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Perfect for a picnic! 16 relaxing parks in the Kanto area

As places where children can freely enjoy themselves, locations that become crowded with people enjoying cherry blossom parties in the spring, and areas that provide beautiful landscapes and environments for the city, parks are indispensable to our lives. There are various types of parks which serve different roles and here ANA carried out a project in collaboration with “Tastes of JAPAN by ANA,” which works to discover the most charming locations all over the country, and Trip Advisor, to introduce some of the most popular parks within metropolitan Tokyo and the 7 prefecture that make up the Kanto region.

Tastes of JAPAN by ANA -Explore the Regions-

“Tastes of JAPAN by ANA-Explore the Regions-” is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory. From December 2019 to May 2020, a special feature of the Kanto area will be introduced on ANA in-flight and lounge. Prior to that, since September 2019, we have been introducing attractive sightseeing information in the Kanto area, click it out here!
Tokyo parks

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden(Shinjuku)

Shinjuku Gyoen, which is a 10-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station, was an imperial garden in the Meiji period. Along with three gardens, consisting of a Japanese garden, a French-style garden, and an English landscape garden, it also has a greenhouse, and as many as 10,000 trees. Often referred to as an “urban oasis,” it is appealing for its tranquility, which you wouldn’t expect to find within Tokyo, while also being renowned as a place for cherry blossoms in the spring and autumn leaves in the fall.

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What a lovely place. The garden is so huge and the scenery is so wonderful. The entrance fee for adult is 500¥ but it was worth every yen!reviewed by LeScotch

Showa Kinen Park(Tachikawa)

This park was built in commemoration of the 50th year of the Emperor Showa. Seasonal flowers bloom in the spacious garden and many events such as flower events are held here. In addition to strolling around the Japanese garden and Komorebi no Oka (“hill with sunlight filtering through the trees”), you can also enjoy activities such as cycling, boating, and barbecues. In summer, it opens its rainbow pool, which is the largest in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

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SUMMER is the Rainbow Pool! And Fireworks! Get there early to rent the 2-person bicycle. And a ride on the train shows the scale of the Park–40 minute ride full circle. AUTUMN has fields of cosmos flowers. WINTER Illumination is always goodreviewed by AndraYo
Ibaraki parks

Hitachi Seaside Park(Hitachinaka)

This park is known as a famous place for flowers where various flowers bloom in every season, including narcissus and tulips in the spring, roses and sunflowers in the summer, and cosmos in the autumn. In particular, the nemophila (baby blue eyes) that color the vast “Miharashi no Oka” (hill with a view) in blue in the spring and Kochia summer cypress that create a crimson carpet in autumn are a must-see. A cycling course and a barbecue square are also set up in the park, allowing for very active enjoyment.

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We went there in the peak of the Nemophila blue flowers. Trust me, the spread of these flowers along the small mountain gives a picturesque view which is second to non. It is unbelievable that the area was overflowing with visitors.It is better to wear comfortable shoes since there is a vast area to visit. walking is feasible. Beside Nemophila garden there was a breathtaking Tulips garden. You will lost in varieties of Tulips. Also you may get the opportunity to visit a traditional Japanese house next to these gardens. Well worth visit. Simply this is epic….reviewed by danuwijerathna

Koga Kubo Park(Koga)

This park is named after the warlord, Ashikaga Shigeuji, also known as “Kogakubo”, who was prolific between the Muromachi period and Sengoku period. The park contains traces of Ashikaga’s Imperial Palace, a peach forest that reproduces the “Furukawa Momozono” (Furukawa peach grove) which was begun by Edo lords planting peach trees, and an open lawn space, and you can walk around it in about 1-2 hours. About 1500 peach blossoms bloom from late March to early April, and its beauty creates the impression of an earthly paradise.

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Peach blooms are as lovely as the cherry blossoms, though not as popular. The peach buds (momo hana) are bright pink. There are thousands of peach trees around the park, making it the most pink park I’ve been too.reviewed by totomaimartinez
Tochigi parks

Igashira park(Moka)

This park is rich in nature, with broad thickets of quercus serrata and oaks surrounding the Igashiraike (Igashira pond) in the center of the park, where the sound of wild birds reverberate throughout. The park is most popular from late May to early June, when the rose garden is in full bloom, and during the summer vacation season when the popular swimming pool and waterslides are opened. You can also enjoy boating in the pond, along with cycling, and putter golf.

