Some of the most beautiful parks we have ever been in are in the beautiful country of Japan. Intricate thought and care were put into the creation of each one and we cannot help but marvel at the beauty of these gardens whenever we visit one. Filled with stunning trees and flora, each park is unique and they vary depending on the season.
During Hanami (Cherry blossom season), you will be able to catch these beautiful sakura in full bloom at most of these parks. No matter where you are in Japan, you will find a tranquil and stunning park to enjoy. Here are 10 Most Beautiful Parks in Japan You Need To Visit At Least Once In Your Life.
#1 CHICHIBU-TAMA-KAI NATIONAL PARK
Mount Mitake sits within the Chichibu-Tama-Kai national Park and it is a sight to behold. Located in Tokyo itself, on the Western side, you can embark on a great hiking adventure here while discovering shrines and the beauty of nature.
#2 HAMA RIKYU GARDENS
This landscape garden sits within the metropolis of Tokyo. Unlike the bigger national parks, these gardens are mainly for landscape viewing. You can even grab some delicious lunch to-go and enjoy it here.
#3 IMPERIAL PALACE EAST GARDEN
What used to be structures belonging to the castle in the Edo period here, is now but a few ruins. However, surrounding it are beautiful gardens. It is best to visit the Imperial Palace east Garden in Tokyo after summer to catch the gorgeous autumnal leaves.
#4 KIYOSUMI TEIEN
This is yet another landscape garden meant to be enjoyed by the general public and we are floored by the amazing traditional Japanese structures and beautiful flora and fauna. A fun fact – some of the landscape stones here are famous stones that were acquired from all across Japan and are highly valuable!
#5 KYU SHIBA RIKYU GARDEN
Tokyo is a city and hence, you will not be able to find much nature within the concrete buildings. Thankfully, there is no lack of gorgeous landscape gardens such as the Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden for you to visit when you want to take a break from city life.
#6 SHINJUKU GYOEN NATIONAL GARDEN
The Shinjuku Gyeon National Garden is one of the most breath-taking gardens we have ever been in. Every corner of the garden is a perfect photo opportunity and during the cooler months, you can just simply come here to have a nice picnic with friends or family.
#7 THE INSTITUTE FOR NATURE STUDY NATIONAL RESERVE
This is one of the lesser known gardens but nevertheless, one of your must-visit spots if you ever visit Tokyo. Walk through the lush towering fauna in the reserve and you can stroll through many of the trails here and just have a nice, relaxing time.
#8 TODOROKI VALLEY
The walking trail here is highly recommended as it is extremely picturesque. A surprise you will get at the end of the trail is the Todoroki Fudo Temple, some shrine structures and a number of sakura trees which you can catch at full bloom during Hanami.
#9 UENO PARK
People flock here during Hanami as it is one of the best spots to view the stunning cherry blossom trees. Bring some packed lunch and a picnic mat and you can experience a perfect afternoon here.
#10 YOYOGI PARK
As one of the most popular and talked-about parks in Japan, Yoyogi Park is one of Tokyo’s largest with wide lawns, ponds and forested areas. Yoyogi Park is especially known for its ginko tree forest, which turns intensely golden in Autumn.