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Yoyogi Park

In a city where space is at a premium, this expansive park is a popular place for Tokyoites to rehearse, reconnect with nature and enjoy freedom of expression.  

The atmosphere is joyous almost every day of the week in Yoyogi Park. In addition to offering the amenities of a typical park, including spaces for jogging, picnicking and dog walking, Yoyogi is the setting for numerous events and festivals. Tokyo’s small apartments and noise restrictions prevent many musicians and performers from practicing at home, so they come to Yoyogi Park instead. Listen to a joyous cacophony of violins and other instruments.

The northern part of the park is a verdant green space, where city-dwellers enjoy fresh air and let their dogs run free. This area also has a cycling center; rent a bike to explore the rest of the park. Many locals dress their pets in cute outfits, so watch for dogs wearing quirky ensembles. The park’s southern area has an event plaza and open-air stage, where festivities such as April’s Earth Day and May’s One Love Jamaica take place each year.

Yoyogi Park was the site of Japan’s first powered flight in 1910. It was later occupied by the U.S. Army during the 1940s. It was used as the Olympic Village for athletes of the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games and became a public park in 1967. 

In the spring, Yoyogi Park is a popular spot to view cherry blossoms. Come in autumn to see the golden leaves of the park’s ginko trees. The park also hosts a popular flea market throughout the summer, which typically takes place on Sundays one or more times a month.

When the weather is fine you’ll see artists, musicians, cosplayers and amateur athletes practicing their crafts. Visit on Sunday, the most popular time. The spacious park is often used as a site for club meetings, rehearsals and practice sessions.

Yoyogi Park is a short walk away from Harajuku Station, next to the Meiji Shrine. Come to the park between dawn to dusk. Admission is free.


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Lodging Near Yoyogi Park

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Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
4.4
of 5, from 1,610 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Kabukicho, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Omoide Yokocho, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Meiji Jingu Shrine and Yoyogi Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

almond hostel & cafe

almond hostel & cafe

1-7 Motoyoyogicho, Shibuya, Tokyo
1.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Tokyo, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bunkamura, Meiji Jingu Shrine, and Yoyogi Park. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$135
Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae Hot Spring

Dormy Inn Premium Shibuya Jingumae Hot Spring

6-24-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
4.5
of 5, from 289 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Tokyo, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hachiko Statue, Yoyogi Park, and Nezu Art Museum. Meiji Jingu Shrine and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$120
Shinjuku Washington Hotel Main

Shinjuku Washington Hotel Main

3-2-9 Nishishinjuku, Tokyo
3.7
of 5, from 366 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the central Shinjuku neighborhood, this hotel is 0.3 km from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, 0.7 km from Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, and 0.9 km from Takashimaya Times Square.

$112
Shibuya Tobu Hotel

Shibuya Tobu Hotel

3-1 Udagawa-cho Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
4.2
of 5, from 106 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Tokyo, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Nezu Art Museum, and Meiji Jingu Shrine.

$142
Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

2-3-1 Yoyogi, Tokyo
4.4
of 5, from 2,444 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Across the street from Shinjuku Station, the hotel is one km (one-half mile) from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

$139
Shibuya Creston Hotel

Shibuya Creston Hotel

10-8, Kamiyama-Cho, Tokyo
4.2
of 5, from 51 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bunkamura and Yoyogi Park. Meiji Jingu Shrine and Nezu Art Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku

4-4-10 Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
3.2
of 5, from 22 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Shinjuku, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Omoide Yokocho and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Meiji Jingu Shrine and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building are also within 1 mi (2 km).