Kamikitazawa started to develop when the station Kamikitazawa opened, which happened in 1913. This area has been a residential area for years. It is peaceful and homey. If you like more a quiet place, outside of the city center, but still easy access to Shinjuku, this is the place. It takes 14 minutes to reach Shinjuku by Keio line. Kamikitazawa is located in the west side of Tokyo, therefore it is easier from this area to reach Fuji Mountain, Yomiuri Theme park and Sanrio Theme park. From Kamikitazawa station, these 2 theme parks are reachable in 45 minutes.
[Kamikitazawa in April]
When you walk around Kamikitazawa area and its neighbor Sakurajosui, there is one thing you will notice specifically. These areas have a lot of small green pockets, wonderful gardens and parks around. Just 5-minute from our two sharehouses Okura House and Happy House Kamikitazawa, there is a long narrow Public garden between houses, it called Tamagawa Josui Second Park. It is a part of the 2000-meter waterway Tamagawa Josui, which was created in the Edo period to supply drink water to Edo town (Tokyo city). That canal had transformed to a park, which is lovely and beautiful, especially during spring time.
About 20 minutes on foot from Kamikitazawa station, there is a park called Roka Koshu-en Garden. This is a designated cultural heritage site, and the most unique part of this public garden is the original Japanese-style house from Tokutomi Roka (a Japanese famous author) and the high bamboos.
Beside of these two parks, you have Shogun Pond Park and Koshinomiya park in walking distance. And there is a small temple (Mitsuzoin) which its architecture is interesting. You can tell this residential area is good for a walk or a run.
We need food and drinks, so some food suggestions in Kamikitazawa and Sakurajosui would be good to know too!
We noticed one unique coffee shop, Megane Coffee (Glasses in Japanese). We tried a Coffee Latte and a toasted bread with butter and Red bean paste (Anko). The coffeemaker with glasses makes his coffees by an espresso machine Simonelle Appia II and apparently it is a good coffee shop. It is also published on the website Good Coffee (https://en.goodcoffee.me/coffeeshop/).
If you walk closer to Kamikitazawa station, there is also a local Bagel store, owned by a woman called Kepo and she called her bagel store, Kepo Bagel. They sell their own local bagels which are chewy, original New York bagels and other extra breads. For more information about Kepo Bagel (http://www.kepobagels.com/).
For the ramen lovers, there is a small must-try ramen restaurant in Kamikitazawa: Ramen Koike. This restaurant is even recommended in the Micheline guide! Their recommended signature ramens are Niboshi ramen and Noukou ramen. Noukou ramen is made of chicken broth-based and Niboshi ramen is made of dried fish broth-based. There is a long line, but worth it to wait and try. (https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1318/A131809/13172994/)
Kamikitazawa is overall a peaceful residential area, not crowded and loud. There are useful facilities around Kamikitazawa and Sakura josui stations, like drugstores, supermarkets and convenient stores. Beside of the 3 recommended food & beverage places, there are other izakayas, ramen and the well-known chain restaurants and cafes, like Doutor, Tully, Sukiya etc. To live here, it is a promising convenient place. It would be nicer to have a bicycle, then you are able to go to some popular spots around Kamikitazawa station for bigger nature areas, shopping areas, famous temples, like Gotoku-ji and other local restaurants.
This is a nice guide of Setagaya-ku, you can visit each area, store, touristic spots and others by bicycle: https://mitte-x-img.istsw.jp/kanko-setagaya/file/pamphlet/Setagaya%20Guide%20Book.pdf
For more information about the spots we listed up here:
Address: 4-16-13 Kamikitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 to 17:00.
