Parks and Japanese Gardens
Find out about the parks and gardens in Tokyo...
There are over 40 parks and Japanese gardens spread throughout the Tokyo Metropolitan area. These green spaces provide an area to relax, away from the concrete that dominates much of the city. Some of the more popular ones are listed below:
Hama-Rikyu Onshi Teien Park: This garden used to be owned by a Japanese feudal lord and is located next to the Sumida river. It is open every day except between 29 December and 1 January. There is a small admission fee.
- At: 1-1 Hama-rikyu Teien, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Kasai Rinkai-koen Park: This park has a man-made beach, aquarium, bird observatory and a giant Ferris wheel 117m high.
- At: 6 Rinkai-cho, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03 5696 1331
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens: This urban oasis was designed using a Chinese landscape design. The gardens feature a pond with Indian lotuses. It is open every day except between 29 December and 1 January. There is a small admission fee.
- At: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Kokyo Higashi Gyoen Garden (Imperial Palace East Garden): This vast garden covers over 210,000 square metres and features a Japanese style garden from the Edo period (approximately 1600-1850). The park is closed on Mondays and Fridays, unless it is a national holiday. It is also closed between 28 December and 3 January.
- At: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Odaiba Seaside Park (website in Japanese): Park situated on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay. There is a beach; however, swimming is not allowed. It has a fountain and a ¼ size replica of the Statue of Liberty.
- At: 1-4-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03 5500 2455
Rikugien Gardens: A large park landscaped with a design from the Japanese Edo period (approximately 1600-1850 era). It features ponds, and a teahouse. It is open every day except between 29 December and 1 January.
- At: 6-16-3 Hon-komagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (near Komagome train station)
Tel: 03 3941 2222
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden: This large park covers more than 58 hectares and combines three different landscaping styles - French formal style, Japanese, and British style. There is a small admission fee and visitors can enjoy a Japanese tea ceremony for an additional charge.
- At: 11 Naitou-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0014
Tel: 03 3350 0151
Showa Kinen Park: Spacious park offering many activities including pedal boats, forest walks, bicycling, croquet and other outdoor games.
- At: 3173 Midori-cho, Tachikawa city, Tokyo 190-8558
Tel: 042 524 1516
Ueno Koen Park: This is the largest park in Tokyo and contains several museums, temples, shrines, ponds and the Ueno zoo.
- At: 5-20 Ueno-Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
Tel: 03 3828 5644