Ueno Park - A walk through this area is essential. It is one of the most extensive green spaces in the city. A visit is spectacular specially in spring with cherry blossoms. Within the complex there is the Pagoda, the Tosho-gu Shrine, Tokyo National Museum. I definitely recommend it.
Nara Park is one of the most visited places in the city. It is a public park that stretches across the eastern part of the city to Mount Wakakusa. It was inaugurated in 1880 and, although administratively it belongs to the prefectural government (provincial), it is considered to be a characteristic place in Nara. It has 660 rooms available, and it is characterized by the peaceful deer which are swarming freely around the park, to the delight of the people passing by. Crossing the park you can reach important places such as Tōdai Nara-ji (http://www.Minube.Com/rincon/14736), the Kasuga Taisha (http://www.Minube.Com/rincon/54828) or the Kōfuku-ji (http://www.Minube.Com/rincon/55960)
What does it take to create the perfect Japanese garden? The simple answer is spaciousness, tranquility, artifice, antiquity, water features and panoramas. In Kenrokuen all of these attributes can be enjoyed. The center point is the Kasumigaike Pond with it's iconic stone lanterns. However venture further in and you will find the delightful plum grove with twenty varieties of blossoming fruit trees and a trickling stream. Close by is the Shigure-tei teahouse. Take off your shoes, step into the tatami matted room and meditate on the framed vistas of the garden whilst sipping green tea and nibbling on a Japanese sweet.
The garden has a high abundance of Onix.
A truly impressive sight to see the whole park in shinjuku center and stop having to listen to the sounds of cars and people and to be able to immerse yourself in the peace of a garden with ponds and carp. This place is highly recommended for anyone who wants to lose themselves a little and find that peace for a while at least ....
Yoyogi Park is a must in Tokyo, the heart of the city much like the Retiro in Madrid or Central Park in New York. It's always full of colour, from spring to winter, as the hundreds of trees change colour. You can rent bikes, and you'll see a lot of people playing sports among the artificial steams and ponds, native vegetation, etc. It was used in the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, when it was the Olympic Village. It was previously home to US officials who arrived after the Second World War.
After spending all day in Yokohama Chinatown, the largest one in Japan, I decided to walk to the Minato Mirai district. I discovered this park, extending over 750 meters into the docks of the city. This is certainly one of the most beautiful walks you can go on in the city. Weather permitting, you can find many locals sitting around enjoying the views. At first I sat on a bench at the entrance and then, resisting to leave, I sat at a small table at the end of the walk, quite near Minato Mirai. A Japanese lady invited me to sit with her and we conversed in English. I was amazed that a lady so old could speak English. I enjoyed the beautiful sunset. A can highly recommend this walk.
Shukkei-en is a lovely Japanese garden in Hiroshima. Since it requires a lot of careful maintenance in order to remain an "oasis" in the city, an entry fee is charged (I can't recall if it was 2 or 3 Euros), but I think it was worth it. While it does not offer anything spectacular compared with other gardens (like in Kyoto, for instance), it isn't as swarmed with tourists because it is not as well known. Even in high tourist season, it's an ideal place to relax. Although it is especially beautiful in the fall (as you can see in one of the photos), I also have a video recorded in summertime so you can get an idea.
Located in the Nomura House and therefore owned by this family of samurai tradition, these gardens are reputed to be the most beautiful of the Nagamachi neighborhood. They have a koi pond, rocks and vegetation following the ancient Japanese customs. The garden is full balanced, elegant and harmonious, all key elements identified by the samurai and Buddhism.
Joodo Teien Garden, a park located north of Tokyo, in Ushiku, contains the largest Buddha in the world, with a height of 120 meters. It is one of essential visits if you go to Japan. For me one of the most impressive places I have ever been, especially since the park is spectacular, thousands of meters with thousands of flowers of all colors, ponds, sculptures, etc. ... A place I will definitely return to if I come back to this wonderful country.