Due to Pandamic situation, the opening hours might be different
Address: 3-3-3 Shimotakaido, Suginami City, Tokyo
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 to 17:00 and 18:00 to 21:30
Due to Pandamic situation, the opening hours might be different
Tamagawa Josui Second Park
Address: 1 Chome-1-33 Kugayama, Suginami City, Tokyo
Roka Koshu-en Garden
Address: 1 Chome-20-1 Kasuya, 世田谷区 Setagaya City, Tokyo
Opening hours: Every day, 9:00 to 16:30
Due to Pandamic situation, the opening hours might be different
Address: 4-chome-19-18 Kamikitazawa Setagaya City Tokyo
Opening hours: Every day 10:00 to 14:30 and 18:00 to 21:00
Due to Pandamic situation, the opening hours might be different
Welcome! Tulip Real Estate’s new sharehouse! Cozy Village Sangenjaya!
Cozy Village Sangenjaya is a 3 minute Walk from Nishi-Taishido Station on the Tokyu Setagaya Line and an 8 minute walk from Sangenjaya station on the Denentoshi Line and Tokyu Setagaya Line.
Nicknamed as ‘Sancha’, located just 10 minutes away from Shibuya, Cozy Village Sangenjaya is a brand new share house equipped with everything you possibly need from new furniture to new appliances! The private rooms is completely furnished with a bed, air conditioning, desk and chair. It has everything you need to comfortably live. The house is conveniently located close to nearby facilities to supermarkets, cafes, and restaurants. And 24 hour facilities are available in the area if you need it.
The common space shared by everyone! The area is spacious and bright for anyone to relax and enjoy their leisure time while eating or reading a book. The room situated with green plants accentuating the simplistic and comfortable living room.
A snippet of one design of the room in the house. Each room in the room differs from each other, giving each room its own character, allowing each resident to choose a room depending on their style.
A roof top terrace to dry your clothes, or to simply just enjoy the fresh air while getting the chance to view the entire scenery of Sangenjaya, and carrot tower!
One of the main charm points of Sancha is the ability to easily walk from its robust and busy streets to streets filled with comforting silence. Sangenjaya is infused with its rich natural beauty due to its vintage and homely atmosphere, it’s down to earth colour brings comfort to everyone that visits or lives here. The area is compacted with stores that look like they have been there for decades, yet many still people live in the Sancha area as it exudes friendliness, and many are drawn to its creative and vintage atmosphere.
The best way to enjoy Sangenjaya is to explore the area around yourself, there is an abundance of activities and exploration for anyone. For example, come check out Saishoji Temple, which is a good starting point for a journey on the Shoin-Taishido Walk that allows you to view shrines and temples as you explore the pedestrian walkway.
Carrot Tower offers a free view of the observation deck at the 26th floor which allows you to see the entire neighborhood, and Mount Fuji on beautiful sunny days! There is simply no better way than to live right next to Tokyo’s most lively area without paying the extravagant price! You will surely not be bored in Sangenjaya.
Check out our website for more information about this house!
Take a look below of our video of the neighbourhood and Cozy Village Sangenjaya!
With the lifting of the State of Emergency in Japan, life has started getting back to normal gradually.
The shops are opening up after a long hiatus, companies are getting back to normal schedules, and morning trains are getting crowded again.
Although the restrictions are getting looser, it is important to practice the hygiene protocols and social distancing that we have been carrying out, as the experts opinion is that the battle with Corona is far from over.
How is life going to be after COVID-19?
This is something that has been in my mind for a while and I am sure that most of you have come across this thought. This pandemic drastically changed the way of life and would have long term social and economic consequences. As immediate consequences, getting back to social and working life may sound challenging and it is normal to feel anxious and worried in this trying times. Anxiety about not knowing how it would end, about our families back home or when we would see them again are normal, but it is essential that we keep our mental health in check and seek out help if needed.
It is wonderful if we have friends or family listening to and being there for us. But being here in Japan, far away from our loved ones, there might be nobody we could come to, nobody to tell our problems to.
But wait! There is the Lifeline TELL Japan. It is a number you can call – somebody will listen to you.
• Free, confidential telephone counseling
• Anonymous, non-judgmental and caring
• Kids, teens and adults welcome to call
• English-speaking resources and support
And if you are a caring woman willing to help others in need, they offer a program to train and make you that wonderful person on the other end of the line, helping someone else through personal troubles.
