Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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About
Shinjuku Gyoen was constructed on the site of a private mansion belonging to Lord Naito, a "daimyo" (feudal lord) of the Edo era. Completed in 1906 as an imperial garden, it was re-designated as a national garden after the Second World War and opened to the public. With 58.3 ha(144 acres) in size and a circumference of 3.5 km, it blends three distinct styles, Formal Garden, Landscape Garden and Japanese Traditional Garden, and is considered to be one of the most important gardens from the Meiji era.
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Neighbourhood: Shinjuku
Shinjuku is the commuting capital of Tokyo, and contains the busiest train station in the world. To the west, there's an office district with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office at its center. To the east, there’s a district with long-established department stores, cinemas and theaters. Shinjuku Gyoen is a park originally built as the garden for the Imperial Household. It is quite famous as a venue for cherry-blossom viewing in March and April. In Shinjuku, many restaurants operate all night, and districts such as Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) or Shinjuku Golden Machi have back streets filled with tiny restaurants and bars that reflect each owner’s unique taste and style.
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Esmeralda dF
Princeton, NJ185 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Fantastic Asian culture and landscape!

Beautiful gardens, bridges.

The greenhouse is really cool with beautiful tropical plants and flowers.

In the cemetery of the gardens there is a Starbucks LOL where you can enjoy your coffee and the beautiful pond.
Written 27 January 2023
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Irene T
Singapore, Singapore179 contributions
Dec 2022
I’m not used to the idea of paying entrance fees for parks, but it’s a small price and the park is quite huge and it’s a really nice place. I saw many families and couples sitting or lying on the grass, enjoying a picnic and having a relaxing time. The highlight for me was to see a cherry blossom tree in full bloom in this park, in the middle of December! Overall, I enjoyed exploring the park, it’s a wonderful respite in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of Shinjuku.
Written 27 December 2022
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Ashley H
515 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
So glad we visited! A beautiful garden while the city is around you. Lots of people out and about with picnic lunches. Refreshing and peaceful.
Written 6 December 2022
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Sima Finnigan
Seoul, South Korea1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Solo
Pretty big park, nice place to spend some time in the nature within the busy city.
You can sit on the grass!
I happen to come on a free-entry day, don't know what that depends on.
Written 17 July 2022
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Kongka O
83 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Need to take some walk to see around the full garden. It's nice to visit during the summer everyone is out reading and laying down on green grass away from the busy center. The garden look beautiful with Roses and big old trees.
Written 26 June 2022
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Dave F
2 contributions
Nov 2021
I have a senior pass to the park and I often use it to go from my house to downtown Shinjuku. Pakas very pleasant watch of grass and good scenery well worth wondering
Written 30 January 2022
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Akemi T
Tokyo, Japan4 contributions
Aug 2021
One of the most beautiful gardens in Japan! I love everything here, trees, birds etc. There is an entrance fee which is low for what you are going to see.
Written 18 January 2022
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,820 contributions
Jul 2021
My hotel was right near this garden, so I strolled through it one morning. Being in the middle of the park it was hard to believe that I was in the huge city of Tokyo. There is an entrance fee to the park but it was very cheap. I spent about 3 hours here. The park is incredible and well thought out. I really enjoyed the nature here especially the many ponds. There is also a green house within the park that is worth walking through. You can get pretty views of some of the tall buildings outside the park. This garden is definitely an escape if you get tired of the city. I find it fascinating how many large parks are in Tokyo.
Written 19 July 2021
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Shikataganai73
Guam, Mariana Islands1,044 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
A beautiful walk through the garden...the trees, birds, flower showcase, ponds and benches throughout made time spent here so serene and relaxing. There is a 200¥ entrance fee. Also, depends on when you visit, there are special floral showcases in bloom. Also, a walk through the greenhouse was a delight as there was a diversity of flora on display. Rest stops were scattered throughout to provide ample opportunities to use he restroom, purchase drinks or snacks, or just to rest on some seats. Some people even took their snacks or bentos and sat out in the grass area to enjoy their meal. Note that you should have a small plastic bag in case you need to throw your trash, as there are no trash cans throughout unless you are at the bathroom or rest stop area.
Written 9 June 2021
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Bex
Manila, Philippines228 contributions
Mar 2020
Nature trip in the middle of a city? If you're looking for a place to eat and do sightseeing, you've come to the right place. Family-friendly, the cherryblossoms are so surreal. They have tons of different trees and flowers inside (educational for the kids, too!) I went here with my husband and daughters - adults must pay an entrance fee of 500 yen (worth it!) and my daughters got in for free (they were 7 and 3 year old). If you don't have food with you, they have vending machines, restaurants and stores inside. For people who want to take a break from the busy hustle of the city, this is the place to be.
Written 16 August 2020
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