Yoyogi ParkYoyogi is best known for Yoyogi Park — a large park that attracts musicians, artists, sports enthusiasts, fashion subcultures, tourists and party people. It would be a stretch to say Yoyogi Park is a quiet place. However, it's so large that it's always possible to find personal space.
Residents of Yoyogi congregate around the park's excellent dog run or play with their kids around the park's pond. Area residents have seen it all — they aren't easily impressed with antics in the park. They're generally very relaxed about the park's wild atmosphere.
Meiji ShrineDirectly beside Yoyogi park is Tokyo's best known shrine — Meiji Shrine. The grounds of Meiji Shrine are larger than Yoyogi park (175 acres vs 134 acres).
Meiji Shrine is home to a wide range of festivals and events throughout the year. It's also in high demand for celebrations and rituals such as weddings and miyamari (a baby's first shrine visit).
The shrine is completely surrounded by a wall. It's often closed to the public. When it's open it's possible to go for a walk in the grounds. It's far quieter than Yoyogi Park.
Yoyogi — A Residential NeighborhoodThe streets of Yoyogi are filled with upscale apartments and expensive homes. There are also offices and institutions in the area.
Yoyogi has several charming old shops. There isn't much shopping or entertainment in the area.
Yoyogi's location is ideal for active people. It's beside the two largest shopping, entertainment districts in Japan — Shinjuku and Shibuya. It's also beside Tokyo's largest fashion district: Omotesando.
A large proportion of Yoyogi residents work in creative fields such as fashion, art and music. There are many small home offices operating in the area that include record labels, photographers, modeling agencies and art dealers.
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