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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is the largest garden in Japanese and French style found in Tokyo. In Shinjuku-ku coving an area of about 58 hectares, it used to be Naito's house in the Edo period and later included in the palace. Today, the garden is a national park managed by the Ministry of the Environment. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot in Tokyo. There are about 1500 cherry trees in the garden, with up to 70 varieties.  Every year during the cherry blossom season, the Prime Minister would host the cherry festival here. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is not only beautiful during cherry blossoms in spring, but also impressive during maple leave season in Japan. The best viewing season is from late November to early December, this is also the main location of Makoto Shinkai's animated film "The Garden of Words". The pavilion, rain shelter and bridge in the film have attracted a large number of tourists.

In early spring of February, the cold cherry blossoms of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden awakened the Japanese people's mood of cherry blossom viewing. From March to April, more than 70 types of cherry blossoms were bloomed in sequence, distributed between different views in the park at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. The paradise of flower-watching lasts until the opening of the "eightfold red drop” when the Japanese's annual celebration for cherry blossoms gradually calms down.

More than 20,000 trees of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in summer, including the trees of the first family planted in Japan, almost radiate the strongest vitality in summer, showing the royal atmosphere of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. You can take a walk between the avenues of Indus, rest in the pavilions of the traditional Japanese garden, or sit on the lawn and have a picnic.

The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in autumn is more beautiful than in spring. Every year from the end of November to the beginning of December, the maple season will come, and the red leaves will attract many tourists from Japan and abroad. In addition to watching the red leaves, the chrysanthemum exhibition starting from October is even more exciting. During the exhibition season, various kinds of chrysanthemums blossom together, which would form a very spectacular view for visitors.

Don't think that there is anything to see in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in winter, the snow scene in winter is also very beautiful, and the greenhouse in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is also one of must-visit attractions in Tokyo. More than 2400 kinds of tropical and subtropical plants flourish here, with colorful colors, fragrant aromas, and outstanding gardening. No matter how many photos cannot capture its true beauty.

Opening Hours: 10/1~3/14, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM; 3/15~9/30, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM; 7/1~8/20, 9:00 AM-6:30 PM. Closed Days: Mondays (If Monday is a public holiday, then closed the following day.) In case of consecutive holidays, it would be closed on the weekday after. December 29 to January 3. Special Open Days: The garden is open throughout the following periods: March 25 to April 24, and November 1 to November 15.
Admission Fee: Adults 500 yen, seniors (65 and over) 250 yen, Students 250 yen, Valid Student ID required. Please purchase a ticket at a staffed counter. Children (junior high school students or 15 and under) is FREE.
Address: 11 Naito-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0014, Japan


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