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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Beautiful gardens with seasonal nature and historical buildings.

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Shinjuku Gyoen once stood as an estate of the Naito family, the hereditary vassals of the Tokugawa family in the Edo period before being established as an imperial garden in 1906. Today it remains open to the general public. Inside you’ll find the sprawling 58.3ha grounds keep three distinct gardens: a Japanese traditional garden, a formal garden, and a landscape garden, acclaimed as one of the best of modern day gardens. There’s even a greenhouse that keeps a collection of rare plants from Japan and around the world. In spring, you’ll find about 900 cherry blossoms of approx. 70 different varieties , and in the fall, the vibrant colors of autumn leaves await.

Highlights

  • With some 900 cherry trees, this garden is selected as one of "Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots".
  • There are also historical buildings, which are in harmony with nature.
  • Bringing alcoholic beverages, smoking, and use of playground equipment are prohibited (excluding the "Kids Area" for playground equipment).

Photos

  • Stark contrast of the nature-rich park, backed by the towering skyscrapers of Shinjuku.
©Shinjuku Gyoen Management Office

    Stark contrast of the nature-rich park, backed by the towering skyscrapers of Shinjuku. ©Shinjuku Gyoen Management Office

  • Cherry blossoms in spring.
©Shinjuku Gyoen Management Office

    Cherry blossoms in spring. ©Shinjuku Gyoen Management Office

  • Brightly colored leaves in autumn.
©Shinjuku Gyoen Management Office

    Brightly colored leaves in autumn. ©Shinjuku Gyoen Management Office

Official FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions have been vetted and answered directly by each listing.

Q

How crowded is the garden during cherry blossom season?

A

The number of visitors peaks on weekends and holidays when the Somei Yoshino cherries are almost in full bloom. Shinjuku Gyoen can be very crowded during the peak season, so you may require a reservation in advance to enter the garden. Please check the official website of Shinjuku Gyoen in advance. The many double-flowered cherry trees, a feature of Shinjuku Gyoen, are at their best when the Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms start to fall. If you want to enjoy the double-flowered cherry trees, we recommend cherry blossom viewing from early to mid-April, although this varies from year to year. There are three entrance gates: the Shinjuku Gate, Okido Gate, and Sendagaya Gate, but we recommend using the Okido Gate or Sendagaya Gate as the Shinjuku Gate, the closest to Shinjuku Station, can be very crowded during the cherry blossom season.

Q

Are there restrooms with changing areas and/or nursing rooms?

A

There are 15 restrooms with a baby changing table in the garden, and 4 nursing rooms (hot water is not available).

Q

If you need to take shelter due to sudden severe thunderstorms, are there shelters?

A

You can take shelter in several places within the garden, such as the Central Rest House, Restaurant Yurinoki, and several other buildings across the garden grounds.

Reviews

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  • 箐箐

    園內有多個主題區域,如日本庭園、法國式整形庭園和英國風景式庭園,可以欣賞不同風格的園林美景。

  • 雪兒

    新宿御苑的櫻花盛況實在令人嘆為觀止。無論是在綠茵草地上野餐,還是漫步於櫻花隧道中,都彷彿置身於一個夢幻的世界。

  • 黃嘉寶

    新宿御苑~原本作為皇室庭園,它不僅有國民公園的稱號,也是櫻花跟楓葉季節的人氣景點之一。

  • 朱立山

    日本東京新宿御苑真的很大推薦!有最強的新宿御苑櫻花特別驚人,還有新宿御苑楓葉也很棒哦~推薦哦

  • 林生安

    四月份來的其他地方櫻花都大概已經開完,御苑還是有櫻花可以看,很多株開的還蠻漂亮很壯觀。

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Details

Name in Japanese
新宿御苑
Postal Code
160-0014
Address
11 Naito-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Telephone
03-3350-0151
Admission
Adults 500 yen, seniors (65 and over) and students (high school students and above) 250 yen *ID required, children (junior high school students and under/15 and under) free
Closed
Every Monday (or following weekday if Monday falls on a holiday), New Year’s holiday (December 29th-January 3rd)
※Gardens open even on Mondays from March 25th-April 24th and November 1st-15th
Hours
October 1st-March 14th 9:00am-4:00pm (Gates close: 4:30pm),
March 15th-September 30th 9:00am-5:30pm (Gates close: 6:00pm), *Except for the following periods
July 1st-August 20th 9:00am-6:30pm (Gates close: 7:00pm)
Access
(1) About 5 minutes on foot from Exit 1 of Shinjuku-gyoemmae station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
(2) About 10 minutes on foot from the South Exit of Shinjuku station on the JR, Keio, and Odakyu lines
Official Website
Official Website (English)