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Escaping to Showa Kinen Park
2019.04.07

There's no doubt that Kichijoji is a great location to live. Being home to two different train lines, you can reach either Shibuya or Shinjuku in less than 20 minutes - this is something really to be cherished in the bustling metropolis of Tokyo. But it's important to remember that Japan has so much more to offer beyond Tokyo. Yet again, Kichijoji is a great place to start. If you take the JR Chuo Line from Mitaka Station and head to the west, you open up a whole world of spectacular nature to be explored. Tachikawa is the next up and coming spot, with lots of development happening. It's a great place to visit with lots of interesting izakayas, drinking spots and of course everyone's favourite furniture store IKEA.

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But did you know there's an amazing park just waiting to be explored? If you can catch a special rapid train towards Tachikawa it only takes you 15 minutes to arrive in a totally different world. The Showa Kinen Park has an entrance fee of 440 yen, which is very reasonable and definitely worth it. Because the park is so expansive and located to the far west of Tokyo, there's no sense of overcrowding and it usually draws lots of families, kids and couples too. All around you there's people just chilling, enjoying the good weather and in Spring you can enjoy the most spectacular forest of cherry blossom trees.

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Since the recent weather has been a bit cold, the cherry blossoms have stuck around a bit longer than anyone anticipated. This meant we were able to squeeze in one last hanami and surprisingly, it ended up being the most enjoyable spot to go. Not only was the scenery just breath taking, but it was so nice to be away from the concrete jungle of Tokyo and out in the fresh air of nature. We packed a small picnic lunch and managed to find a great spot under the trees to spread our blanket.

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With a pack of cards and some good tunes, we ended up staying there for nearly four hours - much longer than we had anticipated.

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Although our goal for going to the Showa Kinnen Park was just to check out the cherry blossoms, we were blown away by the beautifully kept tulip garden. It was really something special and I would definitely recommend going there during early April when the flowers are in bloom.

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The park also has a water park inside, which we are making sure to visit when it opens up in the Summer. There's also shops inside the parks, where you can purchase grilled foods, snacks and of course - ice cream! How could we resist not getting one?

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We didn't even have to ask each other if we would come back or not because it's just certain that we will. It was really a great day out, very accessible and everything went so smoothly. I definitely have to recommend escaping Tokyo for the day and heading to the Showa Kinen Park.

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Date posted :
2019.04.07
Poster :
Roo ルー

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Irish photographer who calls Social Residence Kichijōji home.
You'll usually find me in a nearby coffee shop with my camera or working on articles in the shared living space.
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