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Who wouldn’t want to lay on the grass and relax in a beautiful and tranquil garden after an exhausting day? Sh …

Who wouldn’t want to lay on the grass and relax in a beautiful and tranquil garden after an exhausting day? Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is located at the city center; a walking distance from the world’s busiest railway station, Shinjuku station. There is no doubt it is well-known amongst tourists and locals because of its proximity and convenience.

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With a very affordable entrance fee (200 YEN), you can have an English map and start strolling the garden with an impressive and well-planned landscape. You can go through some ponds, lakes, bridges, benches, various colorful flowers and other panoramically splendid views which are all worth the shot. It may take about an hour to stroll the entire park but it always depends at your own pace.

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As you go through the entire garden, you can see not only Japanese type of garden but also French garden, English Garden, Taiwanese pavilion, greenhouse, tea house, etc. You can relax at the tea house with a cup of tea and snacks. Prices vary according to your food of choice. They also sell other goods and the profit of the tea house will be used to improve the garden and some environmental and economical purposes.

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The garden is perfect for everyone who is looking for a lovely place to de-stress. It is also an excellent place for couples who want to spend a romantic time together, for family who wants to enjoy quality time, and for everyone who has extra time to spend. Unfortunately, you cannot walk your pets around the garden because it is prohibited. Drinking alcoholic drinks is also not allowed in the garden.

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The shape, size, color, and the disposition of the plants will surely excite those who are interested in parks and gardens. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a great example to show how Japanese take great care of the nature specifically Japan’s parks and gardens. It is best to come in late March until mid-April to see sakura (cherry blossoms) because this is one of the highly recommended places to see cherry blossoms in spring. The picture below shows a painter who paints the one and only Sakura tree on bloom in front of him in early Spring at this garden. 

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For more beautiful and visit-worth parks and gardens in Tokyo, you may also see the most entertaining park Yoyogi Park, the most colorful garden Koishikawa Korakuen Garden and the historical Ueno Park.

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Station

Shinjuku station

Price

200 yen

Open

9AM~4PM (If national holiday falls on Monday, the garden is close on Tuesday)

Closed

Monday