Shinjuku Park, Tokyo
Like most parks in Tokyo, Shinjuku Park is a very popular destination in the fall and during cherry blossom season. In both seasons the park transforms into something truly spectacular with a roof of either red or pink leaves. During these times, the park is something you absolutely cannot miss, but that doesn’t mean that Shinjuku Park is can’t be fun the rest of the year. The park is filled with natural beauty that thrives year round and is the perfect destination for garden lovers.
Shinjuku Park History
Shinjuku Park was originally built during the Edo Period in 1772 where it served as the Tokyo residence of the feudal lord. A little over a century later, in 1903, the area was given to the imperial family and transformed into an imperial garden. The garden was completed in 1906, but then almost entirely destroyed during the second world war. The park was later rebuilt and then in 1949 was reopened to the public as Shinjuku Gyoen or Shinjuku Park.
Shinjuku Park Attractions
Shinjuku Park is a massive area made up of four major sections. The first and oldest is a traditional Japanese landscape garden. This garden is made up of ponds, islands, bridges, and even some pavilions. This garden is particularly beautiful when you consider the skyscrapers that make up the garden’s backdrop.
Shinjuku Park also contains both French and English gardens that are worth checking out. The French garden is known for its symmetrical beauty where as the English garden has its long sprawling open fields. Both are very unique attractions within Tokyo, and make for beautiful additions to the park.
If that wasn’t enough garden fun for you, there is even a rather exquisite greenhouse that cannot be missed. The greenhouse is two stories and contains hundreds of different species of plants, beautiful paths to take in all of the sites, and even waterfalls to complete the ambiance. The greenhouse is truly impressive, and will certainly be a highlight on your Shinjuku Park experience.
As mentioned earlier, Shinjuku Park is well known for its hanami, or cherry blossom viewing. The English garden’s fields hold over 400 cherry blossoms and makes for one of Tokyo’s best known hanami spots. The park also holds a large number of momiji that change colors in the fall. Come late November or early December and you will see some stunning fall colors. These seasonal attractions unfortunately only cover a short period of the year, but rest assured that the park has something wonderful for you year round.
Word of warning to those coming via the Chuo Line, not every trains stops at Sendagaya Station. The rapid train will blast right on through all the way to Shinjuku Station. If you are riding the local train, you should not have any issues. However, you can also take the Marunouchi Subway Line to Shinjuku-gyoen-mae Station if you are worried about confusing the two trains.
What You Need to Know
- Admission: 200 Yen, Free with the Osaka Unlimited Pass
- Hours: 9:00 – 16:30 Closed on Mondays
- Directions: Few minutes walk from Shinjuku-gyoen-mae Station or Sendagaya Station
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