|Inokashira Koen, Kichijoji|
Inokashira Koen is my favourite park in Tokyo. It's located in the neighbourhood of Kichijoji, a lively area which is quite similar to Shimokitazawa: lots of secondhand and vintage shops, cafés, as well as unique little boutiques.
Inokashira Koen is located mere steps away from the station, and literally is a peaceful haven in the midst of the bustling adjacent streets. The park has a bridge and a large lake in the middle, on which you can ride pedal boats and giant swans. Last summer, Isabel and I had such an amusing time riding around in a swan, especially in the summer heat when you can splash around a bit (and have your kind housemate take photos since three people cannot find on a swan, sadly).
The park also features a small zoo, which I haven't had the chance to visit, but I doubt it has exotic animals, perhaps only the farm kind.
Sunday was one of those gorgeous, early summer days, so a handful of had a leisurely picnic on the bordering grounds: mojitos (the canned kind, what else), crisps, and delicious home made chocolate cake. We lounged about until sunset, then sleepily headed back (for pizza and wine), as sunbathing does require quite a lot of energy it seems.
I want to spend every single Sunday there.
|Trees, lake, fountain|
|The small zoo: still a mystery|
|Bring a leisure sheet, the grounds are grassless|
|The path surrounding the lake|
|Swan parking lot|
|Mid-afternoon lake is bumper cars-like|
|The day started with Bear Pond iced latte|
but they made me switch to something stronger
|My dirty socks at the end of the day + picnic sheet|