It is not the brightest and the most romantic moment right now in 2020, the corona virus is still spreading and it hasn’t been decreased. You might probably know a lot of entertainment facilities are closed and a lot of events are canceled. End of March is almost coming, which means the cherry blossoms will full bloom soon. The governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike warns people, hanami (picnic under the cherry blossoms) is still a risky activity in this situation. She asks people to refrain doing picnic and having parties in parks. Although, she doesn’t want to stop people enjoying cherry blossoms, she said on March 12th: “We discussed what to do with hanami. It is open-air, therefore we still want people to admire flowers.”
Even though, hanami is very fun and it is a tradition in Japan, it is better to listen to the governor of Japan. But how and where can we enjoy sakura (cherry blossom) this year? It is better to go to small local parks in the residential areas instead of the popular big public parks, where a lot of people (locals and tourists) come. Before going to the list of suggestions. Here is the list of sakura festivals which are canceled:
Ueno Sakura festival 2020
Chiyoda Sakura festival 2020
Nakameguro Sakura festival 2020 (along the river)
Shibuya Sakuragaoka Sakura festival 2020
Bunkyo Sakura festival 2020
Jiyugaoka Sakura festival 2020
Sa*kaso Sakura festival 2020 in Asukayama park
Koganei Sakura festival 2020
Sumida Koen Sakura festival 2020
In other small places, there are no festivals hold, but they are still nice to walk around or sit there. According to the cherry blossom forecast, the blossoms have started blooming in Tokyo on March 14th. The best moment is around March 27th. Probably in the weekend of March 28th and 29th you can enjoy the beautiful scenario.
For Happy House Mint and Witt-Style Clover
Two big parks in Nerima ward with a lot of cherry blossoms. Hikarigaoka Park and Toshimaen Park in Nerima ward.
For Witt-Style Nakameguro and Witt-Style Mishuku
One of the most popular spot to see sakura is in Nakameguro, along the Nakameguro river. It might be less busy compare to the previous years, but probably it is better to skip to go there for this year. In Setagaya ward, there is a park called Kinuta Park, which has about 930 cherry blossoms blooming.
For Happy House Kagurazaka & Chilli Pepper and Cream Personally，I went to Iidabashi area for hanami last year, it was not super crowded along the Kanda river, so probably there won’t be many people walking this year. It is beautiful though.
Hi everybody! My name is Kimberly and I am part of the international staff team at Tulip Real Estate.
Born and raised in Canada my entire life, I am here to tell you guys a little bit about myself and my home country, Canada. Canadians are famous for our brutally cold winters, maple syrup, and Tim Hortons!
What is Tim Hortons, you ask? Well, it’s a chain, famous for donuts, specifically timbits, which are round circular doughnuts.
And what makes Tim Hortons so great? Their coffee and doughnuts are known to be affordable and delicious. Tim Horton`s specifically known for their small circular shaped doughnuts nicknamed the `Timbit`.
A soft and delicate delight in the mouth, just absolutely delicious, I highly recommend everyone to try it if ever visiting Canada!
We`re famous for our cold brutal winters, as it can get below zero degrees even in the middle of spring in March. Though, Canadians aren`t too bother with it honestly. The snow never bothered us anyways.
Did you guys know that Canada is the world’s leading largest exporter and producer of maple syrup? Now you guys do! Maple syrup has long been a stable part of Canadian culture and identity. It is unprocessed sugar that’s great for coffee or tea, cooking or baking, or simply used as a sweet top coating. Maple syrup’s actually growing in popularity with its robust flavour despite its sweetness and low calorie intake. Quality maple syrup is a great source of pride for Canadians as it’s a true connection to nature. Early Canadian settlers were taught by Aboriginal indigenous people in how to harvest sap and boiling it into maple syrup. Thus, making maple syrup itself one of the most significant and historic stable in Canadian culture.
