History of Yoyogi Park
Yoyogi Park is located in Shibuya Ward, which is also known as a town for young people. The park is an oasis of nature that makes it hard to believe that it is in a big city, and it is an urban oasis where you can see all four seasons.
More than 100 years of history have passed since the birth of Yoyogi Park in October 1909 on the site of the former Tokyo Olympic Village. Since the park was established to create forests for Tokyo, it is unique in that one-third of the park is covered with trees. Together with the adjacent Meiji Shrine Forest, the park is the fifth largest metropolitan park in the 23 wards of Tokyo, with an expanse of trees that makes it hard to believe it is located in the big city of Shibuya.
After the Tokyo Olympics, the reforestation plan will be in full swing, and the planting campaign will take about five years. Cherry trees, ginkgo trees, cypresses, and other trees were planted to create a beautiful, eye-catching color, making Yoyogi Park one of the largest parks in Tokyo.
As you enter through Harajuku Gate, the Olympic Memorial Housing is located on the right side. At the time, it was used as a dormitory for the Dutch athletes and is now preserved as a memorial to the Tokyo Olympics.
Nature in Yoyogi Park
In spring, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and the park is a popular hanami spot for many people. The cherry trees in Yoyogi Park are Someiyoshino, a Japanese cultivar of cherry blossoms. The pleasant weather and the beauty of the flowers will make you want to stop for a while.
If you want to enjoy the cherry blossoms, head to the south side of Yoyogi Park. The grassy area known as the “Cherry Blossom Garden” can be reached from the Harajuku Gate near Harajuku Station and the West Gate near Yoyogi-hachiman Station and Yoyogi Park Station. Why not bring your own leisure sheets and food and sit down to enjoy the cherry blossom viewing experience?
North of the central square, Flowerland is a flowerbed space by the clock tower. A white bench is placed at the end of an archway of red roses, making it one of the best places to take pictures. In addition to the brightly colored roses, there are also eucalyptus trees and herbs, making this a gorgeous and vibrant spot.
There is a cycling course in Yoyogi Park where you can rent a bicycle and enjoy cycling around the park. In addition to taking a leisurely stroll and enjoying nature, you can also get on a bicycle and feel the wind directly on your face and enjoy an active lifestyle.
There is a fountain pond in the center of Yoyogi Park, which is a popular spot for people to cool off in the summer. Trees are planted around the park and the colors change with the seasons, allowing you to experience the seasonal flavors. There are benches on the deck overhanging the pond, so you can take a break and watch the fountain.
The observation deck
The observation deck in the south area is a pedestrian bridge with a blue and red dragon on it. From the pedestrian bridge, you can see the buildings over Yoyogi Park and capture the contrast between the energetic nature and the inorganic, yet present buildings.