Baji Koen is a beautiful, horse-centric park in Setagaya-ku that spans 45 acres that is great for children and families. The park was originally built in 1940 by the Japan Racing Association to become the first comprehensive horse facility in all of Japan. A few decades later it even held events for the 1964 Summer Olympics that were held in Tokyo! Although the park is located relatively far from central Tokyo, it has a variety of facilities , indoor and out, related to equestrian events where you can see over 100 horses grazing or training for competitions. On weekdays you can go to the horse-petting areas to hangout with these amazing animals or even enjoy free pony-riding for the kids. The real fun happens on the weekends however, when you get to see the equestrian matches live or see one of the horse shows where the horses perform their best tricks!
Even if horses are not your thing, the park also includes beautiful Japanese gardens with plenty of seasonal flower arrangements that make it easy to stroll and relax on a nice day. Baji Koen is the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon, and best of all, its free!
TIP: Make sure to check the Baji Koen website and calendar beforehand to make sure they have the events you want to see.
Baji Koen Location Information:
〒158-8523 2-1-1 Kamiyoga, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: 15 minute walk for Yõga Station (Tokyu-Den-entoshi Line) (click on the google Map for directions)
Hours of Operation: March-October: 9AM-5PM, (November-February: 9AM-4PM)
Estimated Price: Free
“Why Go?”: Beautiful parks and equestrian events all for free!