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Yoyogi Park

Out of all the parks in Tokyo, Yoyogi Park has the most character; equal parts beautiful, quirky and just plain odd.

Nestled between some of the city’s biggest tourist hotspots, (Harajuku, Shibuya and the Meiji Shrine, to name a few) there’s no excuse not to stop by this iconic park.

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Head to the Harajuku entrance on a Sunday morning to see the well-known rockabilly dancers practice their moves.

When it’s not hosting a world cultural festival or a vegan food fayre, Yoyogi Park offers a calming green-space amidst the general hustle and bustle. Once upon a time, it served as the Olympic Village for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics as well as military barracks. Now, as one of Tokyo’s biggest parks, it lays claims to mini-lakes, stunning water features and miles upon miles of nature instead.

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi is a favorite hangout for buskers, street performers and young couples on afternoon dates.

International meetups and sports clubs often cite it as a location of choice because of its centrality and the park attracts one of the most diverse crowds in Japan, making it ideal for meeting new people to show you around the big T.

Yoyogi Park is famous for its regular weekend festivals. Highlights include the annual Earth Day, Gay Pride, and various food or culture festivals usually kitted out with an event plaza and open-air stage.

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park is hugely popular for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) during spring.

If you want to catch a break from the festival crowds, take a walk around it’s magnificent water feature. Just don’t be surprised when you stumble across a group of breakdancing grandpas (trust us, it happens), young artists spray-painting their subjects and couples enjoying a respite from city life.

Although popular during cherry blossom season, Yoyogi Park hasn’t actually got that many cherry blossom trees. Instead, it is renowned for its Ginko forest which heralds the onset of autumn by liberally splashing the park in shades of gold, red and orange.

Things To Know

Events

Unfortunately Yoyogi Park’s official website is only in Japanese but you can find information about current and past events here: http://www.yoyogipark.info/

How To Get There

By train

Take the JR Yamamote Line to Harajuku Station. From there, Yoyogi Park is less than a 5-minute walk (head left and behind the station). The park is located next to Meiji Shrine.

Where To Stay

Shibuya Creston Hotel
  • Kamiyama-cho 10-8 Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-0047
  • 8.1/10
  • 1.1 km
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Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya-jingumae
  • Jingumae6-24-4 Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-0001
  • 8.8/10
  • 1.2 km
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Shibuya Tobu Hotel
  • Udagawa-cho 3-1 Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-0042
  • 8/10
  • 1.2 km
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HOTEL UNIZO Tokyo Shibuya
  • Udagawa-cho 4-3 Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150-0042
  • 7.8/10
  • 1.3 km
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