In spite of what is said about Tokyo being a concrete jungle, there are some centrally located parks and gardens. Ueno Park, Shinjuku-Gyoen and Yoyogi Park are all famous for their cherry blossoms in spring, and they offer an urban retreat all year round.Teien (庭園, gardens) feature the historically tranquil ambience of traditional Japanese landscaping. A small admission fee is charged, and entrance is limited to park hours only.
The larger public parks, or “Koen,” allow visitors to enjoy a wider selection of activities, ranging from sports to cultural activities. If you are bringing your dog with you, remember to use a leash and to clean up after it. Some parks have fenced in “dog areas” where you don’t need to use a leash. However, some of these require a membership, so make sure to check before letting your dog go free in one. Though certain parks prohibit the use of fire, there are still several where barbecues are permitted.
Parks around Yokohama greatly reflect the area’s history, and are much different from those in Tokyo. Aspects of Japanese, Chinese, and Western aesthetics have been exquisitely combined to create a unique and intriguing landscape. Their hilly terrain afford a number of spots that boast breathtaking views.See also: the list of Parks and Gardens