This huge park in the heart of Tokyo is known for its various sports facilities. However, it also offers many other attractions for visitors of all ages. The best-known spot is Jingu Stadium, Tokyo’s oldest baseball park. It opened in 1926 and is home to the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan and Jingu Stadium is a great place to experience the enthusiasm of Japanese fans. A skating rink, tennis courts, and driving range are just some of the other facilities on offer.
History fans will enjoy looking around the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery. The Meiji era (1868 to 1912) was one of great change, as Japan opened up to the world after centuries of isolation. Eighty works by top artists show the life and culture during this important period in Japanese history. The Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery also houses a culture school. It offers classes in various traditional arts, such as tea ceremony, flower arranging, calligraphy, and dance.
For younger members of the family, the park has a wide range of colorful playground equipment, as well as plenty of open, grassy areas for running around. Meiji Jingu Gaien is an ideal place to have a picnic on a sunny day—or to try out one of the various restaurants, which range from casual cafes to fine dining establishments. The park is also a popular location to view fall foliage when the avenue of gingko trees display their golden leaves. The best time for leaf viewing is typically mid-to-late November.
Approximately a five-to-ten-minute-walk from any of the following: Shinanomachi Station, Sendagaya Station, Gaienmae Station, Aoyama Icchome Station, Kokuritsu-kyogijo Station
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