It may serve as one of the Tokyo's busiest transportation hubs but the green spaces of Shinagawa City Ward are the perfect reminder of the city's gentler side. From huge expanses of green to more personalised locales of manicured prettiness, the city has a space for everybody. Here is an introduction to some of the parks and gardens of Shinagawa and how to reach them.
Bunko no Mori Park
A large lawn area and a centrepiece pond lined with cherry blossoms, Bunko no Mori Park almost combines with the neighbouring Togoshi Park to create a lovely manicured public space to rest and relax. The bridge across the water provides a nice vantage point to take in the views while the walking trails surrounding the pond make for a pleasant stroll.
A 5-minute walk from Togoshi-koen Station on the Tokyu Oimachi Line.
Oifuto Central Seaside Park
A huge public space, Oifuto Central Seaside Park is loaded with sports and athletic fields. Located as it is along the Keihin Canal, the park's water views give it an open-air feeling while the picnic areas are great for a day out with family and friends. Dedicated areas for fishing make a visit here nice and relaxing.
A 6-minute walk from Oikeibajo-Mae Station on the Tokyo Monorail.
Rinshi no Mori Park
Filled with walking trails amongst its several hundred trees, Rinshi no Mori Park began life as a research centre but is now a great place for a nature walk and some good old fashioned bird watching. A pond complete with turtles and carp, and the addition of a couple of children's playground makes the park a nice respite from the outside world.
A 10-minute walk from Fudomae Station on the Tokyu Meguro Line.
Shinagawa Kumin Park
The superbly designed Shinagawa Kumin Park is literally packed to the brim with places to enjoy. A dedicated BBQ area, an aquarium well-suited to the children as well as a huge man-made lake featuring traditional Japanese garden elements really complement the natural flora in full bloom, particularly during the spring and autumn.
An 6-minute walk from Omorikaigan Station on the Keikyu Main Line.