Tokyo Neighborhood Guide: Hikarigaoka


Hikarigaoka Park: A Gathering Place for Everyone

A wide ginkgo road extends directly from the station to Hikarigaoka Park. The autumn, when many of the leaves turn a bright yellow, makes this route appear its best. From here and across the park, you may observe people enjoying picnics under the trees, watching birds in the protected area surrounding the western pond, joggers and bikers making leisurely rounds, skaters practicing on the expansive esplanade, and introspective individuals sitting on seats. There are also people that hunt for insects in specially planted patches of tall grass.

Flowers Throughout the Year

No matter the season or time of year, if you keep an eye out, you can find some flowers in bloom in the park as well as in the neighborhood. 

In the spring and fall, visit the Four Seasons of Incense Rose Garden for an abundance of heavenly hues and scents. While you're there, register for one of the many programs offered there, such as ikebana and making holiday decorations, among others. There are also a few nightly illuminations around Christmas.

Where in Hikarigaoka to Shop, Eat, and Relax

There is a shopping complex just next to the station where locals conduct their daily shopping. After spending the day seeing the neighborhood, tourists can recuperate in the restaurants and cafés that are available. Soba, tonkastu, sushi, yakiniku, omurice, and curry are just a few of the many options available both inside the mall and on the street leading to the park.

You have a wide range of options for your caffeine fix, including ice cream, kakigori (shaved ice), pancakes, and anmitsu. Our preferred? The 108 Matcha Saro's matcha specialty. Here, you may obtain authentic matcha beverages and delicious imagawayaki made with seasonal ingredients.

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