Showa Kinen Park 昭和記念公園, also called Showa Memorial Park, is a huge park located in Tachikawa, about 30 minutes away from Shinjuku. It is one of the most popular things to do in Tokyo Japan. Spanning over 160 hectares, it’s a huge park with beautiful trees, numerous flowers, a dragonfly marsh, bird sanctuaries, fountains, bike trails, museum, sports facilities, a kids area, basically everything you could probably imagine! The park was opened in 1983 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Showa’s reign. Showa Kinen Park is spacious and beautiful in any season and has many open lawns where visitors can picnic and relax. There are also woodlands with walking trails, beautiful Japanese and Western style gardens and a large pond. The Emperor Showa Memorial Museum is located in the park’s southwest corner, just outside of the Tachikawa park entrance. The museum exhibits photos and personal belongings of the late Emperor, such as his botanical collection and the car he used to travel in.

Showa Memorial Park in Tokyo Japan boasts of more than 1,500 cherry trees, including 200 or so Somei Yoshina cherry trees, 220,000 tulips of 13 varieties, 1.8 million Shirley poppies, 300,000 Iceland poppies, and dainty blue Nemophila flowers in spring. In summer, you can see sunflowers, and in autumn, cosmos flowers and maple trees. The annual flower festival starts around the last week of April and runs until May. The tulip season starts from mid-April and is particularly stunning. During festival time, there are several food stalls where you can enjoy ice cream, yakisoba, ramen and other Japanese food. Many photographers and cosplayers, taking photographs around the park can be spotted. I went there particularly for the tulips in April but got lucky to see other seasonal flowers as well. Poppies, azaleas and rape blossoms were in full bloom and made the entire park seem so picturesque. The different flowers reach peak bloom at different times, but late spring to early summer is generally the best time for flower viewing as it is concides with the park’s annual flower festival.

If you want to see the entire park, it is best done by rental bicycle, as this park is huge. Rental outlets are located at the multiple park entrances. Alternatively, there is a park train that connects the different areas of the park. Getting on the park train is what I really recommend.

If you want to connect with the nature or just take some photographs with beautiful blooms, I highly recommend going to Showa Kinen Park in Tokyo Japan. Sunflower season is almost here and I am planning to go back there again!

Time – 9:30 am-5:00 pm
Entrance –  410 yen for adults, 210 yen for senior citizens, and 80 yen for children.
Access – The JR Chuo Line connects central Tokyo (Tokyo Station and Shinjuku Station) with Showa Memorial Park. The park has multiple entrances, with the most convenient one located just outside Nishi-Tachikawa Station (but not all trains stop here). Showa Kinen Park can be reached in a 10 minute walk from Tachikawa Station, as all trains stop at this station.

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