Cherry blossom season isn’t the only time to prepare for a picnic with many delicious dishes. Whether it’s a sunny, breezy spring day; a hot summer afternoon; or a cool day in autumn, you always have a good reason to have a picnic (except winter). There are some of the best Tokyo picnic parks All Know-How wants to introduce to you.
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There is no list of recommended picnic spots in Tokyo is perfect without Yoyogi Park, Tokyo’s hippest park. Many visitors choose parks because of their scenery, however, Yoyogi Park tends to be a center of activities, therefore, having a picnic as usual. Winter is the only time when you do not see picnicking groups here. Yoyogi park is spacious and grassy, and besides enjoying your prepared-food, you can go people-watching.
How to get there: Harajuku or Yoyogi Station
Admission fee: Free
Opening hours: All day, every day
Showa Memorial Park
Although Showa Memorial Park is a bit far from central Tokyo (about 30 minutes away from Shinjuku), this park is very huge(1.8 sq. km. large)—and it is enough space for a wonderful picnic. In fact, every year, this park attracts many visitors to have a picnic and enjoy outdoor activities such as cycling and boating. This park is also a good place for a barbecue.
How to get there: Tachikawa Station
Admission fee: ¥450 ~ 5 USD (adults), ¥210 ~ 2.5 USD (senior citizens), free for children
Opening hours: 9:30am-5pm (4:30 pm from November-February)
Mizumoto park is located in Katsushika Ward and it is not famous as Yoyogi Park, Inokashira Park, or Shinjuku Gyoen because it is not easy to access this park. the nearest station (Kanamachi Station on the JR Joban Line) is about 2 km away, it means that you have to take a bus from the station. (Although from March to November, the park administration offers a special bus service to the park on weekends and holidays). In addition, Mizumoto is the biggest park in Tokyo with water landscapes and most irises. It is surrounded by water and there is a forest of metasequoia trees, that is the reason why it is very cool and it is a good ideal for you to visit this park in summer. The central field is perfect for picnics and barbecues.
How to get there: 7-minute walk from Mizumoto-Koen bus stop (Keisei Bus bound for Togasaki-Soshajo or Nishi-Mizumoto 3-home)
Admission fee: Free
Opening hours: Open all day, every day
Maybe you have heard of Inokashira Park because of its popularity about cherry blossom-viewing places. Even without the cherry blossoms, its forest-like atmosphere also makes it become suitable for a picnic ground. This park is located in suburban Tokyo and is not surrounded by skyscrapers, therefore, at a moment, you can relax and pretend that you are not in the city. Especially on the weekend, this park is filled with tourists and unusual landscapes along with the boating lake and an interesting temple.
How to get there: Kichijoji Station
Admission fee: Free
Opening hours: Open all day every day
Although Shinjuku Gyoen is a famous picnic and sightseeing spot especially when the cherry blossoms are blooming), this park has stricter rules than other parks. Tourists cannot bring alcohol into the park, and before entering, your baggage will be checked by the security department. Loud music is banned here. Therefore, if you want to have a peaceful, quiet picnic, this is a good choice. No using alcohol makes this park become more family-friendly.
How to get there: Shinjuku Station
Admission fee: ¥200 ~ 2 USD (children ¥50)
Opening hours: 9am-4: 30 pm (closed Mondays, unless the following day is the holiday)
Kasai Rinkai Park
A park with many attractions such as a Ferris wheel, aquarium, and bird sanctuary, Kasai Rinkai Park is a wonderful place considering its spaciousness and tranquility. Although it is not better than Yoyogi park, you also can enjoy the peace and quiet here. You also can have barbecue parties.
How to get there: A minute’s walk from Kasai Rinkai Koen Station on the JR line.
Admission fee: Open all day every day (different attractions)
Opening hours: Free (different attractions)
Especially in spring and autumn, Takao has many very lovely and scenic views. There are picnic tables around the area for you to relax after your walking and a beer garden in the summer.
How to get there: Go straight ahead to Takaosanguchi Station on the Keio Line, about an hour from Shinjuku.
Opening hours: Open all day every day (but the chairlift runs from 8 am – 5 pm, and 9.15pm in summer for the beer garden)
Okutama is an area in Western Tokyo that borders Saitama, it is famous for leaves in autumn. It is unbelievable that Okutama is a part of Tokyo because of its natural beauty such as clean water, valleys, lots of trees and without skyscrapers. Okutama has some hiking trails, because of rugged terrain, it is very dangerous for beginners. Along the trail, there are many picnic benches for you take photos.
How to get there: Go straight ahead to Okutama Station, about an hour and a half from Shinjuku Station.
Bonus: Kinchakuda, Saitama
We also have a journey in walking in the countryside in Saitama, just 45 minutes away from Ikebukuro station.
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