Tokyo Parks and Gardens

 

As opposed to the popular belief that Tokyo is a concrete jungle, the city has a lot of green. The best part is that no one has to go far to get to one of these green places, as they are interspersed with the grey skyscrapers throughout the city. Many of them are as big as the localities they are situated in. These large green spaces consist of both parks and gardens, many of which date back to the Edo period.

The parks in Tokyo are of two basic types public and Imperial. The public parks are open to the public and generally do not have opening and closing times. They are very spacious and do not have any kind of restriction on movement. Hence, you can find children running and playing around, young people performing music or holding outdoor classes, or older people resting on the green grass.

Imperial parks are stricter in the sense that there are opening and closing times, have entry tickets, and are mainly situated around a shrine, resort or palace in relation to the Imperial Family. They are much cleaner than the public parks and much more beautiful and amazingly well-maintained. Freedom of movement is only allowed in designated places. Here you will mainly find people enjoying the beautiful scenes, or reading and studying in the peace and quiet of the place.

 

The gardens of Tokyo are similar to the Imperial parks in their beauty, cleanliness, and maintenance. These are more of tourist attractions than places of relaxation. There are two basic types of Japanese gardens - Tsukiyama and Karesansui . The Tsukiyama feature ponds and tiny hills and stones. The hills and stones represent mountains and the pond represents the sea. The Karesansui contain white sand and stones. The white sand symbolizes the sea and the stones represent hills.

 

Both the parks and gardens of Tokyo, besides being places of relaxation for the people of the city, have always been one of the prime attractions for the visitors of Tokyo. The best time to visit these beautiful expanses of green is in April-May when the cherry trees are in full bloom creating some of the most beautiful scenes in the world.

Given below are some of the parks and gardens in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area:

 

 

PARKS:

 

Akatsuka Park

Takashimadaira, Itabashi Ward

8 minutes walk from Takashimadaira Station

Arisugawa Memorial Park

Hiroo, Minato-ku

3 minutes walk from Hiroo Station

 

Hamarikyu Park

Hamarikyu, Chuo-ku

5 minutes walk from Shimbashi Station

Hibiya Park

Hibiiya Koen 1-6, Chiyoda-ku

2 minutes walk from Hibiya Station

 

Higashi Ayase Park

Higashi Ayase, Adachi Ward

1 minute walk from Ayase Station

 

Higashi Shirahige Park

Tsutsumidori, Sumida Ward

7 minutes walk from Kanegafuchi Station

 

Hikarigaoka Park

Hikarigaoka, Nerima Ward

5 minutes walk from Hikarigaoka Station

Inokashira Park

1-18-31 Gotenyama Musashino-shi

3 minutes walk from Kichijoji Station

Johoku Chuo Park

Sakuragawa, Itabashi Ward

15 minutes walk from Kami-itabashi Station

 

Kameido Chuo Park

Kameido, Koto Ward

2 minutes walk from Kameido Suijin Station

 

Kansenen-Koen Park

3-5, Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku

5 minutes walk from Waseda Station

 

Kasai Rinkai Park

Rinkai-cho 6-2-1, Edogawa-ku

1 minutes walk from Kasai Rinkai Koen Station

 

Kiba Park

Kiba and Hirano, Koto Ward

5 minutes walk from Kiba Station

 

Kinuta Park

Kinuta koen 1-1, Setagaya-ku

20 minutes walk from Yoga Station

 

Nakagawa Park

Nakagawa, Adachi Ward

15 minutes walk from Kameari Station

 

Ohjima Komatsugawa Park

Ohjima, Koto Ward

3 minutes walk from Higashiohjima Station

Rinshi No Mori Park

Shimomeguro, Meguro Ward

10 minutes walk from Musashi Koyama Station

 

Roka Koshun-en Park

Kasuya, Setagaya Ward

15 minutes walk from Roka Koen Station

 

Shakujii Park

Shakujiidai, Nerima Ward

7 minutes walk from Shakujii-koen Station

 

Shiba Park

Shiba koen 4-10-17, Minato-ku

2 minutes walk from Shibakoen Station

 

Sumida Park

Mukojima, Sumida-ku

3 minutes walk from Asakusa Station

 

Toyama Park

Toyama, Shinjyuku Ward

15 minutes walk from Shin-okubo Station

 

Ueno Park

Ueno, Taito-ku

Next to Ueno Station

 

Ukima Park

Funado, Itabashi Ward

1 minute walk from Ukima-funado Station

 

Ukita Park

Kitakasai, Edogawa Ward

13 minutes walk from Nishikasai Station

 

Wadabori Park

Omiya, Suginami Ward

15 minutes walk from Nishieifuku Station

Wadakura Fountain Park

Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku

5 minutes walk from Otemachi Station

 

Yokoami-cho Koen Park

Yokoami, Sumida-ku

3 minutes walk from Ryogoku Station

 

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku

5 minutes walk from Yoyogi Station

Yume no Shima Park

3-2, Yume-no-shima, Koto-ku

10 minutes walk from Shin Kiba Station

 

Zenpukujigawa Green Park

Narita, Suginami Ward

15 minutes walk from Nishi-eifuku Station

 

 

GARDENS:

Chinzan-so Garden

10-8 Sekiguchi 2 Chome, Bunkyo-ku

10 minutes walk from Edogawabashi Station

Hama Rikyu Garden

Hamarikyuteien, Chuo-ku

5 minutes walk from Shimbashi Station

Happo-en Garden

1-1-1 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku

5 minutes walk from Shirokanedai Station

 

Imperial Palace East Gardens

Marunouchi

5-10 minutes walk from Tokyo Station

 

Jindai Botanical Garden

5-31-10 Jindaiji-Motomachi, Chofu-Shi

15 minutes walk from Chofu Station

 

Kiyosumi Gardens

3-3-9 Kiyosumi Koto-ku

3 minutes walk from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station

 

Koishikawa Botanical Garden

3-7-1 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku

7 minutes walk from Myogadani Station

 

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku

4 minutes walk from Iidabashi Station

 

Kyu-Furukawa Garden

Nishigahara, Kita-ku

7 minutes walk from Kagome Station

 

Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden

1-4-1 Kaigan Minato-ku

Next to Daimon Metro Station and Hamamatsucho JR Station

Meiji Shrine Outer Garden

Shinjuku-ku

7 minute walk from Gaien-Mae Station

 

Mukojima Hyakkaen Garden

3-18-3, Higashi-Mukojima, Sumida-ku

8 minutes walk from Higashi Mukojima Station

 

Rikugien Garden

Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku

2 minutes walk from Komagome Station

 

Shinjuku Garden

11 Naitou-machi, Shinjuku-ku

5 minutes walk from Shinjuku Gyoemmae Station

 

Tonogayato Garden

2-16 Minamicho, Kokubunji-shi

2 minutes walk from Kokubunji Station

 

Yasuda Garden

1-12-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku

3 minutes walk from Ryogoku Station
 
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