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. Arrange to visit Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and other attractions in Tokyo using our Tokyo road trip planning site .
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  • Enjoyed a relaxing day, after a long flight, wandering round these lovely gardens. Small admission charge.  more »
  • Nothing special about the park. Just a lovely Japanese park where you can have a day break at some point. Not very big as it shows like you can fully cover it in like an hour or two.  more »
  • The entry fee is well worth it. This place is incredibly beautifully manicured and kept, and because entry is not free, it isn't too busy. A very relaxing and calming way to spend some time with natur...  more »
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  • It's a truly beautiful garden that takes features from the East and West and blends them together wonderfully in a single space. Having arrived at 330 while the gates closed at 430, our visit was rushed, but we got to enjoy sections of the park where there were nearly no people! This is truly a must visit if you're in the area, especially since the gate fee is only 200 yen per person. We got really lucky and found the molt of a rhinoceros beetle! I highly recommend making the visit here!
  • Our 1st time and also 1st experience with a Japanese Garden and viewing up close of the Cherry Blossom. Great place for a walk (and picnic) with family and friends, and for tourists too. Was a little early in the season as there were still some trees that were not fully blossomed but we had a wonderful time. Spent a few hours in the park admiring the vast open space, the flora and fauna. Great place to visit.
  • This garden is really large and has beautiful landscaping. Because of its size and because they charge money for admission and don't allow alcohol, it's not too crowded during cherry blossom season. It's a great place to come for a chill picnic or to walk around and take pictures. There is a little shop in the garden that sells snacks and drinks, and there are many wonderful photo spots. Easily walkable from several train stations in the area.
  • The Shinjuku national garden is a lovely large park in central Shinjuku. It's only 200 yen for entry and you can stay for hours. The traffic isn't audible and it's a nice place to have lunch or sunbathe. There are pretty ponds and several tea houses tucked away that do offer the traditional tea service ceremony at certain hours - check in advance. The gardens have a lot to offer - a rose show was happening when I was there, and some kind of country fair equivalent. There's also a greenhouse for tropical plants and flowers with a waterfall that has free entry inside the park.
  • This garden is beautiful. Totally worth the ¥200!! You can spend hours wandering and taking pictures. The fields are covered in people taking naps, having picnics, it's amazing. It is busy, but never feels too crowded, and there is always a fun path you can wander down and be alone. The greenhouse is a must visit as well, the exotic plants and waterfall. It's so much fun.
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