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Where to Find Time Out in Tokyo

13th April 2017

'I want to experience the Tokyo locals love.'

Despite the frenetic pace of hypermodern Tokyo, it is surprisingly easy to find peaceful places to take a pause, from traditional gardens and temples to lookouts atop skyscrapers. Tokyo is a city that rejuvenates visitors with both energy and perfectly designed green spaces.

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Meiji Shrine Inner Garden

This sprawling park feels more like a forest than an urban oasis. This peaceful garden, complete with a

lake and a stream that is said to have restorative powers, is completely covered in the most spectacular display of blossoms during the warmer months. It is especially beautiful in June when the irises are in full bloom.

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Kamiyamacho District

Entering this neighbourhood located immediately north of Shibuya is like entering another world. The streets are calm, the buildings are picturesque, and the vibe akin to a small town. Home to embassies and academics, the district is full of excellent bookstores, coffee shops, bakeries, and restaurants to enjoy while you explore.

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Covering 58.3ha, and just 10 minutes’ walk from Shinjuku station, this garden has three distinctive areas: French formal and English landscapes in the north, and a traditional Japanese garden to the south. This is one of the first places the cherry blossoms bloom in spring, too.

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

While you won’t necessarily get away from the crowds up here, visit in the late afternoon to watch the city turn from blue to pink and purple as the sun sets. It is simply spectacular.


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