A Quiet Sunday in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

Like many visitors to Tokyo I had heard/read that Yoyogi Park is a nice, relaxing place to visit – literally a walk in the park, but that was only part of the attraction as this park by Harajuku is also well known as a gathering place for many rather quirky individuals, especially on a Sunday…

Yoyogi Park

A woodwind quartet rehearsing in the park? Great idea! No neighbours to annoy here, and such intriguing sounds to hear from the distance, drifting through the trees…

Yoyogi Park

Same for this harp player, although there was a drummer a bit too close for her liking and she had to keep relocating to be heard/hear herself…

Yoyogi Park

Further through the park we could see some frenzied activity so we went to investigate and found this guy, who had a small crowd of kids and adults totally entranced!

Yoyogi Park

Every five minutes an adult would come over to him & request a business card

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

The two guys above were playing drums, kind of in time with the larger group in the photo below who were further into the forest, or maybe they were just listening to the beautifully complex delays bouncing off the trees…

Yoyogi Park

Where else would you practice tightrope walking? In your apartment?

Yoyogi Park

A bunny party?

Yoyogi Park

Ok a dress up bunny party??? And is that orange plastic thing some kind of bunny cam?

Yoyogi Park

As we headed back towards Harajuku station we could see a fairly animated crowd & could hear some weird distorted music….

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

Rockabilliy dancing? in the park? Sure, whatever bakes your cake…

Yoyogi Park

There were two groups of these guys, and they seemed to alternate songs, striking weird poses as much as dancing…

Yoyogi Park

More info on the history of these guys here

Yoyogi Park

To get to Yoyogi Park just catch the Yamanote Line to Harajuku and it’s a short walk and you are at the entrance – map and more info here

Whats the strangest thing you’ve seen in a city park?

2 Responses to A Quiet Sunday in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

  1. Chris Todd says:

    Great to see so many people enjoying themselves and being so publicly zany. The world NEEDS MORE ZANE!

  2. I visited Yoyogi back in 2001 and had a similar experience. It wasn’t a Sunday, rather in the week. But my ears suddenly perked up when I heard some distant music floating through the trees. So I followed it and actually came across a kind of amphitheater in the middle of the park. There was some kind of school music contest going on so I stayed and watched about ten different bands play.

    I headed back to Yoyogi very often throughout my stay and always found some kind of crazy stuff going on!

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