Can you imagine having a picnic or chilling out under the sun reading a book in a garden that is above a major road junction in Tokyo? You can do exactly that at Meguro Sky Garden, an incredible piece of engineering that looks like a donut. The structure is circular in shape being one hundred and seventy-five meters in length and another one hundred and thirty in diameter. Being a circle there is nothing in the middle at the top, but if you look down to ground level you will find a sport field! The actual garden runs around the perimeter at the top and is thirty-five meters at its highest point and eleven at its lowest. Sky Garden is an oasis that gives you a break from the busy city.
I like it a lot, as it is something different. From the outside, it kind of looks like the Colosseum, but with the garden/park on top, it is very environmentally-friendly. It provides the concrete jungle with a little more green space.
The garden is great, very beautiful with something for every season. It has many paths to explore and the sunsets from the top are very nice too! The place is hardly ever crowded. And the noise from the busy roads that pass by, is very limited. Meguro Sky Garden is a very good place for a picnic, but just remember that as there are no rubbish bins you need to take your rubbish when you leave.
If you are hoping to get some nice cityscape photographs from Sky Garden, it’s not so good as there is a fence around the side of the structure and the many trees there, get in the way of any good scenic shots. Yes, you can get a few shots through the fence, but that’ll be hard to do for most cameras. On a nice day, you can supposedly see Mt. Fuji, but I still haven’t seen it yet. The architecture is nice to shoot as are the different flowers when in bloom.
If you are looking for something unusual to see; have a picnic in an interesting place, or; a lover of architecture/engineering Meguro Sky Garden might be the place for you. You can see its (Japanese) website here.
How to get to Meguro Sky Garden
The garden is very close to Ikejiri Ohashi station which is on the Tokyu-Den-En-Toshi line. Leave via the south exit and it is only a few minutes away. Here is a Google map:
From April to October Meguro Sky Garden is open from 7am to 7pm. From November to March it is open from 7am to 5pm.
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