The park is divided into two main areas: one for trees and a bird sanctuary and one for an outdoor stage and a stadium.

The Vietnam Phở Festival 2023, themed “Harmonious Flavors: Enjoying and Exploring Vietnamese Culinary Culture,” is an important stride of the ‘Day of Pho’ (December 12), hosted annually by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, as it will be held abroad for the first time.

The event aims to enhance the global recognition of Vietnamese culinary culture, particularly pho, a Vietnamese soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat – usually beef or chicken.

The Yoyogi Park daily welcomes a high number of local and foreign visitors to explore the ‘green lung’ of Tokyo
The Yoyogi Park daily welcomes a high number of local and foreign visitors to explore the ‘green lung’ of Tokyo

The event is co-organized by Tuoi Tre and Saigontourist Group in coordination with the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association, and several Japanese partners.

Among the many chefs scheduled to attend Vietnam Phở Festival 2023 are winners of the ‘Hoa Hoi Vang’ (Golden Star Anise) award Nguyen Tien Hai, Nguyen Tu Tin, and Pham Quang Duy.

‘Hoa Hoi Vang’ is awarded each year during the ‘Day of Pho’ to honor pho chefs from across Vietnam.

In autumn, leaves of trees in the park turn yellow, creating a poetic scene
In autumn, leaves of trees in the park turn yellow, creating a poetic scene

Participating restaurants at this year’s event include Pho Dau, Pho Hai Thien, Hotel Majestic Saigon, Pho Phu Gia, Pho’S, Sen SASCO, Pho Ta-Binh Tay Food, Pho VGCC, and Pho Thin Bo Ho.

The festival will be rolled out in association with national carrier Vietnam Airlines, Suntory Beverage & Food, Southern Airports Services Joint Stock Company (SASCO), Dai-ichi Life, Simply Food, and some other enterprises.

Miss Intercontinental 2022 Le Nguyen Bao Ngoc is this year’s ambassador for the festival.

The park looks like donning a new coat with different kinds of flowers in each season of the year. Besides yellow leaves, visitors can admire long-lived rosa multiflora
The park looks like donning a new coat with different kinds of flowers in each season of the year. Besides yellow leaves, visitors can admire long-lived rosa multiflora
A lake, a fountain, and benches along a path make the park become more romantic
A lake, a fountain, and benches along a path make the park become more romantic
Meiji-jingu, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, is located next to the Yoyogi Park
Meiji-jingu, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, is located next to the Yoyogi Park
A corner of Meiji-jingu
A corner of Meiji-jingu
The 'Vietnam Phở Festival 2023' is the first pho festival to be held at the Yoyogi Park
The ‘Vietnam Phở Festival 2023’ is the first pho festival to be held at the Yoyogi Park.