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Tachikawa Attractions: What to do & Places to Visit in Tachikawa
"This is a very large and well designed park. It's an excellent place for photography in spring and especially in autumn. There is an avenue of ginko trees (ichou) at the southern end leading to the entrance of the inner park and continues inside the entrance. These look particular splendid in yell..."ow autumn colours. Entry to the inner park is just 400 yen where there is a very pleasant walk around a large artificial lake.
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"Japan has a proud history of polar exploration including the early explorations of Lt Nobu Shirase in Antarctic a hundred years ago. The museum is small but gives a good representation of Japan’s past history and current research activities. English literature and assistance are available. It’s d..."efinitely worth a visit if you are in Tachikawa area. The museum is on the south side of the National Institute of Polar Research building, about 400 metres from the western side of the Takamatsu Station on the Tamatoshi Monorail line (one station north of Tachikawa city centre).
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"This park occupies about 80% of what was formerly the Tachikawa Air Force Base where I was stationed way back when. The east portion is still a Japan Self Defense Force Base with mostly helicopters.
Go to the Nishi Tachikawa Station for the entrance as it is a long walk, although flat from the T..."achikawa station. This will entail a change from the Chuo Line to the Ome Line at Tachikawa Station.
There is an excellent Japanese Garden in the northern end of the park, it includes a tea house where macha and a sweet can be taken while viewing a small lake and a small "Fuji viewing mountain", probably built from the debris of the buildings demolished to clear the park. It is crowded on weekends and holidays but this is true of most everything in Japan. The admission fee is quite low about 400 yen as I recall, bikes can be rented, and there is a tram that runs through the park if you are not in a walking mood.
Good cherry blossoms in the spring, and outstanding tulips in the early...
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