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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Shinjuku

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Originally constructed for the private residence of "daimyo" (feudal lord) Naito in the Edo period, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden has served as a public park under the Ministry of the Environment since its reconstruction after World War II. Tour the park to see its three main sections: a traditional Japanese garden dotted with ponds intercepted by islands and bridges; a symmetrically planned French garden; and an English garden with sweeping lawns and cherry blossom trees. Stop by the greenhouse to inspect the permanent and special exhibits of tropical flowers. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Tokyo Edition.
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  • Arrive early and plan a visit one of the two tea houses in the park. There are traditional Japanese gardens and English gardens to view. It was nice to stroll, chat, and view the last of the cherry bl...  more »
  • One of my favorite places I visited during my time in Tokyo, the garden is very large and there's lots to see and enjoy. I think admission was $2 american or less. (200 Yen)  more »
  • This park was just along the road from my hotel, so took a lazy walk around the different areas on a hit and humid day. It's a good walk through the park, it wasn't busy but it does get hot when you a...  more »
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  • Just beautiful, and so peaceful despite being in the heart of Tokyo. The park is huge and filled with lawns that can be sat on, and water features that make for a relaxing visit. The Japanese garden section is particularly appealing. Of note is the mother and child garden, in the Japanese section, where children can explore on narrow paths and get a bit of nature. Bring in a bento and enjoy a bit of peace!
  • The moment you step into this garden you will totally forget you are in Shinjuku. It's so serene in here and it is very big. I spent almost 2 hours inside. You can also lay down your mat and sit down on the grass and enjoy your picnic. Definitely a place I'll be going back if i am in the area
  • Very pretty and relaxing gardens, we went as soon as they opened in the morning paying the entry fee (around 200 yen for adults). You could smell the gardens after briefly walking past the gates which is refreshing as the rest of Shinjuku is very concrete. Highly recommend.
  • A very beautiful garden in Tokyo. Well maintained and designed. I think they the fee for entry is waived on Sundays if you're looking for something in the general Meiji/Shinjuku areas that will be slightly less crowded for an afternoon.
  • We visited Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden twice in May of 2016. It's a fantastic walking experience and a wonderful place to picnic. Well treed, with formal flower gardens, beautiful ponds, and plenty of walking paths; this park is a must see when you visit Tokyo!

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