A 10-minute walk from Araiyakushi-mae Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.