Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
- Type: Parks and Gardens
- Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
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Just to the west of downtown Tokyo, the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a gorgeous urban oasis. A popular site of blossoming cherry trees in the spring, this park packs in the tourists and residents alike year-round. And its attractiveness may have something to do with its three different styles—English, French and Japanese. One TripAdvisor user claims, "The English landscape part is great for picnics on the extensive lawns, while the Japanese and French gardens are just lovely to stroll through."
You can easily walk to the park from the Yoyogi, Sendagaya, Shinjukusanchome and Shinjukugyeonmae metro stations. You'll have to fork over a small fee (200 JPY or about $2.50 USD) to enter, but the fresh air is worth every yen. Come to recline on the grass between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and every day during the cherry blossom season. For more information, check out the park's website.