Tokyo is a city almost completely devoid of green. However, Tokyo has a multitude of parks. This popular “Yoyogi park” in central Tokyo located near the JR Line’s Harajuku or Yoyogi Station, or Tokyo Metro’s Meiji-Jingumae Station, Yoyogi Park is one of Tokyo’s largest parks at 54.1 hectares which occupies the site of Japan’s first successful powered aircraft flight, and later the athletes’ village during the 1964 Olympics. It was officially created as a park in 1967.
The north side is a lush sprawl of trees and greenery where city slickers can take a break from the crush or let their pets roam free at the dog run. The south side has an event plaza and open-air stage that hosts many of Tokyo’s larger festivals, including the annual Earth Day, Thai Festival and One Love Jamaica. The park is open 24 hours, and includes a parking lot. The forest park area is what most people think of when you mention “Yoyogi Park” it’s suitable not only for picnics, but also for other outdoor activities like skating and jogging. Its fields are large and sprawling, so if you just want to sit down and relax, that’s fine, too.
It’s also got cycling plazas for adults and children. Part of Yoyogi’s charm is that it attracts all sorts of fascinating people, who usually hang out at and around the forest park. Yoyogi Park being quite close to Harajuku, a trendy place for both mainstream and alternative fashionistas, you’ll occasionally see those fashionistas in and around the park. So you can definitely feel Japanese fashion culture during walking around. Interesting? Please check it out!