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Published on 04.28.2016
Located adjacent to the peaceful Meiji Shrine and boisterous Harajuku Station, Yoyogi Park offers a unique blend of serenity and liveliness at the heart of Tokyo. Blessed with all sorts of natural serenity, the park offers a place of get-away to find a moment of rest to be one with nature in the breeze of the four seasons. The park is also known as a hub of Japanese pop culture, attracting all sorts of unique individuals, from Japanese rock music fans, jugglers, comedians, martial arts clubs, to cosplayers and other subcultural hobby groups.
The First Flight Monument located near the south gate of the park tells the origin of the park, as it is originated from the site where the first successful powered aircraft flight in Japan took place by Captain Yoshitoshi Tokugwa in 1910. After the end of the second world war, in September 1945, the area then came to be known as “Washington Heights,” the military barracks for U.S. officers during the allied occupation of Japan.
During the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, the area housed the main athletes’ village and the Yoyogi Gymnasium, famous for its unique suspension roof designed by Kenzo Tange. After the games, in October 1967, most of the area north of the gymnasium complex and south of Meiji Shrine was turned into Yoyogi Park.
The park is known as the fifth largest park in Tokyo, and the park with the broadest view of the sky. The park is roughly separated by a road into two sections: the forest park section and the stadium section. The forest park section houses the broad grassy field, which is one of the few places in central Tokyo where one can look up the blue sky unobstructed by tall buildings. In spring, thousands of people visit its picnic area to enjoy the cherry blossom viewing. The stadium section houses athletic fields, soccer and hockey fields, and a basketball court.
Visitors can spend hours exploring in the park as it offers a cycling center (where one can rent bikes for just couple hundred yen), dog run, bird sanctuary, and snack hut. Should you wish to get a peak of the entire view of the park, try visiting the observation deck located at the pedestrian bridge linking the forest and facilities section of the park.
Location: Yoyogi-Kamizono-cho, Jinnan 2-chome, Shibuya Ward.
3-minute walk from Harajuku station on JR line or Yoyogi-Koen station on Chiyoda line.
3-minute walk from Meiji-Jingu-mae station on Chiyoda or Fukutoshin line
6-minute walk from Yoyogi-Hachiman station on Odakyu line.
For vehicles, toll parking facilities are available.
Opening hours: 24 hours. No closing days