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Updated: April 2, 2018

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden 新宿御苑

11 Naitomachi Shinjuku-ku Tokyo

Tokyo's answer to Central Park

Once part of an Edo era (1603-1867) feudal lord's home, this massive green space was turned into a public park in 1949. Since then it has been a beloved refuge for Tokyoites looking to enjoy a bit of nature in the center of the city.

Tips

  • Capturing the views of skyscrapers framed by the park's ancient trees
  • Picnicking under the cherry blossoms– just don't bring any alcoholic drinks

Despite only being a short walk away from bustling Shinjuku, the leafy walkways and seasonal flowers make this a tranquil spot for a morning or afternoon stroll. After paying the small entrance fee, you will soon find that the noise of the city drops away and is replaced by bird song.

Shinjuku Gyoen combines three distinct types of gardens—Japanese traditional, French formal and English landscape—with sprawling lawns and quiet groves. In the spring you can admire over 1,000 cherry trees that tinge the park pink with their delicate blooms. During the fall, you can view some of central Tokyo's best autumn colors, although the variety of plants in the gardens and greenhouse make Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden worth a visit at any time of the year.

How to Get There

  • Shinjuku Gyoenmae Sta. | Exit 1 | 5 mins on foot
    Marunouchi Line
  • Shinjuku-sanchome Sta. | Exit C5 | 5 mins on foot
    Toei Shinjuku Line
  • Shinjuku Sta. | South Exit | 10 mins on foot
    JR lines | Keio Line | Odakyu Line

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Contact

Opening Hours

  • 9:00–16:30 Tue–Sun
    Opening hours may vary by business/facility
  • Last admission: 30 mins before closing

Price

Adults

¥200

Children

¥50

Cash only |

Facility Info

  • Restrooms | Dining facilities | Parking |
  • Japanese | English |
  • Japanese | English | Chinese (simplified) | Chinese (traditional) | Korean |
  • Automatic doors | Handrails | Wheelchair accessible elevator | Accessible restrooms | Baby changing facilities | ostomate restrooms | Wheelchair loan | Folding bed for adults | Accessible communication formats |

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