Set across 144 acres in the centre of Tokyo’s Shinjuku war, Shinjuku Gyeon National Garden is considered one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. It is one of the most famous sakura blossom viewing points in Tokyo in the Spring.
Home to more than 20,000 trees, Shinjuku Gyeon is a natural paradise with an English landscape garden, a Taiwan pavilion, a maple and azalea hill, a French formal garden and a traditional Japanese garden among others. Guests staying at an apartment hotel in Shinjuku shouldn’t miss this place in the spring.
The park has an information centre and an art gallery which are both open from 9 am to 4.30 pm near Shinjuku Gate. You can access it from within the park so be sure to visit before you go in.
There is also a greenhouse that is open from 11 am to 3 pm near the Okido Gate and an old Western-styled Imperial Rest House which was constructed by the Emperor in 1896.
A Short History
The garden was first established in 1590 by one of the legendary warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu’s vassal. When Japan began modernising, the garden was at the forefront of horticultural experimentation.
Shinjuku Gyeon very close to Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo, and is open from October 1 to March 14 from 9 am to 4 pm, and from the March 15 to September 30 from 9 am to 5.30 pm. It is only closed on Mondays.
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