Yoyogi Park is a large park located in the Shibuya Ward of Tokyo. Adjacent to the park is Harajuku Station and the Meiji Jingu Shrine, no wonder Yoyogi Park is a great place for people to gather since the location is very strategic. With lots of cherry blossom trees and wide grassy fields, Yoyogi Park has many beautiful landscapes that is worth the visit every season. Yoyogi Park has become one of Tokyo’s most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing (hanami).
Aside from being a hanami spot, Yoyogi Park is also well-loved as a spacious space for club meetings and practice sessions, or even rehearsals for a show. There are many talented visitors at Yoyogi Park. Furthermore, let’s get closer to know more about Yoyogi Park and what kind of things that it has offered.
In the beginning, Yoyogi Park was used as airplane field where the first successful powered aircraft took flight in Japan in 1910. Later, the area transformed into an army parade ground that housed the military barracks known as the “Washington Heights” for U.S officers during the allied occupation in Japan. When Japan became as the host country for 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics, Yoyogi Park changed its function into housing complex, specially designed for competing Olympic athletes that participate in the events.
To complete the development of the Yoyogi Olympic Housing Complex, a gymnasium was built in the park, which was designed by architect Kenzo Tange. The building has a modern design with a distinct curve within the interior and exterior of the building, which made the building very unique and unlike any other building that has been made before. Inside the building, there are many types of sport facilities included, such as a swimming pool area, and an annex space for basketball.
To the southern side of Yoyogi Park, there is a large area for events to showcase the cultural diversity of international people. Most of the festivals are held during the summer, there is usually more visitors and students during the summer.
During a certain period, any country that is interested in organizing an event at the park is given the opportunity to introduce their culture to locals. Some of the most famous cultural festivals that had many visitors were the Thailand Festival, the Sri Lanka Festival, and the One Love Jamaica.
At the events visitors are able to do various activities that relate to the country’s culture. For example, visitors are able to try local food, buying local products, watch traditional performances, and hang out with the communities and communicate with them to make some new friends.
Spring is one of the best seasons in Japan. Since the weather is getting warmer and the flowers start to blossom, a lot of people tend to go outside to enjoy nature’s beauty. Hanami or cherry blossom viewing parties are one of pastimes that attracted tourists from around the world. With many different spots to see the cherry blossoms, Yoyogi Park is considered one of the best parks to see the beautiful cherry blossoms.
There is over 600 cherry blossom (sakura) trees planted across Yoyogi Park. When the season starts, the park is surrounded with pink petals that fallen from the trees. Apart from hanami, visitors can also enjoy the Spring Festival at Meiji Jingu Shrine, the festival has traditional Japanese dances, theater, and music performances, they even an archery competition with contestants dressed in traditional kimonos.
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Address: 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
4 minute walk from Harajuku Station
4 minute walk from Yoyogikoen Station
Website: Yoyogi Park (Japanese)