Tokyo Walks: Yoyogi Park

Spacious park great for picnics and a day off

By Elena Lisina    - 1 min read

When the day is warm and sunny, it’s a pity to waste it staying indoors. I always spend it outdoors. One of my favorite places in Tokyo is Meiji Jingu and Yoyogi Koen. The park is free and is open till late in the night.

Yoyogi Park, or Yoyogi Koen, is one of Tokyo’s largest city parks featuring lawns, ponds, and forest areas. It is a great place for jogging, picnicking and other outdoor activities. It’s famous for its ginkgo tree forest, which turns intensely golden in autumn. Before becoming a city park in 1967, the area where Yoyogi Park is located served as the site of the Olympic Village for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964.

It’s really nice just to sit down or lie on the grass and listen to the birds. I have a thing for trees, and there are lots of amazing trees in Yoyogi park. Forming trees is an important part of Japanese garden culture.

Yoyogi Park is a 5-minute walk from Harajuku Station on the Yamanote Line, JR. It is located next to Meiji Jingu.

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo!