1. Meiji Jingu
Even though it’s in the center of the city, this huge shrine is covered in a luxurious, thick forest.
It’s become a place for relaxation and refreshment.
The entrance to Meiji Jingu. It sits between Harajuku and Shibuya.
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If you’re lucky, you might be able to see a traditional Japanese wedding. If you want to aim for it, try Sundays or holidays.
Emperor Meiji and Empress Shouken, his consort, are enshrined at Meiji Jingu.
The lush forest surrounding Meiji Jingu is a planted forest made of 100,000 trees donated from all around the country because of the emperor’s enshrinement. It’s about 700,000 square meters.
2. Yoyogi Park
A park adjacent to the woods of Meiji Jingu. Yoyogi Park itself is not that wide but they hold events every weekend which makes walking around fun.
The park’s main street.
3. Kyokogaien National Garden
It feels nice to run along the banks of the moat of the Imperial Palace.
In the spring, the Kita no Maru Park is a perfect place to see cherry blossoms.
4. Todoroki Keikoku Park
This place is so green that you’ll be surprised that it’s in the center of the city.
Even though it’s in a residential area, it even has a river streaming through it!
You might feel like you’re hiking.
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A flourishing bamboo ticket.
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You can hike along the riverside.
This is a little different, but it’s an office where greenery overflows. This office building is within walking distance of Tokyo Station.
This whole building is made so that vegetables can be grown inside using water and, somehow, natural light. Because of this, the facade of the building is covered with roses in season. This might be the city farm of the future.
You can experience it yourself for free up to the 2nd floor.