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Top 5 Best Green Spaces in Tokyo

Although Tokyo is one of the world’s biggest cities with a huge number of skyscrapers the city has a lot of green spaces also. Formal Japanese gardens dating from Edo Period (1603-1867) are also part of modern Tokyo. Japanese people often to green spaces during holidays when they can enjoy blooming flowers experience.

1)Yoyogi Park 

If it is a place where people from Tokyo like to go out, especially on weekends, it is Yoyogi Park, located in the heart of the capital. Yoyogi park attracts a lot of different people and is always full of life. It is also a beautiful place during the period of the blooming sakura flowers. You can admire the trees and their leaves, offering beautiful colors, and allowing you to take beautiful photos, while picnicking at their feet, and enjoying a Japanese beverage with your friends.

Yoyogi Park

Address: 2-1 Kamizono City, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Prefecture  151-0052
Opening Hours: Always open
Entrance fee: Free

2)Tokyo Imperial Palace

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The Imperial Palace of Tokyo is located in the district of Chiyoda, in the center of the Japanese capital. Surrounded by its original moat, the complex houses the Emperor's current residence called Kokyo, as well as several parks of which only some are open to the public. The classic stroll around the Imperial Palace is limited to its two adjoining public parks:
The eastern gardens with access to 21 hectares from Kitanomaru Park. The outside garden just below, the entrance of which borders Marunouchi is only a few dozen meters from the Tokyo station.

Tokyo Imperial Palace

Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Prefecture  100-8111
Opening Hours: March - August: Open from 9:o0 a.m to 5:00 p.m September - October: Open from 9:o0 a.m to 4:30 p.m November - February: Open from 9:o0 a.m to 4:00 p.m
Entrance fee: Free

3)Ueno Park

Ueno Park is a large public garden located in the Taito district, northeast of Tokyo. Including a zoo as well as several museums and temples, the walk through the park is a major attraction of the capital, even more in spring when the paths pink at the cherry blossoming. But it is certainly in early spring, during the flowering of Japanese sakura trees that the park is transformed. It then becomes one of the most popular cherry blossom spots in Tokyo, where the rows of trees tinged with a bright pink overhang the inevitable blue tarpaulin on which the Japanese spend a good time.

Ueno Park

Address: 5-20  Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo Prefecture  110-0007
Opening Hours: Always open
Entrance fee: Free

4)Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a large park located to the west of Tokyo, between the stations of Shinkuju and Sendagaya. Formerly a residence of the Naito family, it is now very popular with tourists and Tokyoites. It consists of three gardens of Japanese, English and French style and also counts 1,500 beautifully flowered cherry trees in the spring. In spring Shinjuku Gyoen becomes one of the best places in the city to see cherry blossoms. There is also a wonderful greenhouse which is open from 9:30 until 16:00. The last admission is 16:00. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a haven of peace and relaxation for anyone wanting to escape from the city for a few moments. 

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Address: 11 Naito City, Shinjyuku-ku, Tokyo Prefecture  160-0014
Opening Hours: Open from 9:o0 a.m to 4:00 p.m
Entrance fee: Adult:200 Yen Child (Middle School age):50 Yen

5)Koishikawa Kōrakuen Garden

Koishikawa Korakuen is a Japanese garden located near the Tokyo Dome, in the Bunkyo district, in the heart of the capital of Japan. Imagined by the Mito branch of the Tokugawa family at the beginning of the Edo period (1603-1867), the walk around the main pond is magnificent in all seasons and especially in the autumn for the contemplation of red leaves.
This traditional zen garden is the oldest in Tokyo and one of the seven sites in Japan with both the status of "remarkable place for the beauty of its landscape" and "remarkable historical site" according to the law of protection of cultural property.

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Address: 1-6-6, Koraku, Bunko-ku, Tokyo Prefecture  112-0004
Opening Hours: Open from 9:o0 a.m to 4:00 p.m
Entrance fee: Adult:200 Yen Child (Middle School age):50 Yen

Let's take breaks and relax for the rest of your trip in Japan!

Tokyo is a very modern city but also bears a traditional aspect which is not very obvious at first sight. You can find a lot of green spaces in Tokyo and you will be surprised to see how many national treasures there are in those places.

Passing from the modern buildings to the traditional parks instantly is something that only Tokyo allows you to experience.

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