Visit Date: 11/17/2014 (Best viewing Time: early November to early December)
Showakinen Park (officially known as Showa Commemorative National Government Park 国営昭和記念公園) is located in Tachikawa, which is only a little over 30 minutes by train from Shinjuku station. With its about 163 hectares land area, the park includes sport fields, barbecue pits, a boating pond, pools, and different magnificent gardens that blooms at various time throughout the year.
Visitors to the park can choose to get off from several stations and we chose the Nishi-Tachikawa station as it is only less than five minutes walk to the entrance gate.
The koyo season around the park usually tends to begin earlier than most of the Tokyo parks, which starts around late October and peak either mid or late November. The colors in this entrance however is still very green, only few trees have changed color.
The Open Field is the largest open space within the park with the size of about 11 hectares. The area serve as a venue for various events like concerts, firework displays, sports events like frisbee or family relay marathon, and many more. On a regular day, the field serves as a picnic and family bonding grounds.
The trees in the Cherry Blossom area located on the west of the Open Field are already past their peak. Most of the cherry trees have already shed their leaves. Almost the entire area is carpeted with crunchy leaves.
The Japanese Garden located near the Open Field area is one of the highlights of the park. The garden depicts a traditional Japanese landscape with a large pond at the center and surrounded by stones and colorful trees. It offers breathtaking views and natural skyline with no buildings obstructing the view, unlike most Japanese gardens in Tokyo. It is indeed a place wrapped in a calm atmosphere.
The maple trees surrounding the park were at various states of color from complete green, yellow, orange, to blazing red. The most colorful trees are found around the pond and tea house which are mostly near their peak.
Another highlight of the park is the ‘Ginkgo Avenue’ which consist of more than 100 ginkgo trees lining up the canals close to the Tachikawa entrance gate. The trees at the rear of the entrance already started shedding leaves. However, those close to the fountain still possesses green leaves.
Several other clusters of ginkgo trees can be found along the trails throughout the park and some of these have already reached their peak.
Visitors love cycling under the brilliant ginkgo trees.
Overall it seemed like it was still slightly before the peak colors around the park today. There were some attractive foliage especially the maples in the Japanese garden, the ginkgo trees in the Tachikawa entrance and along the walking paths throughout the park but most of the other trees were still green and may be reaching their peak within the next two weeks.
|Address: 3173 Midori-cho Tachikawa City, Tokyo 〒190-0014
|Jan – Oct: 9:30 to 17:00 | Nov – Dec: 9:30 to 16:30
Adult: ¥410 Adult: ¥290
Child (6-15): ¥80 Child (6-15): ¥50
over 65: ¥210 over 65: ¥210