Picnic Spots in Tokyo - 8 of the best


2019.01.30

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Picnic Spots in Tokyo - 8 of the best

Eating inside is so 2018. Everyone loves a picnic, and no one does dining al fresco quite like Tokyo. It doesn’t matter if you can’t cook–most restaurants allow you to order items mochi kaeri (Japanese for “takeout”) and every convenience store has stacks of shelves lined with everything from nuts to noodles. Why waste your time setting the table? Grab a basket and enjoy your next meal at one of our favourite picnic spots in the city.

  • 01

    Yoyogi Park

    Yoyogi Park

    Yoyogi Park

    A veritable picnic paradise, Yoyogi’s stretches of green fill up fast with diners on sunny days (especially during cherry blossom season). Conveniently located near the JR Line’s Harajuku or Yoyogi stations, it’s one of the largest parks in Tokyo and offers a nice mix of terrain depending on your tastes: tree-shaded, pond-side, and more. There’s a good amount of bathrooms for quick trips to the loo and enormous bins for disposing of your post-meal trash, too. Nearby convenience stores tend to have long lines with folks buying last-minute supplies, so save time by shopping elsewhere in advance. And if you’re going on a holiday, get there early to snag a prime spot.

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    place
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Yoyogikamizonochou , Jinnan 2
    phone
    0334696081
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    Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

    If you like a spirit with your sandwich, head elsewhere: Shinjuku Gyoen doesn’t allow alcohol or loud music, which makes it a poor choice for a rowdy nomikai (drinking party) but perfect for a family outing. The park was first created as part of the private residence of an Edo-era feudal lord, and while the resulting splendour demands a modest entrance fee of 200 yen (50 yen for children) it’s a small price to pay for the chance to picnic in one of three sumptuous gardens: English, French, or Japanese.

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    3.5

    รีวิว 10
    place
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Naitoumachi 11
    phone
    0333500151
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    Kitanomaru Park

    Kitanomaru Park

    Kitanomaru Park

    A mere hop from the Imperial Palace, Kitanomaru Park is a great place for a woodland stroll but also makes for a great picnic. Enter via the north end’s Tayasu-mon Gate near Kudashita Station and walk south to find a lunch spot near the moats circling the park. It’s an ideal place to have a meal, and watching couples row by in rented boats while you stuff your gob with onigiri (rice balls) makes for an entertaining afternoon. If you’re up to it, you can even join their ranks after lunch to work off that extra handful of cookies. Kitanomaru is spectacular all year, but try and visit during the spring or fall for cloud-like puffs of cherry blossoms or spectacular fall leaves, respectively. Bonus: the nearby Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT) makes for a nice pre-picnic appetite stimulant or some high-brow visual dessert.

    สวนคิตะโนะมารุ
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kitanomarukouen 1-1
    phone
    0332117878
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    Wakasu Seaside Park

    Wakasu Seaside Park

    Wakasu Seaside Park

    While getting to Wakasu Seaside Park takes time (approximately 15 minutes by bus from Shin-kiba Station), this long stretch of bayside greenery offers great views of Tokyo Bay, the Tokyo Gate Bridge, and even Mt. Fuji if the weather’s right. Fishing is permitted and barbecue facilities are available, which means those handy with a reel can enjoy their fresh catch hot off the grill. Cycling roads make for a great way to round out the day and make the trip worthwile. There’s also a sizeable golf course, if that’s your thing.

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    place
    โตเกียวโคโตวาคาสุ3-2-1
    phone
    0335223225
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    Showa Kinen Park

    Showa Kinen Park

    Showa Kinen Park

    Located in West Tokyo, Tachikawa’s sprawling Showa Kinen Park is a great place for a picnic. Start at the southeast Akebono Entrance’s Field of Dream [sic], then head west for a walk around Waterfowl Lake. If you’re around in late July, have an outdoor dinner underneath the Showa Kinen Park Fireworks Festival’s 5000 sky rockets, or go deluxe at Tokyo Picnic, a two-day outdoor extravaganza in October which finds the park filled with vendors offering treats for every tastebud.

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    place
    Tokyo Tachikawashi Midorichou 3173
    phone
    0425281751
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    Zenpukuji Park

    Zenpukuji Park

    Zenpukuji Park

    Zenpukuji Park is about a 15-minute walk northbound from either Nishi-Ogikubo or Kichijoji Station on the JR Line–though walking from Kichijoji means moonlight picknickers can get dessert at nocturnal Doughnut Plant, which, rather inexplicably, opens at 10pm–but we digress. The park is split between two ponds, each with its own interesting features like strings of koinobori (fish-shaped kites) dangling over the northern pond in May or fiery fall leaves in October and November. It’s much quieter than Kichijoji’s Inokashira Park, which makes it a great place to enjoy a secluded lunch (lovebirds, we’re talking to you)

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    Inokashira Park

    Inokashira Park

    Inokashira Park

    Though Über-famous for its cherry blossoms in the spring, Inokashira is a hit all year. Weekends feature street performers, craft stalls, and the occasional local concert in the concrete bandshell on the park’s northern side. It’s far enough from the city centre that you can get a real feel of nature, but still only 10-minutes west of Shinjuku on the JR Line or Shibuya via the Keio Inokashira. Supplement your picnic with a drink from one of the park’s adorable cafes–the best of which is, non-negotiably, Blue Sky Coffee’s cottage-style shop. If you’re on a date, watch out for those swan boats: legend has it that the jealous goddess living in the park’s benzaiten shrine will curse any boat-bound couples.

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    โตเกียวเมืองมิทากะชิโมเร็นจากุ1โจเมะ1
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    No matter when you’re in Tokyo, the city’s pleasant climate means it’s always a good time for a picnic. The next time you’re hungry, forget the restaurant and refuel in one of Tokyo’s world-class parks.

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