Meiji Jingu Shrine (明治神宮) is one of the most popular shrines in Tokyo and is a must see for anyone visiting Tokyo. Not only is this shrine easy to access via train to Harajuku Stati Read more [...]
Yoyogi Park is one of the largest parks in Tokyo and given its central location this is amazing. The green space of Yogogi Park joins together with the forest that surrounds Meiji Shrine to create a very large green space in a city where space is a real premium.
The park is famous for the activities that frequently occur on the weekend such as flea and farmers markets. On Sundays there are often bands, performers and buskers. Of particular fame are the rockabilly dancers and performers, but there also Japanese rock bands. On Sunday afternoons there is often cosplayers, however most of this activity occurs just outside the park in front of Meiji Shrine on the bridge next to Harajuku Station.
Today Yogogi Park features a water scenery section with three fountains, the tallest is 30m high. There is a bike bath and bikes can be rented within the park. In late March and the first two weeks of April there is cherry blossom when the park is filled with thousands of people having hanami parties.
Yoyogi Park History
The park has an interesting history. It is the site of the first powered flight of an aircraft in Japan. There is monument to this event in the park that occurred in 1910. From September 1945 the park was the site of a USA Officers military barracks until close to the end of the Allied occupation. During the 1964 Tokyo Olympics the park was the site of the main athletes village. Today the Yoyogi National Gymnasium still remains in the park from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.