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Parks and Gardens

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Tokyo may not be known as a city with much greenery, but it has several noteworthy parks and gardens, which offer residents and visitors an opportunity to get a break from the concrete:

City Parks

Shinjuku Gyoen
10 minute walk east of Shinjuku Station
Admission: 200 yen
A spacious park with wide lawns, trees and ponds. It also includes a Japanese landscape garden and French style garden. Shinjuku Gyoen is a great cherry blossom spot in spring.
Yoyogi Koen
5 minute walk west of Harajuku Station
Admission: Free
A spacious Western style park with wide lawns, trees and ponds, popular among residents. Yoyogi Park is known for its autumn leaves, especially the golden leaves of the many ginko trees.
Ueno Koen
Next to Ueno Station
Admission: Free
About half a dozen museums, a zoo, a Toshogu Shrine and the Shinobazu Pond are just some of Ueno Park's attractions. Ueno Park is also Tokyo's most notorious cherry blossom party spot.
Imperial Palace East Gardens
5-10 minute walk from Tokyo Station
Admission: Free
The location of the former Edo Castle and part of the current Imperial Palace. Includes massive castle moats, the foundations of the former castle tower and a Japanese landscape garden.
Koishikawa Botanical Garden
5-10 minute walk from Myogadani Station
Admission: 400 yen
Spacious botanical garden maintained by the University of Tokyo, featuring many tree and plant species, as well as a small Japanese landscape garden. Particularly nice during the cherry blossom season.

Japanese Style Gardens

Rikugien
2 minute walk from Komagome Station
Admission: 300 yen
One of the most beautiful, classic Japanese landscape gardens of Tokyo. Dating from the Edo Period, it reproduces landscape scenes from famous poems in miniature. Nice in all seasons.
Koishikawa Korakuen
5-10 minute walk from Iidabashi Station
Admission: 300 yen
Beautiful Japanese landscape garden, representing famous Japanese and Chinese sceneries in miniature. It dates from the early Edo Period and is enjoyable during all seasons.
Hama Rikyu Garden
10 minute walk from Shinbashi Station
Admission: 300 yen
A spacious Japanese landscape garden with former duck hunting grounds alongside Tokyo Bay. The contrast of the garden with the nearby skyscrapers of Shiodome is spectacular.
Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden
Next to Hamamatsucho Station
Admission: 150 yen
A green oasis surrounded by tall buildings, the Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden is a traditional landscape garden with a pond and man made hills. It used to be part of the residence of feudal lords and later an imperial villa.
Kiyosumi Teien
Short walk from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station
Admission: 150 yen
Kiyosumi Teien is a pretty Japanese landscape garden with walking trails around a central pond. Parts of the trails lead over stones placed into the pond.

Nature Parks and Areas

Institute for Nature Study - Nature Reserve
10 minute walk from Meguro Station
Admission: 310 yen
The nature reserve of the Institute for Nature Study is one of central Tokyo's best kept secrets: 200,000 square meters of forests and marshlands that make you believe you are in a national park of Hokkaido.
Todoroki Valley
2 minute walk from Tokyu's Todoroki Station
Admission: Free
Pleasant park extending for one kilometer along a small, wooded valley in the middle of residential Setagaya city ward. At one end of the park stands the atmospheric Todoroki Fudo Temple.
Mount Takao
Takaosanguchi Station, Keio Railways
Admission: Free
Sacred, wooded mountain, 50 minutes by train, west of central Tokyo, but still within the boundaries of the metropolis. It offers various hiking courses, and is particularly nice in autumn.
Mount Mitake
Mitake Station, JR Ome Line
Admission: Free
Part of the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park in western Tokyo. A shrine and hiking opportunities await visitors to the mountain, which can be reached in less than two hours from Shinjuku.

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