So then, why did I come to Tokyo? For the very same reason you`re reading this post! I think it is a wonderful experience to learn and explore new cultures. The moment I graduated University, was the moment I left my home Canada to go to Japan, and that`s why I came here. I want to learn more about Japan, its tradition, and its culture.
One of my favourite spots to explore is Nakano. The area is busted with entertainment, and the food scene is incredible. It`s a bustling neighborhood to indulge in food coma. Nakano is an area that will not disappoint anyone with its large diversity in entertainment and food. For example, Nakano Broadway is one of my favourite places to shop as the place is famous for its multi-story shopping complex for a variety of stores selling popular cultural goods as well as items necessary for everyday use. The energy and liveliness of Nakano Broadway is a place anyone can easily immerse themselves in.
And one of my favourite dessert spots in Nakano is Enishiya! They serve dango, which is a traditional Japanese dessert, otherwise known as rice dumpling. Japan serves dango in a sweet soy sauce glaze called Mitarashi, and it is surely a unique taste as the sweetness from the sauce and soft and tender texture from the mocha creates an interesting but delicious mouthful all in one.
Regularly, we feel a small earthquake in Tokyo. It is quite common here, but it has been predicted that there will occur a big one in Tokyo before the year 2050. For foreigners who haven’t experienced any earthquakes, it can be frightening. How to prepare for any kind of earthquake?
1.)Install this useful app Yurekuru on your phone. It gives warning notifications a few seconds before an earthquakes happens.
2.) On the website of Japan Meteorological Agency, you can find out about the latest Japanese earthquakes. It updates immediately after any earthquake. It is good to know where the main core was, in the case you would like to escape to other cities.
3.) Discuss with other girls in your sharehouse, about a safe place outside, if the sharehouse is not safe to be in after an earthquake. At least you wouldn’t be alone outside after the disaster.
4.) Let the embassy of your country know you are living in Japan by registering your contact information. The embassy can assist you more before, during and after the earthquake. In my experience of the earthquake in 2011, the Dutch embassy contacted the Dutch people who had lived in Japan, that the embassy could arrange airplane tickets from Japan to the Netherlands for free.
5.) Make your house dangerous free. So check if the bookcase is standing against the wall and if certain breakable items are not on the top of a furniture. If necessary, you can tape certain cabinets or closets on the floor, just in case.
6.) Prepare an emergency kit. You can buy those kits in Don Quijote, Amazon.com, home good stores and home centers. Or you can prepare an emergency kit by yourself.
What kind of items are useful to have before the earthquake:
A couple bottles of water
Flashlight + spare of batteries
Mobile phone charger
Radio + spare of batteries
Canned food and other ready-to-eat food
Big plastic sheets, like garbage bags or poncho
Copy of all your important documents, health insurance, bank information, passport etc.
Our sharehouse Apricot Terrace is in Sugamo. Sugamo is a slice of pure, classic Tokyo, served up at your grandparents’ house because you told them your mum hasn’t fed you yet.
Sugamo is known locally as ‘Granny’s Harajuku’ and it’s easy to see why. Geriatrics visit Jizo Dori in their hordes to get the best picks of traditional Japanese sweets, premium matcha tea and old-timey fashions.
But this grandma’s paradise holds plenty of attractions for any ages. Especially visitors who want to see a more old fashioned side of Tokyo. These are our favourites.
The mascot of Sugamo is a very round, white duck called Sugamon and he is adorable. A replica of his butt is stationed at the entrance to Jizo Dori, which can be stroked for a boost of luck in love. His schedule is written only in Japanese, but you can be sure he’ll make an appearance at all Sugamo’s festivals and events. His bum also looks like the shio daifuku that Sugamo is famous for. Mochi filled with red bean paste and flavoured with salt to counteract the sweetness. http://sugamon.jp/
Maruji Red Pants
You may notice an abundance of bright red panties. Not so much Sugamo’s saucy underbelly, rather these underwear are believed to grant you good health if you wear them. Judging by the average age of their patrons, there may be something in it…
This temple is more commonly known by its nickname of Togenuki Jizo, meaning ‘Jizo that draws out the thorn’ in reference to a story about the Jizo deity that is enshrined there. A samurai drew 10,000 pictures of the deity in order to cure his wife’s disease and after that the pictures were also used to cure a woman who had swallowed a thorn. Even now, this temple is very popular with people who want to cure their ailments.
