The Showa Kinen Park or Showa Memorial Park extends over the districts of Akishima and Tachikawa and is the largest park in Tokyo with its almost 1.7 km². During World War II, the place functioned as an air force base and was administered by the USA after the war In 1977 the site was returned to the Japanese government and part of it was converted into a park to commemorate the Emperor of Showa.
The Showa Kinen Park offers the possibility to rent bicycles at the entrance and has an 11km long bicycle route. There is also a lake with rowing boats, small stalls for snacks and drinks and barbecue areas.
The park is particularly popular in autumn, when the leaves change color and you can walk through a corridor made of gold-colored ginkgo trees, and in spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. The many lawns between the cherry trees offer the opportunity to have a picnic there for hanami. In winter, parts of the park are lit for Christmas.
The main park entrance, Tachikawa gate, is a 5-10 minutes walk from the nearest train station (Tachikawa station).
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