Daytrip from Tokyo: Showa Kinen Park

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ust an hour west of Tokyo Metropolis is Showa Kinen Park. We only found out about the place the night before while looking for alternative side trips. I initially wanted to see Mount Fuji or Hitachi Seaside Park but then had second thoughts given the number of tourists traveling around Japan at the time. Plus, we don’t have a JR Pass so I couldn’t justify if going all the way would be worth it. Hence, we decided to go somewhere nearby.

Thankfully, Japan is all about efficiency and unplanned trips like this isn’t impossible. We didn’t need to pre-book anything and we also didn’t have to wake up early to go. The park is only about an hour away from Tokyo and opens at 9:30 AM.

How to get here: The nearest station is Tachikawa Station which is directly accessible from Tokyo via Chūō Line.
Park Entrance Fee: 410 yen (~ S$5 or $3.5)

showa kinen park

showa kinen park

One of the things that fascinate me while in Japan is how incredibly picturesque and massive their public parks are. The parks aren’t just the typical green gardens, but a natural bounty filled with flowers and trees that the entire area is charming no matter what season you visit them in.

Showa Kinen Park is one. It’s a massive park that offers various opportunities for recreation, relaxation and beautiful scenery. There are playgrounds for kids, cafés, and plenty of open space for picnics. Getting around on foot is possible but you can also rent a bike or ride the train that circles around the park.

showa kinen park

The entire park is huge and is divided into different parts that exhibits so many colorful flowers.

Canola Fields

showa kinen park

showa kinen park

showa kinen park

showa kinen park

Tulips Garden

showa kinen park

showa kinen park

showa kinen park

Lavender Gardens

showa kinen park

showa kinen park

Cherry Blossom Trees

showa kinen park

Japanese locals love going on picnics each spring. Known as hanami or cherry blossom viewing, this spring picnic under the lovely shade of pink and white blooms is a fun way to celebrate the season with families, friends, and colleagues.

It’s such a joy to see people huddle with their cute bento lunch boxes, sitting under any of the trees to chat, play, or simply spend time together. It’s like a huge event without the extra lavishness.

Japan has honed this simple act of get-together down to an art, don’t you think? :)

showa kinen park

showa kinen park

showa kinen park

showa kinen park

showa kinen park

showa kinen park

showa kinen park

We had a great time strolling around the park. I never thought I’d be this happy and childlike running around the flower fields. :)

What do you think? Have you been or would you love to visit Showa Kinen Park too?

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  • Aw, what a beautiful place to visit. Like paradise! And those dogs are such cuties.
    I would really love to go there one of these days.

    • I hope you get to go, Lux! Japan is truly wonderful! There’s so much to see and do. <3

  • I want to experience the Hanami too. Ang ganda talaga! Lahat na nandyan. Cherry blossoms, canola, lavender at may tulips pa. Kakainggit ang mga photos mo. Hihi.

    • Haha! Oo nga pinakyaw ng Japan lahat ng klase ng flower fields! And it goes on the whole spring season. Next time I want to see Wisteria and Nemophila, month of May naman ang full bloom. <3

  • I’ve never been to Hong Kong, but will definitely take this park into consideration! It looks lovely, I really enjoy blooming and colorful flowers!

    • This was taken from Tokyo, Japan! And yes, it was really lovely beyond words! :)

  • Liz

    Wow! I am beyond words, your photos are stunning and I really want to go there right now! :) Thanks for sharing this with us!

    • You’re welcome Liz! I hope you get to go next time! :)

  • Hi! Everything looks really beautiful! I wanted to go there during the cherry blossom season but it already went past by so maybe next year. Thankyou for sharing it!

    • Visiting in spring may be too busy but it’s definitely the best time to go in Japan because of the cherry blossoms. :)

  • Felicia

    oh my gosh, this is the dream!! Those flower fields are incredible!! Saving this for when I go to Japan!

    • Our trip in Japan is indeed a dream come true! It’s everything I imagined it to be and more! :)

  • Rosie Fluskey

    Wow, spring in Japan looks amazing. We really wanted to visit a park last time we were there but they were all shut due to an epidemic. I will definitely remember this for the next time I visit. I have seen canolaa fields but tulips in Japan, who knew!!?

    • What epidemic is it?! But good that it was shutdown, better safe than sorry.
      On another note, I was surprised to see tulip fields, too! I thought they were only in Amsterdam. <3

      • Rosie Fluskey

        I believe it was dengue fever but I’m not 100%. It was two years ago.

        • Ahh mosquitoes are the culprit. :)) I hope we get to go back again soon!

  • Kim @ Those Who Wandr

    Showa Kinen Park is absolutely stunning! I can’t believe it’s only an hour away from Tokyo, I wish I knew about this spot when I visited last year.

  • Christina

    Wow! what an incredible park and a great side attraction. That truly looks incredible. Japan has always looked beautiful and worth a visit to me but this really seals the deal! Thank you for sharing this.

  • Anna Hammerschmidt

    Wow! That is so beautiful! There are so many beautiful flowers there. I especially love the cherry blossoms. Seems like you stumbled on a great day trip from Tokyo!

  • Wow you have beautiful photos! Showa Kinen Park looks just magical! I have never heard of this place. Thanks you!
    you.theworld.wandering

  • Your photos are so beautiful! This park looks so beautiful and it screams spring. The flowers are stunning. I bet it would look really nice in the fall too.