Purveyors of traditional Japanese sweets, you can watch fresh dorayaki being made in front of your very eyes. They also offer cute, colourful monaka for only 100 yen each. A sweet traditionally served with tea, consisting of a jam filling (there’s a choice of flavours such as red bean paste or plum) sandwiched between crisp mochi wafers. A perfect souvenir of your time in Sugamo!
Traditional Japanese Clothing
Although the vast majority of the clothes in Sugamo are geared towards a more mature market, if you want to buy some traditional Japanese wear there are bargains to be had. Old ladies know where to get value for their money. Yukata, which are light, summer kimonos can be found for unbelievably low prices.
If you want to know even more about Sugamo, read our previous blog about the market that takes place there!
Omotesando’s more down-to-earth neighbor and Harajuku’s more sophisticated older sister; Aoyama is a place to refresh, get inspired and feel fancy. So it only makes sense that our staff decided to make it our go-to destination for a girls night out – Tulip style!
There is a certain air to Aoyama that gives it an exclusive feel, perhaps because it is tucked away in the hilly slopes of Tokyo, but the small streets do not feel too narrow. Or maybe it’s the effortlessly fashionable artists and designers that can be overheard talking about their up and coming projects in passing. The tiny, boutique shops and local bars’ dedication to their craft to produce top-notch quality and protect the artisan culture, or maybe it is the eclectic architecture that somehow the groups of tourists have not yet discovered.
Heading over to dinner, we passed by Sunny Hills, designed by one of Tokyo’s most beloved modern architects, Kengo Kuma. Fans of Kuma’s work should definitely check out his many projects scattered around Kagurazaka, where we also happen to have two lovely share houses, Chilli Pepper & Cream and Happy House Kagurazaka.
As we approached the restaurant, we were taken aback at the gorgeous exterior and atmosphere. Walking through the bar area (and slightly regretting our outfit choices), we were shown to a table seated by a lit-up terrace.
Cicada is located just a minute’s walk from Omotesando Station and specializes in modern Mediterranean cuisine. The space itself has a Euro-chic atmosphere but the flavor of the dishes were deliciously authentic. We started with some toasted pita accompanied by various dips of your choice – we went with the classic hummus and a carrot, yogurt, & mint spread.
The cocktail menu was very impressive, which is expected as the restaurant is owned by Tysons & Company, the founders of T.Y. Harbor Brewery.
After our lots of chatting, laughs and “kanpais!” we scoped around the area for a place to grab some cocktails. We stumbled upon Radio Bar and were intrigued by its retro atmosphere, like something out of an old Japanese movie. It turned out that Radio Bar has been around since the 1970s, and THE place to go for cocktail connoisseurs and aspiring mixologists to enjoy a proper pour (which is hard to come across in Tokyo nowadays amongst all the Lemon Sours and Whiskey High Balls).
Accompanied with an incredibly delicious spread of fresh fruits and cheese came Bar Radio’s original cocktails served with impeccable presentation. Each cocktail has been meticulously crafted and perfected over the decades and we appreciated the attention to detail until the last very last drop. Because of the high standards of the establishment, the cocktails are not at all cheap and be prepared to be on your best behavior, that also means to dress accordingly!
Satisfied and slightly emotional over how exquisite our night has been so far, we were not ready for it to end. We decided to check out the nearby Commune 2nd, suggested by our staff Jan who is in the know about many Tokyo’s hidden gems.
At Commune 2nd, you will be greeted with hip, neon clad signs, beer and food stands with a modern-style food truck-like layout, and groups of merry making locals and foreigners alike enjoying themselves over drinks and food.
