Japan Spring 2018 | Showa Kinen Park

by - June 17, 2018

Showa Kinen Park


We arrived a few days late from Tokyo's Cherry Blossom full bloom season. I knew many suggests to try a side trip to Showa Kinen Park since the flowers bloom a few days late here than central Tokyo.

I was hesitant to go since we were a bit disappointed on our first day because we almost didn't see any cherry blossoms in Chidorigafuchi park. Well... we were able to see few trees in full bloom, but what I really had in mind to see is an entire area full of cherry blossoms in full boom - just like in the pictures you see online.

Chidorigafuchi at night
Chidorigafuchi at night. No sight of Cherry Blossoms


The season arrived too early this year - Flowers bloomed in Tokyo around March 17 and the best viewing (full bloom) was March 25 to April 1. We were in Tokyo from April 4 to 9 and our original plan was to go to Showa Kinen Park on April 8 since based on what I read on some forecast articles, this place is a few days late than central Tokyo. However, when we weren't able to see much flowers on our first day, we changed our plan and decided to go to Showa Kinen Park the next day, April 5.

How to go to Showa Kinen Park

We were staying near Yoyogi Station, here's what we did to go to the park:

Travel from Yoyogi Station to Showa Kinen Park
- From Yoyogi Station take the JR Yamanote line for Shinjuku/Ikebukuro station and get off at Shinjuku station | 1 station away about 2 mins
- Go to Chuo line (orange line) to Tachikawa Station | 4 stops about 23 minutes
- Walk for around 14 mins to Showa Kinen Park

Total Train Cost: ¥475

** Looks like they have a regular and rapid service trains in Chuo Line that stops at Tachikawa Station. It also seems that these trains may stop at the same platform so it can be confusing. I actually only noticed this on our way back to Tokyo. We only rode the regular train which I guess have more stops thus longer travel time.

You might be concerned on that 14 minute walk but you won't even notice it (probably). On your way, why not stop at a convenience store to buy food to take with you for a picnic in the park? We bought food at the train station but while walking towards the park we can't help but think that we need more food! so we also stopped at the convenience store - I think it's 711 or Lawson. Actually, we really planned to join the Hanami in Showa Kinen Park so we brought our round tapestry towel. If ever you need a walk path, here is what we followed - Tachikawa Station to Showa Kinen Park

Entrance Fee: ¥450
Other Fees: The park is so big so if you have limited time, try to check which parts do you want to go to and you can ride a 'tram-train' inside the park and get off at the station nearest to the spot you wanted to go to. 1 ride costs ¥310.  You may check other fees in THIS page.
Operating Hours:
9:30 to 17:00 (March to October)
9:30 to 18:00 (weekends and holidays between April and September)
9:30 to 16:30 (November to February)

Closed on December 31, January 1 and the 4th Monday of February and the following day
Official Website: http://www.showakinen-koen.jp/guide-english/schedule-english/

Click HERE for the park map!

Showa Kinen Park Entrance

Ticket Machines at Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park Map


We bought our tickets at the machine right outside the gate. Then we went straight to the train stop (right side after you enter the gate) and bought our train tickets from the train driver. We asked the train driver to drop us at the Cherry Blossoms area but he said the Flower Garden is much better so ofcourse we believed him :)


Train at Showa Kinen Park

Train at Showa Kinen Park




We enjoyed our train ride, it is like a tour around the park already! We dropped off at the Flower Garden and the train driver is right! It is sooooooo beautiful! Tulips and other types of flowers are everywhere! we definitely forgot about the cherry blossoms at the moment. Look at my unedited pictures of the beautiful spot.

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park



Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park




Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park


The Cherry blossoms are near the tulips area, you can see them from the Flower Garden train stop. We went there when we decided to eat our lunch so we can join the Hanami. It was soooo cold that day plus the wind blew a bit strong that we need to make sure that our blanket is properly set on the grass or else we will have to chase it around. The cherry trees are no longer in full bloom but better than what we saw in Chidorigafuchi. We lay our blanket and prepare our food and took a lot of pictures first before eating. :D

Showa Kinen Park

Hanami at Showa Kinen Park



Showa Kinen Park


After we ate, we walked to the field of yellow rapeseed blossoms. I saw this on the pictures online. It was beautiful and photogenic. We also saw prenuptial pictures taken here and around the park. 

Showa Kinen Park


Showa Kinen Park


 Showa Kinen Park


Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park


 After staying some time at the area of rapeseed blossoms, we walked around the park again just around the flower garden and enjoyed the sight of kids biking, playing and enjoying hanami. We saw  more prenup pictorials and a bunch of people holding their cameras making sure to capture the beauty of the season in the park. We head back to the tulips, took few more pictures and finally went to the train station. Here are some of my pictures :)



Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park


Overall, I am glad we went to this park. Even though we haven't seen the best of the cherry blossoms, we have seen the beauty of the tulips and other flowers. Although we haven't seen the entire park, we still feel very contented with what we experienced in the Flower Garden.

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