posted on January 28, 2014

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is about 10-minute walk  from Shinjuku Station, where about 3.2 million passengers get on and off the trains every day, but the garden has a serene and quiet atmosphere and provides a comfortable space for Tokyoites who want to relax away from the hustle and bustle of Shinjuku, which boasts the largest number of skyscrapers in Japan including the Tokyo Metropolitan Government buildings.

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Japanese Traditional Garden with skyscrapers in Shinjuku on its back


Shinjuku Gyoen used to be the site of a huge residence owned by a powerful feudal lord in the Edo period. In the late 19th century, it was reconstructed and renovated as an Imperial garden, and after World War Ⅱ, it was designated as a national garden and opened to the public.  It occupies an area of about 60ha(≒150ac), and has a French-style garden, an English landscape garden, a Japanese traditional garden, a rose garden, a natural forest, and a greenhouse. In the greenhouse, the project to conserve and cultivate endangered plants has been worked on since 2012.

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Visitors can enjoy the beauty of nature and flowers all through the year, but especially, in spring, the garden is crowded with people who spend time viewing cherry blossoms and, in autumn, it’s crowded with people viewing colored leaves.

From February to April, 1300 cherry trees of  about 65 kinds bloom one after another. Among the 65 kinds, there are very rare varieties, some of which are viewed only in this garden.


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Gyoiko(very rare variety of cherry blossom)


From November 1st to 15th, Chrysanthemum Exhibition is held every year. The 16-petaled chrysanthemum is the family crest of Japanese Imperial family, and chrysanthemums have been loved by Japanese people as a national flower along with cherry blossoms, though they are not legally designated as national flowers. In this exhibition, we can appreciate many kinds of beautiful chrysanthemums grown and trimmed through traditional techniques.

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The funeral ceremony of late Emperor Showa was held in this garden.


Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is located in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo.

As for more information, visit Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden website: click here.

It’s about 10-minute walk from the South Exit of Shinjuku Station on the JR Line, Keio Line, and Odakyu Line.

It’s about 5-minute walk from Exit1 of Shinjuku Gyoenmae Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Subway Line.

It’s about 5-minute walk from Exit E5 of Shinjuku Sanchome Station on the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Subway Line.



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