Commune 2nd closes at 10 PM, let’s clarify that all the shops and eating spaces close at 10 PM sharp! We had too much fun in the lively atmosphere and did not want to leave, but had to take a team pic while we were getting kicked out.
Although at first a bit intimidated and unfamiliar with the Aoyama area, it has become one of our favorite places to explore. Stay tuned for hopefully an Aoyama Part 2 Guide by the Tulip Team and also a possible share house that will be newly opening up in Aoyama some time in the future 😉
Thanks for reading and enjoy Tokyo to the fullest! Tulip Real Estate specializes in female-only share houses in Tokyo. Send us a message to ask about our share houses and we are more than happy to recommended our favorite places to check out nearby.
We met up with Klaudia, a resident in our Happy House Vitamin Color shared house. We strolled through the park with her and ask about her experience in the house.
Happy House Vitamin Color
Klaudia, what interested you to live in a shared house?
As a foreigner, looking for a place to live in Japan is pretty difficult. It was a much easier method than an apartment and I really liked that Tulip’s shared houses are for women only, so I don’t have to worry about feeling uncomfortable.
What is your favorite thing about living in Happy House Vitamin Color?
I work and am a student so I actually don’t spend too much time in the flat. But I love to cook so I use the kitchen often and also love to relax in my room. I have a balcony in my room so I can even sit out there!
Admiring the rainy season’s hydrangeas
How would you describe the surrounding area you live in? Do you have any favorite spots?
I think Nakano is great because it is a bit of a student’s area. Other areas like the main Shinjuku area or Shibuya are very loud and are like party places. I’m a student so for me, it’s better to live in this area because it is so much more quiet. It’s so nice because there are a lot of parks, temples, and shrines around here.
Taking a stroll at the nearby park
What are your favorite things to do in Tokyo?
I am busy working usually, haha! But I love travelling outside of the Tokyo area like to Kamakura or Yokohama because of the port. At night, it really looks like a movie with all of the beautiful lights. I like the Chinatown in Yokohama too.
Has living in a shared space help or change you in any way? How so?
I love cooking at night and early in the morning, but I think about others more like, “Oh, people are asleep right now. I can’t be noisy!” In Poland, we make a lot of food that will last us for a couple of days. But because there is not so much space in Japan, I get to cook more and am more aware about space now.
Klaudia’s favorite jogging route
Have you had any challenges in the house that you were able to overcome or resolve?
I don’t have any problems with the house or the people living here. I’m so relaxed so if someone is making a little bit noise, it doesn’t bother me. I’ve heard some people singing in the house sometimes and I think it’s really funny!
Do you have any other plans in the future while you are in Tokyo?
I would firstly like to finish my Japanese studies and would like to have some time to travel more in Japan. Since I love to bake pastries and cakes, it would be great if I can open my own business here one day and run a bakery.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers about your experience in your shared house?
If you have never lived in a shared house before, it might take a bit to get used to at first. It’s important to remember that you are in Japan, so the size of the spaces are different if you come from a western culture. It is a good and unique thing to experience here!
Spring is now upon us and cherry blossoms are in bloom! The Tulip Team have put our heads together to present you with the best sakura viewing spots next to each and every of our share houses. Below is a list of 14 parks and places with which you wonderful ladies and gents can refer to next time you’re in town for the traditional Japanese cherry blossom viewing custom also known as hanami (花見). From lively, popular viewing spots such as Yoyogi Park in Shibuya, to serene hidden gems in the likes of Araiyakushi Park in Nakano, we’re sure you’ll find one that suits your fancy to admire the fleeting yet sensational wonder that is Japan’s sakura!
A brisk 12-min walk from Happy House Asianand an 18-min walk from Happy House Orange is Nakano Central Park, a dog-friendly open space lined with sakura trees, plenty of eateries (think cafes and shops), convenience stores, and, depending on the time of visit, an impressive, ever-changing collection of food trucks. Nakano Central Park is also the venue of the Cozy Culture Club’s debut hanami picnic event! Bring your own bento and join us for a FREE afternoon of language and culture exchange fun. We’ll be also grabbing freshly brewed Kirin beer at the foodtrucks nearby, so be sure to bring some change.
