Brilliant Bonsai in Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park (Showa Memorial Park) is an often forgotten, but amazingly varied park west of central Tokyo. Along with great cherry blossom and autumn colour spots, the park has a purpose built outdoor bonsai museum. It’s free to enter for those you have entered the main park, and offers a spectacular selection of bonsai,Continue reading “Brilliant Bonsai in Showa Kinen Park”

The autumn leaves have started! Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park (aka Showa Memorial Park) is a huge park near central Tokyo, and is one of the best places in Japan for autumn leaves. Here are some pics from this weekend (15th November 2014). The entrance to the park Two ‘roads’ of autumn leaves line each side of the long lake The parkContinue reading “The autumn leaves have started! Showa Kinen Park”

A kingdom of cherry blossom trees – Showa Memorial Park

While Showa Memorial Park is a little far way from central Tokyo, it’s worth heading out to see it during the cherry blossom or autumn colour seasons.  The park was opened in 1983 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the last emperor.  As it was created during Japan’s economic boom, it has been well developed, settingContinue reading “A kingdom of cherry blossom trees – Showa Memorial Park”

Beautiful, free traditional garden – Former Yasuda Garden

Part of the East Tokyo Historical Walk, the Former Yasuda Garden is a wonderful (and free!) traditional garden near the Edo-Tokyo Museum.  It has a small lake, surrounded by some interesting traditional Japanese statues, bridges and lanterns. A Japanese garden isn’t complete without a red bridge! There is a nice, easy to follow route around the garden. It’sContinue reading “Beautiful, free traditional garden – Former Yasuda Garden”

Former Yasuda Garden

The Former Yasuda Garden (旧安田庭園) is a medium sized traditional Japanese garden night next to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. While not the biggest, it is a very beautiful garden and most importantly it’s free! Budget travel tips It’s only a minute or two from Edo-Tokyo Museum, so it’s an easy walk. Former Yasuda Garden is a nice place toContinue reading “Former Yasuda Garden”

Showa Memorial Park Autumn Report

As part of my Autumn colours adventure, I went to Showa Memorial Park.  The free park outside was so stunning, and because of the huge holiday lines I didn’t actually go into the paid area!  It’s well worth a visit. On the park to the park, the Tama Monorail line is lined with Autumn colour trees.Continue reading “Showa Memorial Park Autumn Report”

Showa Memorial Park

Showa Memorial Park is a huge ‘park of parks’ not far from Shinjuku.  There are all sorts of things to see and do, such Japanese gardens, attractions for children, cherry blossom areas, lakes and much more. Budget travel tips The free part may be enough for you. We got our Autumn Colours fix (pics here), andContinue reading “Showa Memorial Park”