Opposite the National Yoyogi Sports Center and adjacent to Meiji Jingu lies the expansive Yoyogi Park. It is a pleasant enough place to visit, but nothing spectacular. On weekends the park comes alive with Tokyoites looking for a place to relax, play musical instruments and play whatever sport they might be into.
Skateboarding, African drums, skipping, frisbee, samba are just some of the things you will see people playing. On Sundays around the entrance to the park, you will find the legendary Japanese rock-a-billy group dancing to Elvis.
Open: 05:00am – 08:00pm May 1st to October 15th
05:00am – 05:00pm October 26th – April 30th
Closed: Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday was a public holiday). December 29th to January 3rd.
How to get there
Take the JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Station. Leave the station via the main exit, walk towards the pedestrian footbridge and then veer round to the right. Keep walking and when you reach the next pedestrian footbridge you’ll see the entrance.
Featured image in this article by Chao-Wei Juan, CC 2.0