[YOUTUBE] Shinjuku Gyoen
What is Shinjuku Gyoen?
Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑) is a large national park in Tokyo with three distinct styles of gardens. The park is located just a short walk from Shinjuku Station, providing relaxing escape from the busy city.
Shinjuku Gyoen is also a great place to see cherry blossoms in Spring, and red leaves in Autumn.
What to see?
1. Cherry blossoms in spring. Red leaves in autumn.
In Spring, Shinjuku Gyoen turns into one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo. There are more than 1,500 cherry trees in the park, blooming from late March to early April.
Shinjuku Gyoen is also a nice place to visit in Autumn. Trees’ leaves change their colors from mid November to mid December. In particular, the maple trees around Maple hill are absolutely breathtaking and worth visiting.
2. Three different styles of gardens
Shinjuku Gyoen is comprised of three different types of gardens: French Formal, English Landscape and Japanese traditional. Among them, the Japanese garden is the most favored by foreign tourists.
Standing in the quiet peaceful garden surrounded by skyscrapers is one of many surreal moments you will encounter in Japan.
3. A Greenhouse filled with tropical and subtropical plants
Another interesting place in Shinjuku Gyoen is the greenhouse. It was built in the 1950s and now displays over 1,700 tropical and subtropical plants.
Did you know?
Shinjuku Gyoen was originally a residence of Naito feudal lord (内藤大名) in the Edo Period (1603-1867). Afterwards, it became an imperial garden in 1906 and was almost destroyed during World War II. Eventually, it was rebuilt and opened again as a national park in 1949.