Interested? Sign up on Facebook or Meetup, we’d love to see you there!
Nakano Central Park 中野セントラルパーク
4 Chome 10-2 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-0001
Nakano Station | FREE Admission
2. Araiyakushi Park 新井薬師公園 | Nakano
For a quiet, pleasant hanami party, take a 3-min stroll down from our Happy House Vitamin Color, Araiyakushi Park is home to 24 beautiful cherry blossom trees. The park is teeming with greenery and features a relaxing Japanese-style koi pond swimming with goldfish and carp, the Arai Yakushi Otera Temple, and a brilliant spectacle of cherry blossom illuminations during hanami season.
Araiyakushi Park 新井薬師公園
5-4 Arai, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 165-0026
Araiyakushi-mae Station | FREE Admission
3. Tetsugakudo Park or Temple Garden of Philosophy 哲学堂公園 | Nakano
Walk 2-min from Cozy Village Jasmine or hop on the 中41 bus heading towards Nakano Station from Happy House Herb for a 10-min ride to a beautiful part forest and part park scenery of ponds, river, and tall trees. Testsugakudo Park, while small-scale compared to the likes of Shinjuku Gyoen and Yoyogi, the park’s 77 philosophy-inspired buildings, stonework, and pathways make for a lovely, serene afternoon stroll. Cherry blossom trees line the riverside leading to a cherry blossom circle perfect for hanami picnics. PS. Happy House Vitamin Colorresidents, you’re in luck with options, the park is an 18-min walk from the sharehouse!
Tetsugakudo Park 哲学堂公園
1-34-34 Matsugaoka, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 165-0024
While Yoyogi Park isn’t the most picturesque of parks in terms of landscape design, its wide open space ensures you won’t be fighting for inches of grass on which to layout your picnic blanket. Plus it ensures you a view of the cherry blossoms no matter where you’re seated! Psst, Witt-style Yoyogiand Witt-style Jinguresidents, the park is a mere 5-10min walk from the sharehouse – leaving you ladies with no excuse NOT to go out on a hanami excursion.
Yoyogi Park 代々木公園
2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0052
Harajuku / Yoyogi-Koen / Yoyogi-Hachiman / Sangubashi / Meiji-Jingumae Station Station | FREE Admission
5. Setagaya Park 世田谷公園 | Setagaya
Despite mainly catering to horse-riding children (yes, there are actual horses meandering on site!), Setagaya Park is home to several beautiful gardens, lovely grassy knolls, a center piece water fountain, and, of course, plenty of cherry blossom trees for hanami. If you are lucky, you might even stumble on an occassional flea market. Psst, this gem of a park is lcoated only a mere 10-min walk from our Witt-style Mishuku sharehouse!
Setagaya Park 世田谷公園
15-27 Ikejiri, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0001
Sangen-jaya / Ikejiri-ohashi Station | FREE Admission
Slightly off the beaten path is the quiet, lush greenery of Wadabori Park, a natural enclave from the city’s hustle and bustle. Happy House Kamikitazawaresidents, take a perfectly doable 15-20min breezy afternoon bike ride from the share house and lose yourself in the leafy shades, and unwind with a stress-free spring stroll down the path lined with cherry blossom trees along the Zenpukuji River. Best of all, the park features 10 BBQ facilities (reservation with the Suginami Ward Office required) and the athletic fields are free for all on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Saturday of the month!
Wadabori Park 和田堀公園
2-23 Omiya, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 168-0061
Nishi-Eifuku Station | FREE Admission
7. Toshimaen Amusement Park
10-min by foot from our Witt-style CloveR is Toshimaen. A lively amuseument and water park throughout the year, the charming old-fashioned park is magically lit up after dark during sakura season. The park’s special “Sakura Nights” entry program provides unlimited access to designated rides and attractions while admiring the illluminations on over 500 cherry blossom trees!
