Take a break from the concrete skyscrapers of Shinjuku City at Shinjuku Central Park. This natural getaway is located in western Shinjuku and is the ward’s largest public park. The park is about a five-minute walk from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, which offers stunning panoramas of Tokyo free of charge, and is a wonderful local spot to relax after observing the cityscape. Enjoy the balance of nature and urban life.
The greenspace has a family-friendly atmosphere and is home to a number of outdoor facilities. Have picnics on the verdant lawns and go for a walk or jog along the park’s paths. It also features a skateboarding area, an exercise plaza, a man-made waterfall, an indoor bouldering wall, a yoga studio, a restaurant, public bathrooms, and more. For younger children, the park has playgrounds and a small wading pool. During the weekends, the area sometimes plays host to flea markets, so be sure to keep an eye out for lively happenings.
The park is also a popular spot to admire seasonal nature. Enjoy cherry blossoms in spring, hydrangeas in summer, and fiery foliage in autumn.