Visiting Shinjuku Gyoen Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen Garden Tokyo summer travel blogger uk

Shinjuku Gyoen Garden Tokyo summer travel blogger uk

Shinjuku Gyoen Garden Tokyo summer travel blogger uk

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

The Shinjuku Gyoen Garden is definitely one of the most beautiful we came across in Tokyo. In the top ten of all Tokyo guides and recommendations for the area of Shinjuku, I can see why. It seemed a whole other world from that heart of Shinjuku, alive with neon lights, where we were staying. The gardens themselves are consisted of different themes. From English landscape, French, Japanese traditional and a Taiwanese pavilion. Situated just a short walk from Shinjuku station, it’s one of Tokyo’s largest parks. Take the afternoon to explore its vast grounds and get lost in the beauty and peacefulness of it all.

The gardens open Tuesday to Sunday’s, 9am-4pm, with Monday being it only closed day, with exceptions to public holidays. However during cherry blossom season the gardens are opened daily. The garden is one of the most popular blossom spotting sites in the city. Do be aware there is a 200 yen entry fee (roughly Β£2.50) though it’s a small price to pay for experiencing such stunning grounds.

Getting There

Shinjuku Gyoen Garden has three gates you can enter through. Shinjuku Gate is a ten minute walk east from the “New South Exit” of JR Shinjuku Station or a five-minute walk from Shinjukugyoenmae Station on the Marunouchi Subway Line. Okido Gate is also a five-minute walk from Shinjukugyoenmae Station on the Marunouchi Subway Line. Finally, Sendagaya Gate is a five-minute walk from JR Sendagaya Station on the local Chuo/Sobu Line.

Shinjuku Gyoen Garden Tokyo summer travel blogger uk

Shinjuku Gyoen Garden Tokyo summer travel blogger uk

Shinjuku Gyoen Garden Tokyo summer travel blogger uk

Shinjuku Gyoen Garden Tokyo summer travel blogger uk

Things To Do

Aside from taking an exploration around the beautiful grounds, you can take a picnic with you to enjoy on the grass whilst being shaded by the trees. Take a walk to the Hama-rikyu (admission Β£3) which was a lord’s retreat during the Edo period. Here you’ll find an old-style teahouse by a 300 year old pine tree, and a grove of plum trees and peony fields. I’d love to return to visit Shinjuku Gyoen Garden again in cherry blossom season to see the river of pink as they all fall from the trees.

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  • Oh what a gorgeous place! I always make a point to visit botanical gardens or any other nature-thing (nice and descriptive there) whenever I visit somewhere. It’s just my jam.

    I love the contrast of the garden with the city in the background, it really gives you the feel of getting away from it all. It sort of reminds me of Central Park in NYC. Not the look of the garden, but the city in the background and the big expanse of nature to take a break from all the hustle and bustle.

    I love the photos! They are really gorgeous! you can’t go wrong with gorgeous blue skies and green grass!

    ~ K

  • Cat

    Oh my goodness, this place looks so beautiful. I’ve added it to my places to visit! x

    http://www.hello-cat.blogspot.com

    • Thanks Cat! It was a wonderful peaceful spot of solace away from the bright lights of the city x

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