With its 144 acres, Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the largest parks in Tokyo, along with the gardens of the Imperial Palace and Yoyogi Park. A few hundred meters from Shinjuku and Yoyogi train stations, it spreads until Sendagaya.
With more than 20,000 trees (!), Shinjuku Gyoen is famous for its 1,500 cherry trees which come in three kinds of sakura, blooming from mid-March to late April. Pictures displayed in this article were taken on a March 10!
Another specificity of Shinjuku Gyoen is that it contains both a Japanese-style garden and French / English gardens. The walk is long and relaxing, and allows a real break in a Tokyo that never sleeps.
How to get to Shinjuku Gyoen
By JR train:
- Yamanote line: Shinjuku station, "New South Exit" and 10 minute walk to "Shinjuku" gate
- Chuo / Sobu lines: Sendagaya station and 5 minute walk to "Sendagaya" gate
By subway -- Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line: Shinjukugyoenmae station (M10) and 5 minute walk to "Shinjuku" or "Okido" gates
Location reachable with the JRP : order your Japan Rail Pass (from ~US$ 265)
Adults : ¥200 (~US$ 1.80)
Children : ¥50 (~US$ 0.50)
Get your Japanese Yens free of charge
Open daily from 9am to 4:30pm (last entry at 4pm)
Greenhouse open daily from 11am to 3pm
Closed on Mondays (except during sakura blossom) and from December 29 to January 3
How long / when to visit
Ideal during blooms of:
- plum trees (from late February to mid-March)
- cherry trees (late March, early April)
- maple trees (from mid-November to mid-December)