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Shinjuku Gyoen

[YOUTUBE] Shinjuku Gyoen

What is Shinjuku Gyoen?

Shinjuku Gyoen English Map
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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.

Map source: http://www.env.go.jp/garden/shinjukugyoen/english/2_guide/map.html

What to see?

1. Cherry blossoms in spring. Red leaves in autumn.

shinjuku-gyoen shinjuku-gyoen-koyo shinjuku gyoen - Red leaves

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 - Japanese garden Shinjuku Gyoen - English landscape garden Shinjuku Gyoen - French formal garden

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

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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.

Hours Open:
Monday:
Closed (If Monday is a national holiday, following day will be closed instead)
Other days:
9:00-16:00
Admission:
Adults 200 yen. Elementary and junior high school students 50 yen. Infants Free of charge.