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“Show Kinen Park, Tachikawa, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park
3173 Midoricho, Tachikawa, Tokyo Prefecture 190-8530, Japan
+81 42-528-1751
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Ranked #1 of 7 attractions in Tachikawa
Type: Parks
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“Show Kinen Park, Tachikawa, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

One of the most beautiful gardens I've visited and it's all FREE. Off the exit in Tachikawa. It is easy to get to. You do need walking shoes, the park is huge, but easy to walk. The trails are very clean, the flowers magnificent and depending on the season, you just might see the cherries in bloom. I didn't get there in time, but still enjoyed the beauty of the park. The green, the water lillies, etc, etc. Don't miss it, you'll be sorry. For those of you who might tire after a while, there is a trolley available.

Visited April 2013
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“Beware of rain when going for the fireworks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

From what I have seen, this is a vast and beautiful park and I hope to some day explore it more. We only came for the fireworks. Be mentally prepared for a huge crowd which includes migration from and to the station, gladly all very civilized and well organized. The gathering what seemed like 100.000 people was mind boggling and when just before the fireworks the wind picked up, thunder and lightning chimed in and last but not least a heavy downpour, it was interesting to witness who was and was not prepared. There is hardly anything to find shelter under.

Visited July 2013
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Basel, Switzerland
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“Nice, quit and beautiful day out in the nature”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Sunny, Sunday afternoon. A lot of people but not crowded. Beautiful park with a little entrance fee. Playing fields, lake, biking or just a nice long walk.

Visited June 2013
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“Huge park, most convenient”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

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 Tachikawa 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 spring. Cosmos in the fall if you are a fan of them as is my wife, and during the oban season a lot of higanbana.

There is a good Fireworks Festival in mid-July and a good Christmas Illumination in late December. For both Fireworks and Christmas Illumination you must use the Tachikawa Station as they are not in the park proper.

A good place to spend the day, nothing truly exceptional but pleasant, nice, relaxing and inexpensive. Bikes and strollers are available to rent for a nominal fee.

Visited June 2012
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Hobart, Australia
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“Very beautiful Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

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 yellow autumn colours. Entry to the inner park is just 400 yen where there is a very pleasant walk around a large artificial lake.

Visited November 2012
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