Kinuta Park – another hidden Tokyo gem

Kinuta Park roses
One of Kinuta Park's rose gardens.

Kinuta Park is another of Tokyo’s hidden gems. With ninety-six acres of space, local citizens have a great place to run around and have picnics. It is pretty big. I was impressed with my first visit there. There is something I must admit, though. I went in the wrong season!

Japanese woman walking pomeranian dog
Kinuta is a great place to walk your dog, on its outer paths.

Yes, I went in late spring. After the cherry blossom season! What a dunce I was. But honestly, Kinuta was never high on my list of priorities to visit. Why? Well, no one ever talks about it. The park wasn’t on my radar at all. That was a big mistake. Yep, I had no idea I was missing out on something. So, how did I end up going?

Setagaya Art Museum boot art
Setagaya Art Museum boot art.

Recently, a friend spoke to me about it. We’re always talking about places to photograph. She was surprised I had never been there because the cherry trees are so good. So, I thought I better check it out. I’m glad I did because it will be my spot for them in 2024!

Japanese juggler
You'll even find buskers there.

When I went, the trees weren’t in bloom, but I got some sense of what they would look like when they are. Talk about a hidden gem! Next spring is going to rock. I’m already excited about it. Still, other seasons have flowers like roses. There is always something to enjoy.

What else can I say about Kinuta Park? Well, nature lovers adore it. In some areas, it is forest-like. You can enjoy a nice walk, jogging, and sunbathing. Many people work on their tans there.

It is family oriented. Parents enjoy the various play areas with their kids. There is a soccer and a baseball field. You can even enjoy a cycling course.

Kinuta Park Setagaya Art Museum
Kinuta has a lot of art because there is an art museum.

A brief history of Kinuta Park

  • It was planned in 1935 to celebrate the 2,600th anniversary of the founding of Japan by Emperor Jimmu. 
  • For the 1940 Summer Olympics, the park was a candidate for the athlete’s village.
  • In 1957, the area became a golf course. It was closed in 1966 and turned into the park it is today.
  • Apparently, in the 1970s, it was popular with bosozoku. 

Kinuta Park details

See the park’s opening hours and location on the official website.

Access to the Park

  • The closest station is Yoga on the Tōkyū Den-en-toshi Line. The walk to the park is about twenty minutes. That’s pretty far.
  • It has a twenty-four-hour car park.

Why do photographers like Kinuta Park?

  • Bird Sanctuary
  • Buskers
  • Cherry blossoms (2024 photos here)
  • Rose gardens
  • Setagaya Art Museum

Other photo spots in the area

  • Baji Park 
  • Komozawa Olympic Park
  • Soshigaya-Okura Station (Ultraman statue)
  • Todoroki Valley

Dog rules

Kinuta Park has a walking course for dogs. Unfortunately, they are forbidden from the lawn areas.

How big is the Park?

It’s about ninety-six acres. There is lots of space.

people park sunbathing
Do you need a place to sunbath?

Wrapping Up

Kinuta Park is a gem in the concrete jungle. You will be surprised. It is a refreshing place to recharge your batteries. Anyway, I can’t wait for 2024 to check out its cherry blossoms. They will be good! So, I’m sorry to say this is another article that is a work in progress. Please leave your questions and comments below.

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