Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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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  • aruroharuse
    Tokyo, Japan2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An oasis in the middle of a busy city.
    The entrance cost 500 yen, but is absolutely worth it. The park is carefully maintained and each season brings you a different landscape. Definitely recommended during cherry blossoms in spring and during autumn leaves season!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 31 May 2023
  • Josie Iino
    Cambridge, United Kingdom605 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    5 stars
    A magnificent park worth the entry fee. It is simply so beautiful and a great detour when you are in the Shinjuku area (one, if not my favourite in Tokyo). I absolutely adore this place! Tranquil, calm, and has a distinctly Japanese feel.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 June 2023
  • J E
    Austin, Texas2,759 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    peaceful and tranquil
    A wonderful refuge in the middle of bustling Shinjuku. We spent most of a day strolling the varied gardens, touring the Greenhouse and the Imperial Rest House. Each area is different, from the traditional Japanese garden to the Formal Garden and Rose Beds, and we were particularly impressed with the Maple and Cherry Tree areas. There are plenty of bathrooms, and while we chose not to partake, there is a Starbucks, a Tea House, and a couple of other places to buy drinks and snacks. It was a very peaceful and tranquil place to spend the day.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 August 2023
  • jjluke
    Calgary, Canada1,758 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful walk in the park, very extensive grounds
    Beautiful gardens. Admission on the day we went (June 4th) was free for Environment Day, so be on the lookout for possible similar days during your trip. We agreed it would be well worth the amount charged as the gardens are very extensive and you could easily spent a few hours there taking pictures and relaxing. The pictures speak for themselves. We highly recommend visiting if you are in the area. If you found this review or my pictures to be helpful, please kindly indicate with a thumbs up so I know where to focus my future review efforts!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Anne B
    Sydney, Australia231 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Gardens,
    I visited for 2.5 hours and this was not enough time to relax and take everything in. The Japanese gardens were just beautiful. Plenty of teahouses and cafes if you would like something. Or take a picnic like the Japanese do and rest on the lawns eat and watch. Very peaceful. My favourite Garden innTokyo.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 October 2023
  • Trey C
    Calgary, Canada362 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Park
    After wandering around Shinjuku shopping district, this park is right next door to relax and get away from the crowds. Beautiful walking paths and lots of trees, spaces, and water to de-stress and unwind. One of my favourite places to visit in Tokyo. Was able to walk around the park and then crash in the grass to read my book. Beautiful place.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 November 2023
  • iexpect
    128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasing garden in Tokyo
    It was a really good find in Tokyo. It gives a traditional Japanese garden,even with a Taiwan pavilion in one section. That said there are areas of roses and lawns that locals were relaxing on. There's also a variety of cafe / tea house within the grounds
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 November 2023
  • Jerry Mattern
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania366 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous park, especially around sunset.
    Got here about 330 and had an hour before the park closed. So glad I got here around sunset, the views were even better. Just a really chill place to hang out and enjoy the scenery. It’s too bad. The fall foliage hasn’t taken place here yet but still a beautiful place to visit
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 November 2023
  • David M
    94 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Japanese Garden are a Highlight :)
    Very nice park, easy to get to on train. Well kept, the Japanese Garden was a highlight, plus there was a stunning chrysanthemum display on during my visit. Green house area was a bit disappointing - after Singapore's Gardens. Trees in general area very stunning. Worth a visit & happy to pay ¥500 to keep garden looking so good.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Glenn K
    Brisbane, Australia71 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful Walk Through Gardens
    To get out of the hustle & bustle that is Tokyo, my son and one of my daughters and I spent approx 1hr walking around while my wife and other daughter went shopping. As it was winter it had very few of the vibrant colours that we had hoped for. In fact it seemed rather asleep. Still beautiful in it's own way and quite relaxing
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 February 2024
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Barry
Singapore, Singapore211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
A very nice national park sitting in the middle of a very busy urban city 🌳 Saw a lot of people here after lunchtime and people were just strolling around and relaxing 😌😌
Written 21 May 2024
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Firefly78
Ridgewood, NJ210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This is a beautiful landscape with wide open spaces. You easily could spend 2 or 3 hours there. The restaurants are also very nice. I highly recommend this on a visit to Tokyo.
Written 15 May 2024
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msa23_2000
Chino Hills, CA1,420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I was here during Sakura and amazingly it was not too crowded (there were lots of people but it wasn’t nearly as bad as other spots in Tokyo were). There is a small cost to get in, but it was worth it. Different types of gardens are inside and a greenhouse. I spent about an hour in the late afternoon, but easily could’ve spent half a day. This was a he eat respite from the hustle of the city.
Written 12 May 2024
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Goven
Edmonton210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Although the day we went was a warm Friday during Golden Week we were able to go about the park without feeling crowded. The grounds are just beautiful and so peaceful. Oh and we got in for half price as we are seniors.We couldn't get into Starbucks due to the long line. however there are lots of other Starbucks in the area.
Written 7 May 2024
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore12,824 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We took the train to Sendagaya station. On exiting the station turned right and walked past Excelsior cafe. We walked through the first underpass across the carpark below the train track and turned right. The Sendagaya entrance is just ahead and it is about 5 mins walk. Normally this park is closed on Monday but during the cherry blooming season, we could visit it on a Monday. This park is very peaceful and provides a good break from the city atmosphere. We also went into the Greenhouse.
Written 29 April 2024
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Dayanara C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Beautiful garden. Great place to have picnic with family it is peaceful. Very Clean and well maintained the place. Worth the visit
Written 28 April 2024
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was one of the best gardens we went to after Kenroku-en and Rikugien. It is a paradise in the heart of Tokyo, a refuge from the busy urban streets. The entrance fee is minimal (about £2.50) and it's a huge site. There were an abundance of flowering cherry trees, and really beautifully maintained and manicured shrubs and trees.

The Japanese garden and the Taiwainese pavilion were also highlights.
Written 27 April 2024
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David W
Tel Aviv, Israel25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
You must include a visit to these exquisite gardens when visiting the Shinjuku area of Tokyo. In fact, this was one of my highlights of the entirety of Tokyo. You'll want to spend around 1.5 hours here. Beautiful!
Written 27 April 2024
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Hardy Liga
Indonesia102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A super huge forest city and good for family to spend time for picnic and playing outdoor. Also a nice place for couples to spend their time positively because the place is also quite romantic.
If you like taking a selvie or taking some pictures, this is the place for it. The best time of all to come is in SAKURA SEASON (end of March to early April).
What I like most is THE OXYGEN, refreshing!!!!
Written 27 April 2024
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Birgitta-Kenneth
Solna, Sweden1,484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A lovely park with some outstanding different sorts of gardens but the main thing is the very old, from 1200-1300, cherry blossom trees that looks more lika oaks and are absolutely astounding. Quite an experience and apparently there is 65 different varieties of cherry blossom trees in the park
Written 24 April 2024
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