Shinjuku Gyoen

Tokyo's national imperial garden

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.

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How to get to Shinjuku Gyoen

By JR train:

  • Yamanote line: Shinjuku station, "New South Exit" and a 10-minute walk to "Shinjuku" gate
  • Chuo / Sobu lines: Sendagaya station and a 5-minute walk to "Sendagaya" gate

By subway -- Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line: Shinjukugyoenmae station (M10) and a 5-minute walk to "Shinjuku" or "Okido" gates

Location reachable with the JRP : order your Japan Rail Pass (from ~US$ 281)


Adults: ¥500 (~US$ 4.70)

65yo and more / students: ¥250 (~US$ 2.30)

15yo and younger: free

Get your Japanese Yens free of charge

Opening hours

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last entry at 4 p.m.) except:

  • 6pm from March 15 to September 30
  • 7pm from July 1 to August 20

Greenhouse open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Closed 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)

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