Baji Koen
Setagaya-ku: Park/garden
Baji Koen: Setagaya-ku
Setagaya-ku / Park/garden
Open March-Oct 9am-5pm; Nov-Feb 9am-4pm. Open every day.
Free admission
Average visit time: 30-90 minutes

Run by the JRA (Japan Racing Association), this horse-centric park has extensive riding grounds and over 100 resident horses. Equine-related shows and more informal events are held frequently on weekends, while weekdays tend to be quieter - you'll probably spot a few horses wandering about, but most people are here for picnics or to stroll through the 45-acre grounds.

There are several lovely gardens to explore, and the park is especially popular during cherry-blossom season. Free pony rides are held once a month, and there's a three-day annual horse show during Golden Week. On event days the central path is lined with food stalls and vendors specializing in horseback-riding equipment.

While you're in the neighborhood, you may also want to check out the lemurs, cactus plants and giant geckoes at the Food and Agriculture Museum, or stop for a snack at the museum's Petit Radish Cafe - they're located next to the park entrance.

Setagaya-ku, Kami-Yoga 2-1-1.
2 minutes from Nodai bus stop (buses from Shibuya take around 24 minutes); 15 minutes from Kamimachi (Setagaya line tram); 20 minutes from Sakurashinmachi (Denen-toshi line); 20 minutes from Kyodo (Odakyu line);
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