Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

#10 in Best Things To Do in Tokyo
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Key Info

11 Naitomachi

Price & Hours

200 yen (about $2) for adults; 50 yen (about $0.50) for kids; free for infants
9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily

Details

Parks and Gardens Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Just to the west of downtown Tokyo lies a gorgeous urban oasis. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden comprises 144 acres of green space and is unique in that it incorporates three landscaping styles  Japanese Traditional, French Formal and English Garden. During the spring, the park gets an extra boost in visitors for its vibrant display of cherry blossoms. If you plan on visiting during this beautiful time, make like a local and come to the park equipped with picnic supplies. 

Travelers say the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Even if you don't have a couple hours to spare for a picnic, visitors say a short stroll is enough to take up the park's peaceful atmosphere. Travelers also report that there are plenty of amenities within the park, including restrooms, places to eat as well as a greenhouse and teahouse.

You can find Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden just a couple blocks away from the Shinjukugyoen-Mae metro station. The park is open Tuesday through Sunday, though during cherry blossom bloom time, the attraction is open daily. Keep in mind there is a small entrance fee of 200 yen (around $2). For more information, check out the park's website.

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