One visit to Tokyo and you'll immediately see why it is the home of innovation. From high-tech video games to robot assistants, Tokyo is indeed at the forefront of the future. But even with its continuous pursuit for advanced technology, the city has never forgotten their roots in nature. Perfect for people who wants to breathe from the hustle and bustle of the city, Tokyo made sure that there are still parks around with lush greenery and tranquil spaces. These Tokyo's best will show you that taking a break from the everyday grind of the city is possible and, yes, it's just a walk in the park.
Shinjuku Gyoen is one of Japan's most popular parks. This vast and spacious park used to be a feudal lord's residence in Tokyo, then a place for entertaining guests for the Imperial Family back in 1903, and was finally converted into a public park after it was rebuilt and reopened in 1949. Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the largest parks in Tokyo as it boasts of its three different gardens: Japanese landscape, French garden, and English garden.
Admission: 200 Yen
Ueno Park is also one of the country's largest park and is located right in the heart of the city. Ueno Park is famous for being home to many interesting museums such as the Tokyo National Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Animal lovers will also enjoy their day in this park as it is also home to the Ueno Zoo.
Admission Fee: 300 Yen (Adults) abd 100 yen (18 and under)
Wide lawns, serene water from the pond, and vast forest surroundings - Tokyo's fourth biggest park is the perfect place to simply take a breath and relax the day away. Read a book, jog around or have a picnic with friends - every leisurely activity is welcome in Yoyogi Park. Watch out for the majestic ginko tree forest as it turns golden during autumn.
Admission Fee: Free
Built in the early Edo period, this colorful garden is one of Tokyo's oldest and beautiful gardens. The name Korakuen was inspired from a Chinese poem by Fan Zhongyan where the name signifies "hardship now, pleasure later". Koishikawa Korakuen is beautiful all year-round but is mostly visited during the Fall Season and Cherry Blossom Season.
Admission Fee: 300 Yen (Adult) and 150 Yen (65 and over)
Last but not the least. Containing 1300 trees, the Kinuta Park transforms into a magical cherry blossom haven during the Spring season. If you want a park aside from the tourist-filled parks mentioned above, Kinuta Park will welcome you with its wide spaces, sports field and cycling lanes.
Admission Fee: Free
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