For the sake of continuity, I felt compelled to include this picture from Shinjuku Gyoen National Park. It was a nice day even if it was a bit cold for our first visit to a big city.
Parks like these seem to be plentiful in the Land of the Rising Sun. Of course you have to pay to get in (this one was only $2 USD). But as you can see, it’s worth the price of admission.
With the general over population of the Japan as a country, combined with tourism being the main money-maker at most city centers (Shinjuku, included). I’m sure the head honchos make a killing.
Conversely, having to pay for admittance also keeps the homeless out.
I’m not making some big statement about helping the poor. I’m just pointing out the contrast of entering a public park in Japan while it’s own less fortunate citizens have taken residence outside of the park gates.