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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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Address: 11 Naitocho, Shinjuku 160-0014, Tokyo Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 3-3350-0151
09:00 - 16:00
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Excellent park, not pricy to get in and lots of lovely features and colours. Weather was fine and plenty of places for drink/snack.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent park, not pricy to get in and lots of lovely features and colours. Weather was fine and plenty of places for drink/snack.

Thank sl43
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A great garden in the centre of all the busy-ness outside. Feels a million miles from the city but is only a 10 minute walk from Shinjuku station past all the designer shops and busy streets. A large garden with lots of open green spaces, trees, a large green house/indoor garden, a lake and a traditional Japanese garden.

Thank drdave10
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely garden in downtown Tokyo. There are many species of cherries out there, so it is amazingly beautiful when cherry blossom season. Most importantly, alcohol is prohibited in the garden. Since Japanese people love to drink together under the trees at the season, it is very annoying if there are many trashes and drunk men while we would love to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just a ten minute walk for the Shinjuku Station but worlds away from it's surroundings! November 24 saw the earliest snowfall in Tokyo in 62 years. I was at the garden November 25 on a beautiful sunny day! I spent an hour taking 6 pictures...and then I lost my battery! The area is so beautiful I found a park bench... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This garden is right next to the subway station only a couple of minutes walk. Once inside (small fee) you feel so far away from the mayhem of Shinjuku. Just don't look up high because you will see the buildings. The garden is what you would expect in a Japanese garden all beautifully set. We were lucky to be there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this garden in the fall when the leaves were changing, and it was just beautiful. Everybody walking through the garden was so friendly and kind. There are traditional Japanese tea houses which is a great experience to try.

Thank Zoe A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Not sexy as far as the venue at the top, but worth the time for great pics and view of the city. It was a quick trip to the top and no fee to get there, which was nice.

Thank Cynthia C
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a very large, spread out, mostly grass park, not a garden. There are a few 'gardens' within it, but even they are very sparse and plain compared to the nice gardens you see in the prettier parts of Japan such as Kyoto and Himeji. If you're expecting a park where you can take a nice stroll, you won't... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The garden is much larger than I expected. Ask for an English map. I think it was around 100 yen to access the park. There wasn't great food options, but beautiful views!

Thank Rebeccariddle300994
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Shinjuku Gyoen Garden is a beautiful, large outdoor space. It reminds me of Tokyo's version of NYC's Central Park! While the gardens and ponds were quite charming, I was most looking forward to visiting the tea house which ended up being pretty disappointing. First, you buy a ticket from a machine immediately outside the door of the tea house... More 

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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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