Showa Memorial Park is a suitable weekend activity for families and friends. It gets pretty crowded during summer but the park is so huge, you won't feel it. The main park entrance, Tachikawa gate, is a 5-10 minutes walk from the nearest train station (Tachikawa station). Upon arriving at the entrance, you will see ticket machines that has both Japanese and English instructions. Several staff are stationed near the turnstiles in case visitors need any help. Different parts of the park cater to different interests. Families can head over to the Waterfowl Pond and rent a paddle or row boat. Bicycles are also available for hire. If you want you set up tents, play a game of badminton or fly kites, the Open Field area is best.
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