Parks and Recreation

These parks offer fresh air as well as family-friendly, outdoors-y fun, all conveniently located in or near these major cities.

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Take the whole family to the greenest parks in the city.


Seoul Children’s Grand Park, with its zoo, amusement park, outdoor performance venue and ecology facilities in Gwangjin-gu — about 30 minutes by bus from the city center — is perfect for a full-day outing.



Yen So Park, a green lung in the Hoang Mai district, houses natural lakes, themed gardens, cultural buildings and options for dining and shopping. Entry is free, which makes the place perfect for a stroll or picnic with friends and family. There’s occasional live, outdoor entertainment and there are bikes and boats for rent.



Adjacent to the Tokugawa Art Museum is Tokugawa-en (or Tokugawa Garden), which was once the retirement villa of Mitsutomo, Lord of the Owari-Tokugawa clan. Now a public park, it has a large network of trails that lead to a samurai tea house, rest houses, restaurants and bridges.



“Visiting the iconic Osaka Castle Park is a must when you travel to the Kansai region. Admire the built environment and soak up the mood of the historical grounds. Tip: Get an Osaka Amazing Pass and you can enter the castle for free!” – Sef Tac-an; IG: @seftacan



“Take a breather from the buzz of the city, with a stroll through the green and breezy Pasonanca Park. Experience it early in the morning — on a run — or go later in the day for a picnic with friends and family. Slower, more relaxing visits can be enjoyed at the gardens at Le Jardin de Maria Clara Lobregat (or Butterfly Garden Park).” – Shemane Cordova; IG: @shems.c

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