Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Shinjuku Gyoen was constructed on the site of a private mansion belonging to Lord Naito, a "daimyo" (feudal lord) of the Edo era. Completed in 1906 as an imperial garden, it was re-designated as a national garden after the Second World War and opened to the public. With 58.3 ha(144 acres) in size and a circumference of 3.5 km, it blends three distinct styles, Formal Garden, Landscape Garden and Japanese Traditional Garden, and is considered to be one of the most important gardens from the Meiji era.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Shinjuku
Shinjuku is the commuting capital of Tokyo, and contains the busiest train station in the world. To the west, there's an office district with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office at its center. To the east, there’s a district with long-established department stores, cinemas and theaters. Shinjuku Gyoen is a park originally built as the garden for the Imperial Household. It is quite famous as a venue for cherry-blossom viewing in March and April. In Shinjuku, many restaurants operate all night, and districts such as Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) or Shinjuku Golden Machi have back streets filled with tiny restaurants and bars that reflect each owner’s unique taste and style.
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4.5
6,155 reviews
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1,955
Average
333
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21
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Dave F
2 contributions
Nov 2021
I have a senior pass to the park and I often use it to go from my house to downtown Shinjuku. Pakas very pleasant watch of grass and good scenery well worth wondering
Written 30 January 2022
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Akemi T
Tokyo, Japan4 contributions
Aug 2021
One of the most beautiful gardens in Japan! I love everything here, trees, birds etc. There is an entrance fee which is low for what you are going to see.
Written 18 January 2022
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,748 contributions
Jul 2021
My hotel was right near this garden, so I strolled through it one morning. Being in the middle of the park it was hard to believe that I was in the huge city of Tokyo. There is an entrance fee to the park but it was very cheap. I spent about 3 hours here. The park is incredible and well thought out. I really enjoyed the nature here especially the many ponds. There is also a green house within the park that is worth walking through. You can get pretty views of some of the tall buildings outside the park. This garden is definitely an escape if you get tired of the city. I find it fascinating how many large parks are in Tokyo.
Written 19 July 2021
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Shikataganai73
Guam, Mariana Islands1,033 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
A beautiful walk through the garden...the trees, birds, flower showcase, ponds and benches throughout made time spent here so serene and relaxing. There is a 200¥ entrance fee. Also, depends on when you visit, there are special floral showcases in bloom. Also, a walk through the greenhouse was a delight as there was a diversity of flora on display. Rest stops were scattered throughout to provide ample opportunities to use he restroom, purchase drinks or snacks, or just to rest on some seats. Some people even took their snacks or bentos and sat out in the grass area to enjoy their meal. Note that you should have a small plastic bag in case you need to throw your trash, as there are no trash cans throughout unless you are at the bathroom or rest stop area.
Written 9 June 2021
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Bex
Manila, Philippines228 contributions
Mar 2020
Nature trip in the middle of a city? If you're looking for a place to eat and do sightseeing, you've come to the right place. Family-friendly, the cherryblossoms are so surreal. They have tons of different trees and flowers inside (educational for the kids, too!) I went here with my husband and daughters - adults must pay an entrance fee of 500 yen (worth it!) and my daughters got in for free (they were 7 and 3 year old). If you don't have food with you, they have vending machines, restaurants and stores inside. For people who want to take a break from the busy hustle of the city, this is the place to be.
Written 16 August 2020
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N&A
Tokyo, Japan98 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Less crowded than the Yoyogi Park, the Gyoen National garden is absolutely beautiful with different areas, decors and ambiance.
You have to pay a fee to enter the park so better to go there for few hours, the time to go all around the park and enjoy it fully.
Written 13 August 2020
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Jaja IVe
36 contributions
Aug 2019
Located in the center of Tokyo right after the New-York-style shopping-buildings this garden will immerge you in the zen atmosphere only Japanese people master.
The garden is so huge that you don't see the city once you're in. No car-noise and you won't be too close to anybody because this special place is not that harrassed by tourists.
Be sure to take a look at the tropical greenhouse, full of wonderful trees and flowers.
Written 27 June 2020
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Peter A
Nathalia, Australia462 contributions
Dec 2019
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is perhaps the most beautiful garden in Tokyo, nestled in the heart of Shinjuku/Shibuya within walking distance of Shinjuku Station, this garden to me exemplifies a large Japanese garden, once the private garden of the Naitō family in the Edo period it is now under the management of the Imperial Household Agency of Japan.
Autumn is a wonderful time to visit gardens in Japan, the combination of beautiful coloured foliage and stunning landscaping and vistas combine to give garden lovers an experience not to be missed, the garden is built around three lakes with plenty of paths to lead you on to one wonderful view after another, then a tea house or pavilion and then past sculpted beds of shrubs, across bridges and when finaly you need to rest you can sit at one of the cafes and enjoy a snack whilst contemplating the beauty of Japan.
Written 17 June 2020
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Akiko Yamakawa
Japan12 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
This is a huge beautiful garden right in the middle of Tokyo. Good to visit in any season. Probably best in fall and spring. Quite nice place to have a photography session too.
Written 8 June 2020
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Ruangsak R
Bangkok, Thailand393 contributions
Dec 2019
actually i didn't plan to visit National Garden for this trip during Dec 2019. i thought it have nothing to see but when i were there, oh,.. it was amazing to see some colorful trees and flowers during winter time. it should be great to visit during summer times. the area is very big, it should take you a half day to visit and walk around. the staff were helpful and friendly. they provided a mobile translator for us.
Written 13 May 2020
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