Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park (代々木公園, Yoyogi Kōen) is a park in Shibuya and one of the largest parks in Tokyo (Japan). It’s a perfect place for outdoor activities, picnics, jogging or simply a relaxing walk

Located right next to Meiji Shrine, worth to visit this park after visiting Meiji Shrine, since the sightseeing of this park will take a while. You may click here for a brief guide of Meiji Shrine

HOW TO GET THERE

Whether you have visited Meiji Shrine, just continue walking through the park and you will spot the entrance right next to the Meiji Shrine entry

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As personal suggestion, no worth to go there exclusively to visit the park unless you have more plans within the area. Tokyo awaits to be explored with more exciting places than a park!

EXPLORING AROUND

During my visit, there were a food market near the entrance crossing the street and I had the chance to try some traditional food and snacks. However, it’s a bit touristy-focused and I bet you may find better places out of this park.

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Continuing walking and crossing back the street, you may spot the park. Total freedom for a walk

DETAILS

  • Location: Yoyogi park 代々木公園 @ Shibuya distric
  • Transportation: JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Subway Station
  • Time spent: 1 hour + 1 hour in the market
  • Season: End of September
  • Score: 7.5/10

Meiji Shrine: the spiritual path

Located in Shibuya, Tokyo (Japan), Meiji Shrine 明治神宮 (Meiji Jingū) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife. This significant shrine was destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt thereafter.

HOW TO GET THERE

You can take the JR Yamanote Line and alight at Harajuku Station. The main entrance is at 1-2 minutes walking distance from the Subway Station

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EXPLORING AROUND

Arrived to the main entrance, you may take any of the 3 directions to start the walk. The main shrine buildings is about 10-15 minutes walking distance from Harajuku Station.

As suggestion, worth to spend additional time having a relaxing walk for nice photos and enjoy the nature

The main shrines are right together each other, Meiji Shrine Kyakuden, Shinto Shrine, Meiji Jingu, Meiji Jingu Honden & Meiji Shrine Kaguraden


On my visit I had the luck to see by my own eyes a traditional Japanese wedding. Really beautiful and photogenic

The visit may be a little short, but you may complete the journey by going to Yoyogi park that is located within the same park. Just quitting the Meiji Jingu gardens, can continue walking from the main entrance next to Harajuku Station towards Yoyogi Park as indicates in the map below

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DETAILS

  • Location: Meiji Shrine 明治神宮 @ Shibuya district
  • Transportation chose: JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Subway Station
  • Time spent: 3 hours
  • Season: End of September
  • Score: 8/10

Senso-ji temple: the goddess of Kannon

Senso-ji 金龍山浅草寺 is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo (Japan). It’s one of the most popular temples in Tokyo, hence one of the most crowded. I’d recommend you to visit this beautiful and colorful temple early in the morning for a better sightseeing and photos.

HOW TO GET THERE

You can get to Senso-ji temple by taking the Ginza Subway Line and alighting in Asakusa Station from your current position

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EXPLORING AROUND

Once crossed the main gates, you will face a shopping street which leads from the main gates to the next gates right in front. Along this shopping street, you may find typical Japanese souvenirs and traditional snacks in the Nakamise-dōri 仲見世通り. As curious fact, if you buy some snacks, you must eat it at the same shop! Is not allowed eating snacks during your walking

Continuing walking straight ahead, you will reach to the second gate

Surroundings from the second gate.

Ending up the temple’s sightseeing, you may lead towards the shopping mall next to temple and its streets. Strolling around this area you may discover traditional restaurants, beautiful street decorations and ton of shops. Worth to spend half day!

The streets around the temple are full of shopping/souvenirs malls whether you’re thinking to buy some souvenirs for family/friends. From anime toys to electronic products and medicines. The time spent there may be really worthy

In short, Senso-ji temple can’t be missed of your trip to Tokyo despite its crowds. You can easily spend half day there and enjoy of an amazing walk and shopping.

Tip: during my strolling, I found a very traditional Ramen restaurant which I marked below in the map. On the area you may find many restaurants, but most of them are tourist-made. Enjoy typical local food is not easy to find within this area. Worth to have a try!

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DETAILS

  • Location: Sensoji temple 金龍山浅草寺@ Asakusa district
  • Transportation chosen: Ginza Line @ Asakusa Station
  • Time spent: 4 hours + lunch
  • Score: 8.5/10