This naturally wooded park adjoins the Meiji Jingu Shrine, and until 1996, it hosted Tokyo's amateur rock and roll bands, who strutted their stuff every Sunday. They have since moved to Omotesando, and Yoyogi Park has become quiet, and ideal for groups of friends and families who like to enjoy a tranquil Sunday afternoon strolling by small ponds filled with koi (Japanese carp). Rental bicycles are available within the grounds during summer.
Opened in 1873 at the top of Ueno Hill, Tokyo's first public park houses several world-class museums, a popular zoo, shrines, temples, a rental boat lake, historical monuments, hundreds of cherry blossom trees, and a lotus pond. Ueno Park, being Tokyo's largest, has so much to offer that a day would not be enough. Whether you come here alone to spend some time in solitude or bring along your family to spend quality time with them, you won’t be disappointed with the umpteen offerings of this gorgeous park.
Just a 15-minute walk from the trendy and youthful town of Kichijoji, this park has enough to keep you interested for a full day. There is a large pond where you can paddle rental boats, a zoo where you can pet some of the caged animals, playground facilities for baseball or Frisbee games with family and friends, and enough space and greenery for an ideal picnic. On weekends the place even comes alive with street musicians and artists. Inokashira Park is also one of the prime locations for viewing the cherry blossoms in late March/early April.
A part of the sprawling Tokyo Dome City entertainment complex, Spa Laqua offers several reinvigorating facilities and services, such as open air baths, whirlpool baths, saunas and massages. Manged by an efficient staff eager to cater to all your needs, the establishment is sure to relieve you of any fatigue and stress, allowing you the opportunity to spend a wonderful time in a relaxed atmosphere. Please note that the spa enforces strict policies with regards to tattoos. Complete with hot springs and foot baths, this soothing place will ensure that you leave feeling fully refreshed and rejuvenated!
Rikugien is another of Tokyo's most beloved gardens - it has inspired poetry for nearly four centuries and, indeed, contains poetry within its grounds; 88 landscapes from traditional waka poetry have been lovingly recreated here, within the huge 24-acre area. It is laid out in traditional kaiyu style (from the Edo period), with paths winding around a central pond, and small hills built in as features. It's a magical place to sit on a bench and look at the burnished copper of the maple leaves, or relax under the shade of one of the evergreens. It is also home to one of the most famous iconic trees in Japan, the Cherry Blossom, which is one of the first things that comes to mind when one thinks of Japan. Also housing a cafe within, you can enjoy some matcha tea and biscuits while you admire the tranquil pond and the trees in vicinity.
Looking for a nice day at the park? This is the place to visit! A unique range of activities from Frisbee golf, miniature golf, bike riding, paddleboats, and even several giant dome shaped trampolines for kids are available. Equipment for every activity is also available here. It is extremely popular during floral seasons where visitors can witness thousands of beautiful cherry blossoms. Just be sure to arrive early as the park closes in the late afternoon/early evening.
Not everything is glitzy and expensive in Ginza-- Komparu-yu, the oldest senta (bath house) in Ginza, retains it's original two baths. One is nurui (lukewarm) and the other is atatakai (hot); the lukewarm bath, however, is hot enough for most visitors. Entrance is within 500 yen; a steal considering that these baths have survived since 1863.
Jakotsu-yu has been a popular hot spring in Tokyo for many years. This hot spring is different from other Japanese hot springs because the color of the water is black. It is said that this black water makes blood circulation improve. In many cases, people who have tattoos are not allowed to enter hot springs in Japan, however Jakotsu-yu permits those with body art. Come enjoy Japanese bath culture!
Meijijingu Gaien was built to keep a record describing the outstanding virtues of the Meiji emperor, the empress, and the Shoken empress. This place contains many kinds of sport facilities. Here you can enjoy playing tennis, soccer, and baseball as well as ice skating. In autumn, you can walk the road covered in leaves of ginkgo, which looks like yellow carpet on the road. The hours of operation and the admission fees vary depending on each facility. If you wish to go there, please check the website for more information.