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PARK IN THE SKY: Miyashita Park's glow up is real

Posted on March 19, 2021

Almost a year on since Miyashita Park’s grand reopening, it is safe to say that the park has literally and figuratively been elevated to new heights with its recent renovation, becoming one of the most popular hangout spots in Tokyo. Miyashita Park was first established in 1953 as an outdoor park and in 2020 transformed into a giant shopping mall, including various restaurants, cafes, a hotel, as well as a rooftop park full of opportunities for activity. What is most impressive about Miyashita is the stunning architectural design and urban planning that went in to create a thriving public space for adults and children alike. On the second and third floors, you’ll be able to find the more famous establishments such as Starbucks, a KitKat store, and even fast-food chains that are otherwise hard to come by in Japan, such as Panda Express. There are also many boutique shops and unique eating spots scattered throughout the building, including an outdoor ‘yokocho,’ or alleyway, where you can find almost all kinds of authentic Japanese food.

kyu-chan statue miyashita park

photo by @ch1ry

As you walk up to Miyashita Park, you’ll be greeted by ‘Kyu-chan,’ the multi-colored sculpture that resembles a cartoon dog. If this makes you think of Hachiko, the other famous dog statue in Shibuya, that’s exactly what the artist intended. ‘Hachi’ means eight in Japanese, while ‘Kyu’ is nine.

Miyashita Park rooftop

photo by @miyuki__1985

One of the first things you’ll want to do when you get to Miyashita Park is to visit the rooftop. Stretching out over an area of 10,000mand a length of 330m, there are plenty of seats to relax on, or you can even find a patch of grass to lay down on. The newly opened Miyashita Park Sequence Hotel can be seen in the background.

Miyashita Park's Hachiko statue

photo by @kouyou_jp

Miyashita Park also has another rendition of the loyal canine on the rooftop called Shibuya Compass/Hachiko Space. This installation was created by Yasuhiro Suzuki.

Seating area Miyashita Park

photo by @pi._.ipp

Climbing wall Miyashita Park

photo by @ch1ry

With a climbing wall and a skate park on the roof, the possibilities for fun at Miyashita Park are endless. Take inspiration from the triumphant, yellow monkey (Motoka Watanabe) perched atop the wall and reach for the sky!

Miyashita Park rooftop

photo by @takahiro_tokyocafe

Miyashita Park is truly a communal space. Due to the earthquake resistant nature of the building, it even serves as a temporary shelter in the event of natural disasters such as earthquakes.

Cafe and seating Miyashita Park

photo by @miyuki__1985

The blend of lush greenery and ample seating area makes Miyashita Park the perfect place to come bring a book and relax in the middle of the big city.

Shibuya Yokocho restaurants

photo by @shibuya_redvlp

Shibuya Yokocho is a typical Japanese-style alleyway that lines the side of Miyashita Park with restaurant after restaurant. These ‘izakaya’ are a casual form of dining where you can order beer and other alcohol as well as various ‘otsumami’ (side dishes). Izakayas can get very loud, so don’t be shy to yell ‘sumimasen!’ for the waiter — that’s the Japanese way!

photo by @akiyo96

Almost every signature dish in Japanese cuisine can be found in this amazing treasure trove—tempura, sashimi, ramen, yakitori, katsu, and even unagi. Keep in mind that izakayas can get very loud, so don’t be shy to yell ‘sumimasen!’ for the waiter (that’s the Japanese way!)

Access: 6-20 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

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Nearest station: Shibuya (5-min. walk)

 

Written by: Maya Kimura Watts

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