Attraction 4 Chome-26-13 Inokashira, Mitaka-shi, Tōkyō-to 181-0001, Japan Published on: 26-02-2016
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Why Inokashira Park is special ?
Inokashira Park straddles Musashino and Mitaka in western Tokyo, Japan. Inokashira Pond and the Kanda River water source, established during the Edo period, are the primary sources of the Kanda River.
Inokashira Park, located in the lively Kichijoji neighborhood, is one of Tokyo's oldest parks. The southeast side features a forested area and sports complexes and is home to the Ghibli Museum. On the northeast side is a pond with rowboats and paddle boats, a handful of little cafes and restaurants, a small children's zoo, and a temple. The zoo is home to squirrels, monkeys and a single elephant, and the pond itself hosts turtles, enormous carp and an impressive array of waterfowl.
What to explore at Inokashira Park?
You can ride the Swan boats on the lake. It is a chance to admire the fascinating sightseeing of the park on the lake.
You can take your children to go to the Inokashira Park Zoo. There are many animals in the zoo where you can enjoy beautiful plumage of ducks, geese, swans, and cranes and so on.
Fortunately, you can watch some free shows. The artists at Inokashira Park are unique because most of them do ask for money (or either have a hat where you can donate or purchase one of their CDs).
Moreover, you can visit the Benzaiten shrine. It’s a beautiful, vivid red that looks especially breathtaking during the cherry blossom season. Aside from housing an apparently jealous or vengeful spirit, it is a great place to stop and relax for a bit.
The ducks are a lot cuter than the fish and, if you’re on the boats, a mob of them will follow you around the lake. You can try feeding them.
How to get to Inokashira Park?
By car: Approx. 20 min. from Chofu IC
- 5 minutes by foot from Kichijoji Station on the JR Chuo Line/Keio Inokashira Line
- 1 minute by foot from Inokashira-koen Station on the Keio Inokashira Line
By bus: Take the Odakyu Bus and get off at the Koen-iriguchi/Bunkaen-mae bus stop
- A relax and dating spot
- Great for Sakura viewing
- Nice place to walk and watch the people
- Red Trim Temple and People Watching
- Quiet and lovely
4 Chome-26-13 Inokashira, Mitaka-shi, Tōkyō-to 181-0001, Japan
Tips for you
The park is bigger than you think. Take time to walk around the lake and then beyond.
A nice place to visit over a weekend if you just want to chill and do a spot of people watching, especially in summer, where you have people engaging in leisure activites, like music, painting and jogging. Paddle crafts and row boats are available for hire and the park is large enough for an hour leisurely stroll. If you like, you can walk to the Ghibli Museum too; or visit Inokashira Zoo that's located within the park too. Proximity to Kichijoji station means lots of options for dining, if you don't want to dine at the few eateries located within the park.