Yoyogi Park is a great area for people watching, dog spotting, playing sports, and one of my favorite ways to meet people and try new food: picnics! During my very first hanami (花見), or cherry blossom viewing season, I discovered that Yoyogi Park is one of the best areas in Tokyo to do this. Yoyogi Park is walking distance from Harajuku Station and has weekly food festivals and events. Since MeetUp is becoming a popular app in Japan between foreigners and young Japanese people alike, it is not uncommon to see groups come here and spread a tarp over the ground for international parties!
The most common food you will see at these picnics are takoyaki (fried octopus dumplings), crepes made fresh from Harajuku food stands, a variety of tea and sake, and popular Japanese snacks like Pocky and rice crackers. Usually everyone will bring one drink for themselves and one snack to share with everyone so there is plenty of food to go around! The atmosphere is very friendly and you can freely walk from tarp to tarp to meet new people and try new food. The beautiful cherry blossoms are an added bonus to this wonderful food and company!
For upcoming events in Yoyogi, please see 代々木公園イベント.