Yoyogi Park

Hey look! The husky club is here!
Hey look! The husky club is here!

The best free entertainment in Tokyo – from rockabillies to skateboarding dogs – Yoyogi Park never disappoints. Six days a week, Yoyogi Park is a peaceful sea of green in the very heart of Tokyo, a place to walk your dog and picnic…

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…but on Sunday it turns into the best free show in Japan.

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Typical Yoyogi Park shenanigans.
In spring they wear their club t-shirts, in winter they have black leather jackets.
Right outside the gate, let’s stop and watch the rival rockabilly clubs as they dance their hearts out.
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Check out the contact jugglers. Can you imagine how many hours of practice it took to be able to do that stuff?
People celebrate holidays with exuberance in the park. This guy hooked koi nobori onto his kite for Boys Day.
People celebrate holidays with exuberance in the park. This guy hooked koi nobori onto his kite for Boys Day.

The park is a beautiful place to walk, every season of the year.

There are lots of huge cherry trees that bloom in late march to early April, and the cherry blossom parties here are legendary.
There are lots of huge cherry trees that bloom from late March to early April, and the cherry blossom parties here are legendary.
In fall, the ginkgo trees turn the park into a sea of gold.
In fall, the ginkgo trees turn the park into a sea of gold.
And then the maple trees join in.
And then the maple trees join in.

The sun is finally going down, and people are heading home, but let’s stay a little longer because…

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…after dark, the fountains put on a light show.

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