TOKYO | Yoyogi Park is one of Tokyo’s largest parks, conveniently located next to Meiji Jinju (Meiji Shrine). It’s actually only been a park since 1967. Prior to this it served many purposes – as main Olympic village and the Yoyogi National Gymnasium for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, as the “Washington Heights” barracks for U.S. officers during the Allied occupation of Japan, as a military parade ground, and as the site of Japan’s first successful powered aircraft flight.
Today the park provides respite to those in the hectic city that surrounds it. In Spring, people can see the park’s cherry blossoms, and in Autumn its ginko trees turn a vibrant golden brown. People gather in the park, especially on weekends for all sorts of activities. Think music fans, jugglers, comedians, martial arts clubs, cosplayers and other subculture and hobby groups.
For a quieter Yoyogi experience, head to the north and west sections of the park, past the fountain pond and central field, where people lie and relax.
2-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya-ku
Telephone: 03 3469 6081
Mon – Sun: Open 24 hours.