Ecotourism has become a buzzword that’s here to stay and Tokyo’s ensuring they aren’t left behind.

Yoyogi Village is an eco-friendly park that’s making waves on the ecotourism circuit. The brain-child of music producer Takeshi Kobayashi, Yoyogi Village is any eco-traveler’s dream. Kobayashi’s innovative design leaves something for everyone, with two zones that cover every eco-fan’s needs and desires.

Trees in YoYoGi Park, Tokyo.
Photo:  Mr. Hayata

Yoyogi literally means “generations of trees” and Kobayashi wanted to build a place in the heart of the city that would not only allow individuals to slow down from the hustle and bustle, but that inspired visitors to be more mindful of the environment. From lighting to landscaping, Kobayashi and his team make every little detail stand out with carefully chosen flora from a wide range of species.

This dedication to design excellence makes it a necessity to see Yoyogi Village by both day and night, just so you witness the incredible differences for yourself. During the day it is a bright haven, with lush greenery at every turn, while at night, walkways become another world, and scattered “stars” trickle down from within buildings.

As for the diverting activity zones, for the sweet sounds and thumping beats of Kobayashi’s music bar, head on over to The Village Zone to get the party started. Later, relax in the holistic mind and body center—a great way to unwind after a long day of being kind to the environment. When you’re rested, find a bite to eat at one of the upscale eateries, where delicious—organic of course—morsels grace the palate. If you can’t decide on a place to eat, try Italian restaurant Code Kurkku, as already it’s making a good name for itself.

If you’d rather steer clear of the music scene, try The Container Zone instead, where a shop-till-you-drop experience awaits. Here book shops, clothing stores, an art gallery, and travel agent are just a few steps away.

This balance between ecology and fun, with all activity and buildings structured around a central landscaped garden, makes Yoyogi a prime eco-tourism destination. Don’t miss out, visit Yoyogi Village for a quality eco-tourism experience.