Top 10 parks and gardens in Tokyo

Discover the best places to go for some fresh air in the capital

While Tokyo is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, its atmosphere remains particularly peaceful and welcoming, in part thanks to its many green spaces. With lots of parks and gardens in the capital, it is easy to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of these parks. Head just outside of Tokyo, and you will also find lush nature that is often overlooked.

The must-see parks

Even in the heart of Tokyo, you can easily find areas of wild nature. If you are passing by the busy Shinjuku or Shibuya districts, don't miss the Meiji Jingu Shrine and Yoyogi Park. Ueno Park, Meguro Sky Garden, and Shinjuku Imperial Garden are also must-see places for quality time or fun by the lake.

 

  • Meiji Jingu and its shrine

Meiji Jingu Shrine is a very popular place to go on a walk, especially in summer to escape the city’s stifling heat. In honor of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, the shrine is located in the middle of a large forest. Its huge trees completely isolate the premises from the city’s noise, allowing visitors to fully disconnect.

Tokyo's most beautiful parks and gardens
Hama-Rikyu, the garden surrounded by skyscrapers in the heart of Tokyo
Shinjuku Gyoen, the lung of Tokyo, is pleasant no matter the season
Meiji-Jingu Gyoen, the garden housing one of Japan's most famous Shinto shrines
Ueno Koen, the spacious park known for its zoo, pond, temples and museums
Koishikawa Korakuen, one of Tokyo's oldest traditional Japanese gardens
Mejiro Garden, the hidden gem near Ikebukuro
Yoyogi Koen, the expansive park near Harajuku, and a popular meeting place
Rikugi-en, the small garden north of Tokyo known for its autumn leaves
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Lac de Shinobazu à Uneno

Shinobazu Lake in Ueno Park

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  • Shinjuku Gyoen

 

Shinjuku Imperial Garden is the second largest park and has a long history. It was once the first zoological park in Tokyo, which was later moved to Ueno. Today, Shinjuku-gyoen is distinguished by its three gardens of different inspirations: a Japanese garden with several pavilions arranged around a pond, a French garden and an English garden with large green areas and lawns.

homme peignant un étang japonais

Man painting in front of a pond in the Japanese garden of Shinjuku Gyoen in Tokyo

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jardin japonais de Koishikawa Korakuen

View of the pond in the Japanese garden of Koishikawa Korakuen

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