Have you ever been to one of Tokyo’s largest natural parks or particularly to Showa Memorial Park? If you haven’t, then you need to read this post.
Whether you are a tourist who plans to visit Tokyo and still looking for more activities to do in Tokyo, or even if you are a foreigner who has been living in Japan for quite some time, this park is a good choice if you need to escape from your tiring daily routine!
In Japan, one common thing that you can find almost in every part of the city is the existence of parks. Tokyo is no exception. You can find many parks in every part of this city. From the biggest one to the smallest one. In the park, you can do a lot of activities from picnics with your family to just sitting on a bench while reading a book.
Showa Memorial Park or Showa Kinen Park is a national government park established in 1983. Being an expansive facility that occupies 1.49 square kilometers of land, this park is the home to many beautiful flowering plants that will give you outstanding scenery especially during the spring and fall season.
With the vast area provided by this park, you will get to choose between strolling or cycling around the park while enjoying the beautiful scenery, or you can even enjoy your time near the small lake.
Famous for the ginkgo trees, Showa Memorial Park is best for a visit during the fall season. The beauty of the autumn foliage should not be missed! You can see a yellow carpet made from yellow ginkgo leaves that fell to the ground.
As you walk further into the park, the scenery will slowly change from yellow to red.
However, it doesn’t mean that this park is not worth to visit during other seasons. During the spring, you can enjoy sakura as well as tulips. Bring your picnic mat and experience Japanese ‘Hanami’ culture in this park. Jot down on your notepad that during the spring season, a flower festival is always held in this park!
As for the summer, there are also a lot you can do here. The Rainbow Pool is open in mid-summer from July to September. You can also bring your kids here to join the educational activities or just bring them to play in the kids playground area.
During the winter, although you can’t enjoy either sakura or ginkgo, it doesn’t mean that this park can’t provide you with some entertainment. You can enjoy the beautiful winter illumination in the cold months.
Situated in Tachikawa, a city located in western part of Tokyo, Showa Memorial Park is around 50 minutes from Shinjuku Station and can be reached by taking the JR Chuo Line. This park is located within walking distance from Tachikawa Station.
Since the park is located in Tachikawa, you can visit many other interesting places nearby and also you can try taking the monorail. Compared to other parks, Tachikawa Showa Memorial Park is a good alternative due to its many facilities and offers at just 410 yen per person!
Upcoming Event in Showa Memorial Park:
Flower Festival 2016 from March 17, 2016 (Thursday) until 22 May 2016 (Sunday).