The Banpaku koen (万博 公园) is where the Expo was held in Osaka in 1970, and it's now a memorial park whose symbol is the Tower of the Sun, which was the centerpiece of the exhibition. It's just north of downtown Osaka, Suita, about 15 Kilometros from Umeda and is a common destination for couples and families with children, especially in the fall and spring seasons when the leaves change and the trees are painted a thousand different colors. Admission to the exhibition costs 250 yenes, it may seem odd to many of you to pay to enter a park, but the incentive is that admission also includes access to a huge Japanese garden just north of the main hall worth seeing. There is also a small pond in the park where you can rent a pedal boat and paddle around for 20 minutes (those with many different shapes, generally very childish). This may not be a key point to visit if you come to sight see, but I think it's an ideal place to spend a relaxing day or just to take a walk on the weekend.
Four Seasons Forest Park is a literal translation of the Japanese name: Shikinomorikouen (四季 の 森 公園). It's a small park in the very quiet residential area of Kita-Yamato (北大 和). It has a sandy area in the centre for rest and children's play. The surrounding trees are mostly evergreen and are very showy in spring colours. Since it snows so much in winter, the seasons pass through this park in a very manifest way, hence the name. Though I would not call it a forest, perhaps it once was. The best way to get there is by train. Get off at the station Gakken-Kita-Ikoma (http://www.Minube.Com/rincon/55846).
Koraku-in (后 楽 园) is a beautiful Japanese garden at the foot of [poi = 78009] Okayama Castle [/ poi] and one of the main attractions of the city. It was built in 1687, and completed in 1700. These days it still looks very similar to when it was first constructed, but there have been some small subsequent changes made by the lords of the castle which owned it until 1884 (which it was made public). During World War II, the garden was destroyed, was restored quickly after that time by using gold paintings and prints of the Edo period.
These gardens were built in 1992 for the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the city of Himeji. It consists of 9 separate gardens. His real name is Koko-en, which is derived from "Koko do", the name of the provincial school founded in 1692 in Himeji by Lord Sakai, the lord of the land. You can enter the gardens between 9am and 4:430pm. Entrance costs 300yenes, and it is very much worth it.
Situated within the temple Narita-san Shinsho-ji these incredible gardens are one of the nicest parks I've ever visited. Its greatness is worth mentioning, as the park has about 165,000 square meters full of native flora and fauna. What else that draws attention to a Westerner is that this type of gardens. It is amazing to take a walk through meadows, ponds and even small waterfalls. What's more, when we visited the park, the time coincided with the end of the cherry blossom, which made it more beautiful. In the park there were lots of people picnicking and enjoying the spring field and also thanks to that great day we went. So you know. If you want to enjoy a nice walk in the city, it is best to park close to Narita-san-koen. By the way you can enjoy a beautiful temple.
When you get to Hakone you simply must go to Gora as well, it's a must-see. As from there we want to arrive as soon as the lake from which the Fuji is not usually taken into account the signals that tell us of a park that is just five minutes from the station and spend half an hour worth of our time. The main reason for the park are flowers, there are flowers of every kind, color, size and smell. In the greenhouse you'll see a variety of topical plants that are absolutely gorgeous. Then you can go outside and see a Japanese garden with a tea house where we can be spectators at a small ceremony where we offer the bitter and greenish liquid. In my opinion the ceremony isn't as strict as it should be, and I know what I'm talking about, but okay as experience, you also have to understand that is focused on tourists that usually do not know the etiquette to be followed as a guest. If you go early, stopping by before going to try to see the Fuji, that since you are in Gora worth it. Admission is 500 yen, and then you'll also have to pay for the various activities you can do inside, like tea ceremony that I remember that were another 500 yen. If you have the special Hakoke pass you'll get in for free :-) This really is a cool place to visit, so go check it out!
This spring I visited this beautiful park and for me it was like walking in a field of dreams. I have been lucky enough to visit many incredible places throughout Japan, but certainly this is one of the ones I have been most impressed by. Mainly because of its color and the peace there. You must visit it during the spring if you have the chance.