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Tokyo’s Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Spots Part 1: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is one of the largest gardens in Tokyo. Its origin is back to a samurai’s mansion hundreds of years ago. There is a traditional Japanese garden inside, and are also British and French gardens which were taken in the early 20th century.

I’ll upload as many photos as possible, rather than writings. And the essential information of Shinjuku Gyoen National Park, links to other cherry blossom spots and hotels in Shinjuku are all gathered.

A weeping cherry tree blooming fully in Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo, Japan

Tip: You can get an English pamphlet at the ticket counter for free.


Most Japanese gardens have bridges. Japanese people used to believe that they connect our land to another world such as a pure land in a tale or legend.





This old house (Goryo-Tei) is open as an observatory deck.






You see how large this park is… It has several gardens of different styles inside. The grass area is in the British garden.



I hope you enjoy photos on this post!

With so many trees and flowers, you’ll enjoy Shinjuku Gyoen anytime in a year.

Visitor Information

How to get to Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens

Get off any train at JR Shinjuku Station and go out from Tounan (=South East) Exit or Shin-Minami (New South) Exit.

It’s around 8 minutes walk passing a theater, shopping center Marui, Metropolitan Shinjuku High School etc.
Shinjuku 3 Chome Subway Station of Oedo Line, Fukutoshin Line and Shinjuku Line and Shinjuku Gyoen Mae Subway Station of Marunouch Line are nearer to the Park than JR Station.

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Shinjuku Gyoen Park has 3 Gates. If you are near Sendagaya Station, it’s just 5 minutes walk to Sendagaya Gate.

Basic Information on Shinjuku Gyoen

Opening Hours: 9:00 – 16:00

Greenhouse inside the Park 9:30 – 15:30

Closed on Monday and 29 December – 3 January (In Sakura & Autumn Color Season, Open every day! 25 March – 24 April, 1 November – 15 November in 2014)


200 yen for 1 person, 50 yen for elementary and junior high school student

Tokyo’s Best Cherry Blossom Spots


Hotels in Shinjuku: You can choose a hotel from a wide range. Shinjuku Station is a hub, so it’s convenient to go anywhere in Tokyo. Moreover, if you plan to visit Mt. Fuji or Mt. Takao to explore Japanese nature as well as Tokyo’s tourist attractions, Shinjuku is the terminal.

Talking about 5-Star luxury hotels, Hilton Tokyo HotelPark Hyatt Tokyo and Hyatt Regency Tokyo are in Shinjuku.

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