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This park was beautiful many trees (ex. Gingko trees) that provided a nice cover from the summer heat! There is also a spot for some water actvities and a pool/slide area that you can bring a tent/canopy to and enjoy the day. Restrooms are clean and there are areas to purchase drinks and snacks.reviewed by Shikataganai73

Hachimanyama Park(Utsunomiya)

This park, located in the center of Utsunomiya, has attractions that the entire family can enjoy for the whole day. These include the Utsunomiya Tower, which overlooks the city, the “Adventure U” outdoor athletic facilities that include large playground equipment such as a Tarzan ropes and slippery slides, and animal houses with Japanese cranes and raccoons. It is also known as a famous flower spot in Utsunomiya and many cherry blossom viewers visit in the spring when about 800 cherry trees and 700 azaleas bloom.

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The park is very huge and beautiful. There is a tower and you have a nice view of all the city of Utsunomiya. And it is a very long suspension bridge. The kid area is very cool for kids of all ages. There is also a mini zoo, to complete the tour.reviewed by sandrahv76
Gunma parks

Kezoji Amusement Park(Isesaki)

This is a general park with several sports facilities such as a baseball field and an athletics field. While it is a famous place for flowers, with cherry blossoms and azaleas blooming in the spring and Japanese iris blooming in early summer, it is also known for its admission-free amusement park. You can enjoy rides at some of the lowest prices in the nation, including a merry-go-round and mini steam train for just 70 yen, a 65m-high Ferris wheel for 280 yen, and a roller coaster for 350 yen.

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A low-cost, small amusement park that is great for young children. Go to the nearby Dondontei for an inexpensive shabu-shabu lunch, and enjoy walking in the nearby park areas.reviewed by Traveler000090

This park extends from north to south between the Tonegawa and Hirosegawa rivers. On the south side of the park are sports facilities such as athletic stadiums and baseball fields where J-League games are held, as well as rugby fields. It is popular as a place for recreation with rose gardens and children’s squares on the north side, which are also symbols of the park, as well as boat ponds. About 7,000 plants of about 600 species are planted in the rose garden and rose events are held in spring and autumn.

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“Shikishima Park includes a sports complex (soccer, baseball, athletics, water sports, etc.), a lake, a dedicated rose park, a golf course, and of course, a large park.In hanami season, it attracts many, for its sakura trees.Next to the golf course, there is a ‘hidden’ space for hanami where BBQ-in is allowed.On summer, usually a lot of events are held here, including the Rose Festival at Bara Koen (offers illumination also).Good for family relaxation. “reviewed by arifudin_a
Saitama parks

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park(Tokorozawa)

This park was built on the site of the Tokorozawa Airfield, which was the first airport in Japan. The two airplanes displayed in the park can be observed for free, and you can learn about the history of airplanes and airfields at the Tokorozawa Aviation Museum. There are other facilities such as a library, a dog run, tennis courts, a Japanese garden, tearoom, and various events are held on the outdoor stage.

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Overall I highly recommend this museum to people both with and without an interest in aviation. If you have an interest in historic aviation then there is plenty to see and you really can feel that you are in a significant location. If you don’t have an a massive interest it is still interesting to visit and see the aircraft and enjoy the lovely location out of the busy and hectic urban areas of Tokyo.reviewed by PGlover83

Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park(Namegawa)

This was the first national park in Japan, and it is so large that it has 4 entrances, 8 bus stops, and a 17km long cycling course. There are a variety of facilities for physical activities, such as Japan’s largest air trampoline and athletics equipment consisting of 24 kinds of playground equipment. You can also see cherished animals and plants in a variety of natural environments, such as thickets, ponds, swamps, and grasslands.

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Great spot, sure you have to pay to get in but it is well worth it. Go early and plan to stay for the whole day. Take a picnic lunch. Our children 1st and 2nd graders loved it. Highlights were the cycling track where you can hire a wide range of bikes and ride around a well maintained road through the forest. And the adventure confidence course which is made up of a number of wooden structures the kids climb, clamber, swing and jump through.reviewed by HasudaPete
Chiba parks

Sakura no yama Park(Narita)

Sakura no yama Park, located on a hill next to Narita International Airport’s runway, is famous for its cherry blossoms and as being a great location where you can see airplanes from anywhere in the park. Depending on the time, you can see planes taking off and landing every few minutes. There is an observation deck and a large lawn open space, and many people from all over the country visit to take photographs of airplanes, have picnics, and so on.

