Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is one of the largest park in Tokyo and it is open to the public to enjoy. They have 3 main styles in this garden: French Formal Garden, English Landscape Garden and Japanese Traditional Garden.
Established as a royal imperial garden in 1903, it was designated as a public space after the war. With a size of 8.3 ha(144 acres) in size and a circumference of 3.5 km (~1.5 miles), it is a great place to relax and escape the fumes and noise of the city.
French Formal Garden
The French Formal Garden is on the east side of the park which they have a tree lined avenue of trees and flowers. There are about 110 types of plants and flowers here. It is the most beautiful in the fall (autumn) where the roses are in full bloom.
There are about 156 trees that are over 200m (656 foot) tall. A good place to relax and take a break from the weather.
English Landscape Garden
The English Landscape Garden is a more open space park and is lined with Tulip trees. There are also cherry blossoms lined around this park and in spring the place is filled with beautiful blossoms when they bloom. A place to be when seeing the cherry blossoms in Spring.
This place is also a good place to have a picnic or have a large gathering.
Japanese Traditional Garden
The Japanese Traditional Garden is in the centre of the park in which you can get a 360 degree of the whole garden from the Japanese bridge here. There is a Japanese pond and a cool traditional Japanese cover which has been designated as a National heritage building.
Shinjuku Gyoen Greenhouse
This greenhouse is just near the Okido gate when you first enter. It has over 500 species of plants, flowers and orchids and was expanded in 2013 to create more space. They open only until 9:30 ~ 15:00.
There are 10 toilet locations spread conveniently throughout with wheelchair access and baby facilities.
Shops & Cafe
The park has 5 shops in this park and they do a brisk business selling drinks, ice cream and food. There are plenty of chairs and shades near the shops
There are 3 main areas where you can enter. To the north is the “Shinjuku Gate”, “Okido Gate” to the east and “Sendagaya Gate” to the south.
Fee 200 yen
Everyday except Monday’s: 09:00 to 16:00
Closed Mondays, December 29 to January 3. During cherry blossoms season (March to April) and Chrysanthemum Exhibition (Early November) it is always open.