Yoyogi park is known for it's festive atmosphere. It attracts musicians, artists, sports enthusiasts, cosplayers, fashion cliques and party goers. It's a lively spot (especially on Sundays in good weather).
AccessThe best way to get to Yoyogi park is to take the JR Yamanote line train to Harajuku station. At the station exit take a right and walk about 200 meters — you will see the entrance to the park on your right.
HoursMany large parks in Tokyo are closed in the evenings. Yoyogi park is no exception:
Summer Hours: 5:00 to 20:00 (May to September)
Winter Hours: 5:00 to 17:00 (October to April)
There are no admission fees or closed days.
Park FeaturesYoyogi Park was once a military parade ground. At the (Harajuku) entrance to the park there's a large square that leads to a central pond and field. The park features:
- a cycling course
- several dog runs (separated by dog weight)
- a bird sanctuary
- a observation deck
- police box
- soccer and athletic fields
- a stage
- facilities such as toilets and vending machines
What to ExpectIt's well known that police in the park tend to be somewhat lenient when it comes to event and public performance permits. Yoyogi park is a popular place to hold small to medium sized events, performances and parties.
It's also a common spot for athletes, performers, actors and musicians to practice. Tokyo apartments don't (typically) allow musicians to practice at home.
Yoyogi park is well known for its relaxed and friendly international atmosphere. In Japan's highly regimented society — Yoyogi Park is one place where it's okay to express yourself and be a little different.
Park SeasonsYoyogi park is a good location for hanami (cherry blossom viewing).
The park is also well known for the autumn colors (golden yellow) of its ginkgo trees.
Events and FestivalsYoyogi Park is home to many well known festivals and events. The biggest is the Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi.
A regular flea market is held in Yoyogi park in summer.
There are also several ethnic festivals in the park such as the Thai Festival and Brazilian Festival. Check the Japan Event Schedule for details.
Nearby AttractionsYoyogi park is beside the Harajuku and Omotesando shopping districts. It's also directly attached to the grounds of Meiji Shrine.
Yoyogi park is ranked #4 of 18 best hanami spots in Tokyo