The natural spaces of Ota City Ward feature some fantastic parks and gardens. Bordered in the south by the Tamagawa River, many of the city's green open spaces can be found along the river. However, even away from the river there are some lovely locations to be had. Here is an introduction to some of the parks and gardens that can be found in Ota and how to reach them.

Denenchofu Seseragi Park

A nice park full of lush foliage with ponds and walking trails, Denenchofu Seseragi Park comes with a slew of steep enough stairways that can turn the park into a surprisingly decent location for a mini-hiking workout. A small waterfall adds to the outdoor charm while the maples and cherry blossoms give it some lovely seasonal colour.

A 1-minute walk from Tamagawa Station on the Tokyu Tamagawa Line.

Denenchofu Seseragi Park (Photo: <a href="https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%95%E3%82%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%AB:%E7%94%B0%E5%9C%92%E8%AA%BF%E5%B8%83%E3%81%9B%E3%81%9B%E3%82%89%E3%81%8E%E5%85%AC%E5%9C%92.jpg" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Xinbox777 / PD-self</a>)
Denenchofu Seseragi Park (Photo: Xinbox777 / PD-self)

Heiwa no Mori Park

Another of Tokyo's parks dedicated to peace, Heiwa no Mori Park is home to an incredible 40-piece obstacle course challenge that is great fun for children and their parents. In contrast to the action, the park's bottle gourd-shaped pond, picnic areas and walking trails also make it a great destination for a relaxed stroll.

A 6-minute walk from Heiwajima Station on the Keikyu Main Line.

Heiwa no Mori Park (Photo: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%E5%A4%A7%E7%94%B0%E5%8C%BA%E7%AB%8B%E5%B9%B3%E5%92%8C%E3%81%AE%E6%A3%AE%E5%85%AC%E5%9C%92_-_panoramio.jpg" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">koji_h / CC BY 3.0</a>)
Heiwa no Mori Park (Photo: koji_h / CC BY 3.0)

Shoto-en Garden

An absolutely beautifully landscaped traditional Japanese garden, Shoto-en Garden is connected with the famous Ikegami Honmonji Temple. Dating back to the 17th century, the garden is only open to the public on special occasions. Teahouses, ponds, bridges, statues and an ever changing view, however, make it a must visit when the opportunity arises.

A 15-minute walk from Ikegami Station on the Ikegami Line.

Shoto-en Garden (Photo: <a href="http://blog.livedoor.jp/ceres23/archives/52020870.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Image by セレス</a>)
Shoto-en Garden (Photo: Image by セレス)

Tamagawadai Park

A touch of history with its two ancient 4th century kofun burial mounds, Tamagawadai Park sits along the banks of the Tama River. Its riverside location makes it a lovely place to watch the cherry blossoms during spring. The park also features a mountain grass walking path as well as a botanical and hydrangea garden.

A 1-minute walk from Tamagawa Station on the Tokyu Tamagawa Line.

Tamagawadai Park (filtered) (Photo: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%E5%A4%9A%E6%91%A9%E5%B7%9D%E5%8F%B0%E5%85%AC%E5%9C%92_-_panoramio_(5).jpg" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">珈琲牛乳 / CC BY 3.0</a>)
Tamagawadai Park (filtered) (Photo: 珈琲牛乳 / CC BY 3.0)