Escaping the great city life, Showa Memorial Park offers stunning views and colors of nature, not far from the central Tokyo. Being a wide park with various flowers and facilities, lots of activities can be held, making the park, a good destination to drop by and enjoyed at any time of the year.
Showa Memorial Park, An Escape from The City, in Tokyo!
Formerly functioned as a military airbase, later established as Commemorative Park for the 50th anniversary of the Showa Emperor’s era on the year 1983, Showa Memorial Park is a great place to relax and enjoy the brilliance of nature.
Spanning around 165 hectares in size, Showa Memorial Park have vast area of land, with many plants and facilities all over it. They have places for barbeque, museum, cycling, restaurants swimming pool (opened on summer), and if you are worried of getting lost, they have map for visitors to use as well.
Showa Memorial Park and Its Various Colours
Not only famous with Sakura, Showa Memorial Park is filled with other various kinds of plants. The different bloom time creates different feeling when visited at different times. Flowers are available throughout the year, red and gold leaves in autumn, illumination event during winter, making it enjoyable at any time of the year.
Do take note that for most flowers, even though the bloom in the same season, but they may bloom at different timing than the others. So for better and greater experience, please do check with the blooming schedule of the park prior to your travel trip there.
The most notable flowers and trees that contribute to the variation of bright and vibrant colors during spring are Sakura or Cherry blossoms, Tulips, Nanohana (Rapeseed), Nemophila and Poppy.
SummerIn summer, you may find field of Himawari (sunflower) that are as high as an adult. Himawari is the most notable flower to be seen during summer. There are also some other flowers such as Japanese Iris, Fringed Orchid, Hydrangea and few others.
Meanwhile in autumn, you will be able to see a different kind of colors not only the by flower, but the leaves as well such as Ginko, Maple and Cosmos.
On the first half of winter, there won’t be much flower, but they have illumination at night. On the latter half, there are some flowers that will bloom such as Fukujusou (Japanese Adonis) and Wintersweet. Plum tree will blossom at the end of winter. Sazanka (Japanese Camellia) on the other hand can be seen throughout the winter.
Access to Showa Memorial Park
Located in the city of Tachikawa and Akishima, western part of the Tokyo prefecture, Showa Memorial park is not very far from Tokyo. A 20 minutes-ride from Shinjuku station on limited express train (36 minutes on rapid train) Tachikawa station on the JR Chuo Line, then another 10 minutes-walk to the Akebono entrance of the park.
As of the April 1, 2018, the entrance fee has been revised to be 450 yen for adult and free entry for children.
- Spot name: Showa Memorial Park
- Street address: 3173 Midoricho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo 190-0014
- 20 minutes from Shinjuku Station to Tachikawa Station (Limited Express)
- 10 minutes-walk from Tachikawa Station to Akebono Gate