Family, budget-friendly activities abound at Tokyo’s Inokashira Koen park
For more than 100 years, a park in the heart of the trendy neighborhood of Kichijoji has been drawing families and young people with its scenic landscape complete with a large natural pond, many sakura trees and an adjacent street lined with stylish stores and cafes.
Inokashira Koen is a 95-acre park situated in the suburban Tokyo community of Musashino on the site of a former shogunate-owned forest. The land it sits on was donated to the city of Tokyo by the Japanese government in 1913, and the park opened to the public in 1917.
As the Musashino area is home to more than 10 colleges and universities, the park is a hotspot for local students looking to relax and socialize between classes and on weekends. It’s also a famous spot for hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, and is included in Japanese government’s list of the 100 best hanami locations in Japan.
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