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Yoyogi Park

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Location
  
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Area
  
54.1 ha (134 acres)

Created
  
1967

Phone
  
+81 3-3469-6081

Yoyogi Park

Address
  
2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0052, Japan

Public transit access
  
Harajuku Station, Yoyogi-Kōen Station, Meiji-jingumae Station

Similar
  
Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi‑Hachiman Station, Yoyogi‑Kōen Station, Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Profiles

Yoyogi Park (代々木公園, Yoyogi kōen) is a large park in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, located adjacent to Harajuku Station and Meiji Shrine.

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History

Yoyogi Park stands on the site from where the first successful powered aircraft flight in Japan took place by Captain Yoshitoshi Tokugawa on 19 December 1910. The area later became an 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.

In 1964, the area was used for the Tokyo Olympics housing the main athletes village and the Yoyogi National Gymnasium. The distinctive building, which was designed by Kenzo Tange, hosted the swimming and diving, with an annex for the basketball.

In 1967 most of the area north of the gymnasium complex and south of Meiji Shrine was turned into Yoyogi Park.

The park is a popular Tokyo destination. On Sundays, it is especially busy when it is used as a gathering place for Japanese rock music fans, jugglers, comedians, martial arts clubs, cosplayers and other subculture and hobby groups. In spring, thousands of people visit the park to enjoy the cherry blossom during hanami. The landscaped park has picnic areas, bike paths, cycle rentals and public sport courts.

Tokyo's failed bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics included a proposal to redevelop Yoyogi Park. A new volleyball arena was to be built west of the Yoyogi National Gymnasium. It would have replaced an existing soccer field and athletic field. The arena would have remained after the Olympics as a multiple use venue. In Tokyo's 2020 Summer Olympics bid, Yoyogi National Gymnasium is the proposed venue for handball events.

2014 dengue fever cases

In 2014, Tokyo experienced one of its worst dengue fever outbreaks in 100 years and the first recorded cases in 70 years, with nearly 200 confirmed cases. The first case was reported on August 27, 2014. Using gene sequencing techniques, scientists determined that the outbreak originated in Yoyogi Park. Dozens of visitors to the area contracted the disease, leading to the park's closure on September 4. No further cases were discovered after September 18, and the park re-opened to the public on October 31.

References

Yoyogi Park Wikipedia


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