Tokyo Yoyogi Park
Yoyogi Kōen is another large park in the city of Tokyo, with open picnic grounds, jogging tracks, ponds, and wooded areas. Compared with Shinjuku Gyoen, it has only a modest number of cherry trees, but is still beautiful during spring. It is well known for its forest of gingko trees, which is particularly striking in the fall season when all of the foliage turns a vibrant golden color.
Located next to Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi Kōen became a public park in 1967, after serving as the site for the 1964 Olympic Village, when the Summer Games were held in Tokyo. Before that time, it housed personnel from the US military.
Getting to Yoyogi Kōen
The park is situated next to Meiji Shrine and is only a short walk from Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line.
Opening Hours/Admission Fees
The park has free admission and is open 7 days a week, from 5:00 until 20:00 (17:00 between mid October and April).
Because of its proximity to great nightlife, shopping and several subway lines, this is a popular area. The Tokyu corporation owns three of the largest hotels here, all with close proximity to trains. If you are looking for low budget accommodation, however, you would be better placed going to Shinjuku.