If you think that vast fields of blooming wildflowers are something you won’t find in Tokyo…think again! From mid-September to mid-October every year, the lowly cosmos is elevated to extravaganza status at two different gardens, blossoming in snapworthy profusion for about four weeks.
SHOWA KINEN PARK – Tachikawa
This truly enormous park is about an hour from Shinjuku station, but is totally worth the trip during cosmos season. Photos can’t quite capture just how unexpectedly huge these fields are. There’s also a very nice Japanese garden, and the best playgrounds in Tokyo, if you have kids.
Admission: Adults ¥410, Children (6-14) ¥80
Hours: 9:30 – 16:30
HAMA-RIKYU GARDEN – Tokyo (near Shiodome Station)
This large garden is right in central Tokyo, and in addition to the cosmos field, there is a big pond you can walk around, with scenic bridges.
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00
And I know Mt. Fuji isn’t in Tokyo, but it you happen to be going that way…
HANA NO MIYAKO FLOWER PARK
These cosmos are actually outside the paying part of the flower park! They are just growing along the road, in the fields surrounding it.
Hours: Never closed
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!