Former Military Parade Ground turned into Tokyo’s Largest Public Park
Yoyogi Park is the largest park in central Tokyo, located adjacent to Harajuku Station and Meiji Shrine. On Sundays, it was used as a gathering place for Japanese rock music fans. In spring, thousands of people visit the park to enjoy viewing cherry blossoms. The landscaped park has picnic areas, bike paths, cycle rentals and public sport facilities.
US Military Barracks “Washington Heights” Located Here
Yoyogi Park stands on the site where the first successful powered aircraft flight took place in Japan in 1910. The area later became a Japanese army parade ground. From September 1945, the site housed the military barracks known as the “Washington Heights”, for U.S. officers during the Allied occupation of Japan.
Main Athletes Village for the Tokyo Olympic in 1964
In 1964, the area was used for the housing of athletes at the Tokyo Olympics, alongside the Yoyogi National Gymnasium. The distinctive building, which was designed by Kenzo Tange, hosted the swimming and diving competitions, with an annex for basketball. In 1967 most of the area north of the gymnasium complex and south of Meiji Shrine was turned into Yoyogi Park.