For more sakura illuminations, head over to the exquisite Japanese-style Rikugien Gardens at Sugamo Station near our Witt-style Apricot Terrace. After sunset, the gorgeous Waka poetry-themed park is transformed into a brilliant fairlyland of dazzling cherry blossom illuminations that are well-worth the entrance fee. PS. Word of advise, book online and get there early to make it in ahead of the line of lovebirds! Oh, and don’t forget to bring your camera!
Formed in the Edo era, the Kanda River runs from Inkoashira Park in Mitaka Ward, joining the Sumida River underneath the Ryogoku Bridge. Numerous cherry blossom trees bloom along the riverside, however, one of the best spots to view it is at this particular point inside Edogawa Park, titled 神田川桜並木 on Google Maps, which is a 9-min walk from Happy House Kagurazakaand a 18-min walk from Happy House Stella. The river itself is only a 10-min walk from Happy House Stella, and nearby parks include as Kansen-en Park, Higo-Hosokawa Garden, and the Chinzanso Garden.
2-1 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo, Tokyo 112-0014
Edogawa Park 江戸川公園
2-2-1 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8555
For yet another river-side hanami picnic option, why not check out Sotobori Park, with a promenade that connects Ichigaya and Iidabashi Station. Chilli Pepper and Cream residents! Make a 5-min walk down to the park to enjoy a relaxing morning or afternoon stroll (whichever suits your fancy!) underneath a canopy of white cherry blossom petals while listening to soft river sounds!
Sotobori Park 外濠公園
2-9 Gobancho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 102-0071
Iidabashi Station | FREE Admission
11. Meguro River Park 目黒川船入場 | Meguro
Constantly featuring in Tokyo’s top 10 hanami viewing lists, Meguro River Park is THE place to go for a feel of the much-talked about cherry blossom rain and all-around hanami atmosphere. Numerous small, delectable eateries lining both riversides present the perfect opportunity for a quick bite (or two!). We highly recommend getting there around dusk, grabbing something nice to drink (ala our staff did in the pic above!), and enjoying the changing view from light to night. Our Witt-style Nakameguro residents are in luck, the hanami hot spot is just a 17-min bus trip or a 15-min bike ride from the house!
Meguro River Park 目黒川船入場
1-11-18 Nakameguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0061
The hanami scene at Roka Koshun-en Park is hands down the most floral site on our list, with a fusion of colors from both pink sakura and yellow rapeseed blossoms! Former residence of famed writer and philosopher Roka Tokutomi, actual name Kenjiro Tokutomi, the historic park grounds contain the author’s prior place of abode, a garden and bamboo forest, a shrine, and an abundance of forest-like flora. OKURA HOUSE ladies, we promise you it’s absolutely worth the 15-min bike ride!
Roka Koshun-en Park 蘆花恒春園
1-20-1 Kasuya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-0063
Take a break from Roppongi and enjoy the cherry blossoms with a view of the city’s signature Tokyo Tower at Shiba Park. While not the most aesthetic of parks, its spacious grass fields is excellent for a spot of afternoon napping or for unrolling a substantial picnic spread. The park is also adjacent to the impressive Zojoji Temple, making it a perfect blend of modern, history, and nature sights – all this just a 15 to 20-min walk from our Witt-style Roppongi!
Shiba Park 芝公園
4-8 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011
Measuring 260,000 square meters, Johoku Central Park is one of the city’s largest with plenty of green, open space for spreading out picnic baskets and blankets. With its vast grassy fields, a huge athletic field, and plenty of tall trees, our Happy House mint residents only need make a 11-min walk to reach the perfect spot to do a bit of jogging or an early morning outdoor yoga session! PS. The park also has a special area designated for housing Moro relics dating back to the stone ages to satisfy your inner history buff.
Johoku Chuo Park 都立城北中央公園
1-3-1 Hikawadai, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 179-0084