Koganei ParkFree: All time

Opened in 1954, Koganei Park is the second largest park in the Tokyo metropolitan area. It features a number of attractions including its spacious grass area, surrounding forests, cherry trees, children’s playground, an archery, a steam locomotive display, and 16 tennis courts. There’s also a 17-degree artificial slope where locals are often found sliding down on sledges. Visitors are welcome to borrow one of the park’s sledge to have a go at this. Koganei Park has some 2,000 cherry trees, making it one of the best place to view cherry blossoms in spring season. Other interesting, but not free, things to do in Koganei Park are renting a bicycle to explore the park and visiting the Edo-Tokyo open air museum.

Address:1-13-1 Sekino-machi, Koganei-shi, Tokyo
Opening hours: Daily 24h
Direction: Train JR Chuo Line to Musashi Koganei Station, north exit; followed by any bus from bus stop 2 or 3 to Koganei Koen Nishi-Guchi stop
Phone: +81 042 385 5611
Website: www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index050.html

Photo credit: tim t. (Flickr CC)