Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a large park and garden located in Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood. During the Edo period, the land was privately held by the Naito family. Following the Second World War, the garden was opened to the public and designated as a national park. There are more than 20,000 trees, including over 1,500 cherry trees, which attract large numbers of visitors during their bloom from late March to late April. There is also a popular French-style garden set within the park. As a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is an oasis of tranquility and well worth a visit.
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Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑) is one of Tokyo's largest and most popular parks. Located just a short walk from Shinjuku Station, the paid park's spacious lawns, meandering walking paths and tranquil scenery provide a relaxing escape from the busy urban center around it. In spring Shinjuku Gyoen becomes one of the best places in the city to see cherry blossoms.
Shinjuku Gyoen originated during the Edo Period (1603-1867) as a feudal lord's Tokyo residence. Later it was converted into a botanical garden before being transferred to the Imperial Family in 1903 who used used it for recreation and the entertainment of guests. The park was almost completely destroyed during World War II, but was eventually rebuilt and reopened in 1949 as a public park.
The oldest is a traditional Japanese landscape garden featuring large ponds dotted with islands and bridges. Well manicured shrubs and trees surround the water together with several pavilions and the Kyu Goryotei (also called the Taiwan Pavilion) which was built on the occasion of the wedding of the Showa Emperor. A chrysanthemum exhibit is held during the first two weeks of November in the Japanese garden with flower displays and large, temporary pavilions erected around the grounds.
The park's other main gardens include a symmetrically arranged formal French garden, and an English landscape garden featuring wide, open lawns surrounded by flowering cherry trees. The rest of the park consists of forested areas, lawns and several structures including a restaurant, an information center and an art gallery. There is also a beautiful greenhouse with many tropical and subtropical flowers.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a great tranquil garden located in Tokyo. It is a must visit while in Tokyo as it's one of the city’s largest parks. It’s a great place to walk around. Plenty of benches for people to sit around to people watch and enjoy the nice weather. There’s a traditional Japanese garden area, tea rooms and an English garden. Plenty of super clean public toilet as well. The entrance fee is very cheap. You should spend couple hours here to enjoy the lovely view.
The cherry blossom season is really good. This is the best venue for the “Cherry Blossom Viewing Party”. It is said to be an urban oasis. I went to the greenhouse for the first time, and it was interesting because various plants were grown. Although it was a weekday, the weather was good, so many people were watching cherry blossoms under the cherry trees. Still, because it is a large park, there was no feeling of being crowded and I could see the cherry blossoms slowly. The cherry blossom trees are also growing freely. There are many types, so you can enjoy it for a long time. There are many flowers besides cherry blossoms, so I would like to come also during change season.
With all the hustle and bustle of Tokyo there are not many quiet areas but this is one. 500 yen to get in and you can spend the day there wandering the paths and looking at all the gardens and plants. Some nice lakes. A very peaceful spot and one of the highlights of tokyo