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The park itself is great- the viewing deck is wide and offers a clear view of the landing threshold of runway 16R.The small convenience store is, well, convenient! You can buy some snacks and drinks as well as fresh produce and warm food.There is a nice aviation memorabilia shop there too- any aviation enthusiast will have a field day.A good spot to have a picnic- it is a very popular location during the weekends.reviewed by richardhR8302CP

Funabashi Andersen Park(Funabashi)

This is a theme park inspired by Denmark and named after Hans Christian Andersen, a fairy tale writer born in Odense, Denmark, a sister city of Funabashi. The park, which has buildings reminiscent of Denmark, such as windmills, consists of five zones, including one of Japan’s largest outdoor athletic facilities and a children’s museum where you can enjoy creative experiences. It has a reputation for the beauty of its flowers throughout the four seasons.

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It contains a beautiful replica of a Danish windmill, squares, flower gardens, a pond and lots of greenery. There are plenty of activities for the children, from the pony ride at the mini farm to various playground equipments. A really nice place to spend the day with the children. On weekends, many families bring their own camping tents and have picnic on the grass.reviewed by FirstVillage
Kanagawa parks

Yokohama Negishi Forest Park(Yokohama)

Negishi Forest Park, which spreads over the hills of Yokohama and Negishidai, was built on the site of the Negishi Racetrack, which was Japan’s first full-fledged racetrack. There is only a small amount of playground equipment in the park, but there is a large open lawn space that takes advantage of the gentle natural hills. There is also a “Horse Museum” where you can learn about horses and horse racing, and you can also enjoy horse riding at the Pony Center.

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]Great place to see the “cherry blossom”. Wide area with a jogging course around the perimeter. There is also a “stable’ there! yeah,..there are about 8 or 9 horses living there. I also believe that they offer riding lessons on Sundays. Lots of green grass with a pond located in the middle of the park. Well worth the visit! A nice place to unwind! Check it out guys!reviewed by bubblefish29

Mikasa Park(Yokosuka)

Facing the port of Yokosuka, this is a historic city park built along the themes of water, light and sound, where a battleship of the Great Japanese Imperial Navy, that played an active part in the Russo-Japanese War, the Mikasa, is preserved. Inside the Mikasa, materials related to maritime activities are on display. At the fountain square in the center of the park, you can watch music and fountain shows every hour and a half and, in particular, when it is illuminated at night you can immerse yourself in a fantastic atmosphere

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I love Mikasa park! It is peaceful and beautiful. When my husband is working, I come here in the morning to enjoy a breakfast sushi bowl from the port market and read my book. Every hour and a half or so, there is a water show in the fountain that is set to music.reviewed by lizj957
Yamanashi parks

Yamanashi Fuehukigawa Fruit Park(Yamanashi)

Located on a hill about 10 minutes by car from Yamanashishi Station, when the weather is nice you can see the Kofu basin with orchards spreading out into the distance and further away you can see a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji. In addition, the beauty of the night view is exceptional and has been certified as one of the “New Three Major Night Views of Japan”. There are also spots related to fruits within the park, including exhibition facilities that introduce the history and culture of fruits, fruit parfait cafes, and so on.

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We did a drive trip to Yamanashi and stopped at this fruit park for 2-3 hours and were pleasantly surprised. It was slightly crowded for Japanese terms, but everyone was having fun and it was mainly local rather than foreign tourists. We saw a lot of fruit and trees, we bought some very very very cheap/delicious peaches, the kids played around in the numerous indoor/outdoor activities.reviewed by Nn3388

Oishi Park(Fujikawaguchiko)

This park is located on the north shore of Lake Kawaguchiko, one of the Fuji Five Lakes. The park is not very large, but it is a great location for viewing Mt. Fuji over the lake. Seasonal flowers are planted along the lakeside promenade, and it becomes crowded from early in the morning with people taking commemorative photos against the backdrop of Mt. Fuji. Lavender, which is the most planted flower there, is a symbol of the park, and the vibrant purple flowers, weaved with the summer view of Mt Fuji is truly spectacular.

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This is the best vantage point for taking pictures of Mount Fuji for sure! But while you search for that iconic photograph, you’ll be treated to one of the more sensational flower gardens I’ve ever seen. They also have a store for souvenirs and a delicious ice cream stand!reviewed by WilliamWillieWilson

There you have it, some of the most recommended parks within metropolitan Tokyo and the 7 prefecture of the Kanto region. There are many ways to enjoy these parks, which include flower spots, amusement parks, and scenic locations. Why not visit these parks on one of your days off when the weather is nice and experience the enchantment?

Tastes of JAPAN by ANA -Explore the Regions-

“Tastes of JAPAN by ANA-Explore the Regions-” is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory. From December 2019 to May 2020, a special feature of the Kanto area will be introduced on ANA in-flight and lounge. Prior to that, since September 2019, we have been introducing attractive sightseeing information in the Kanto area, click it out here!

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