As a nature and animal lover myself, I am always wondering what outdoor options I can discover next, and somehow, I found this beautiful and peaceful equestrian park only twenty minutes away from Shinjuku Station by train.
The park is called Baji Koen and is open every day from 7:00am to 5:00pm. Located in a quiet residential area in Setagaya, it offers great options for those who want to escape from the busy streets of Tokyo.
This park was opened to the public in 1940 for the purpose of training riders and their horses in the art of equitation. It is blessed with an abundance of nature. Besides the 40 different kinds of wild birds there are many varieties of flowers, including plum, cherry, azalea and rose, which remind us of the beauty of the four seasons. And especially on warm days, it is an ideal option for a quiet picnic or to let your kids run around and play in one of the colorful and horse-shaped recreation spots.
During the summer, horses can be seen daily only in the early morning, usually from 7:00am to 8:00am, so I definitely encourage you to become an early bird for a change, and start your day surrounded by elegant horses training, jumping and doing what they do best.
To avoid disturbing the horses, please refrain from bringing your pet. Dogs or other kind of pets are not allowed.
At present, there are various events popularizing horse affairs so that people can become familiar and friendly with horses and cultivate a deeper understanding of them.
Many events and competitions are held during the year, such as Dressage and Show Jumping, among others. And every month the famous “Meet the Horses Day” is held. This includes horseback riding, rides on horse-drawn carriages and pony performances.
If you are planning to attend the “Meet the Horses Day”, please be aware of crowds. And don’t say we didn’t warn you.
If watching live horses makes you thirsty for more, pay a visit to the Horse Gallery located right next to the main entrance of the park. The gallery is open every day from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Please note that opening hours might be subject to change.
How to get there: The easiest way from Shinjuku Station is taking the Odakyu Odawara Line bound for Hon-Atsugi until Chitose-Funabashi Station. The train takes only 19 minutes and runs every 8 or 10 minutes. Once you arrive in Chitose-Funabashi, walk for two minutes along the main street and take the local bus bound for Yoga Station. Please get off just in front of a big Starbucks and Tsutaya bookstore. The name of the bus stop is Noda-Imae. The park is located on your right. You can´t miss it!
Address: 2-1-1 Kami-Yoga, Setagaya, Tokyo 158-8523
For more information → http://www.odakyu.jp/english/