Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Shinjuku Gyoen was constructed on the site of a private mansion belonging to Lord Naito, a "daimyo" (feudal lord) of the Edo era. Completed in 1906 as an imperial garden, it was re-designated as a national garden after the Second World War and opened to the public. With 58.3 ha(144 acres) in size and a circumference of 3.5 km, it blends three distinct styles, Formal Garden, Landscape Garden and Japanese Traditional Garden, and is considered to be one of the most important gardens from the Meiji era.
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Neighbourhood: Shinjuku
Shinjuku is the commuting capital of Tokyo, and contains the busiest train station in the world. To the west, there's an office district with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office at its center. To the east, there’s a district with long-established department stores, cinemas and theaters. Shinjuku Gyoen is a park originally built as the garden for the Imperial Household. It is quite famous as a venue for cherry-blossom viewing in March and April. In Shinjuku, many restaurants operate all night, and districts such as Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) or Shinjuku Golden Machi have back streets filled with tiny restaurants and bars that reflect each owner’s unique taste and style.
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  • aruroharuse
    Tokyo, Japan2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An oasis in the middle of a busy city.
    The entrance cost 500 yen, but is absolutely worth it. The park is carefully maintained and each season brings you a different landscape. Definitely recommended during cherry blossoms in spring and during autumn leaves season!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 31 May 2023
  • Josie Iino
    Cambridge, United Kingdom132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    5 stars
    A magnificent park worth the entry fee. It is simply so beautiful and a great detour when you are in the Shinjuku area (one, if not my favourite in Tokyo). I absolutely adore this place! Tranquil, calm, and has a distinctly Japanese feel.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 June 2023
  • J E
    Austin, Texas2,813 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    peaceful and tranquil
    A wonderful refuge in the middle of bustling Shinjuku. We spent most of a day strolling the varied gardens, touring the Greenhouse and the Imperial Rest House. Each area is different, from the traditional Japanese garden to the Formal Garden and Rose Beds, and we were particularly impressed with the Maple and Cherry Tree areas. There are plenty of bathrooms, and while we chose not to partake, there is a Starbucks, a Tea House, and a couple of other places to buy drinks and snacks. It was a very peaceful and tranquil place to spend the day.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 August 2023
  • jjluke
    Calgary, Canada1,420 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful walk in the park, very extensive grounds
    Beautiful gardens. Admission on the day we went (June 4th) was free for Environment Day, so be on the lookout for possible similar days during your trip. We agreed it would be well worth the amount charged as the gardens are very extensive and you could easily spent a few hours there taking pictures and relaxing. The pictures speak for themselves. We highly recommend visiting if you are in the area. If you found this review or my pictures to be helpful, please kindly indicate with a thumbs up so I know where to focus my future review efforts!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Anne B
    Sydney, Australia112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Gardens,
    I visited for 2.5 hours and this was not enough time to relax and take everything in. The Japanese gardens were just beautiful. Plenty of teahouses and cafes if you would like something. Or take a picnic like the Japanese do and rest on the lawns eat and watch. Very peaceful. My favourite Garden innTokyo.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 October 2023
  • Trey C
    Calgary, Canada372 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Park
    After wandering around Shinjuku shopping district, this park is right next door to relax and get away from the crowds. Beautiful walking paths and lots of trees, spaces, and water to de-stress and unwind. One of my favourite places to visit in Tokyo. Was able to walk around the park and then crash in the grass to read my book. Beautiful place.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 November 2023
  • iexpect
    127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasing garden in Tokyo
    It was a really good find in Tokyo. It gives a traditional Japanese garden,even with a Taiwan pavilion in one section. That said there are areas of roses and lawns that locals were relaxing on. There's also a variety of cafe / tea house within the grounds
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 November 2023
  • Jerry Mattern
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous park, especially around sunset.
    Got here about 330 and had an hour before the park closed. So glad I got here around sunset, the views were even better. Just a really chill place to hang out and enjoy the scenery. It’s too bad. The fall foliage hasn’t taken place here yet but still a beautiful place to visit
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 November 2023
  • David M
    34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Japanese Garden are a Highlight :)
    Very nice park, easy to get to on train. Well kept, the Japanese Garden was a highlight, plus there was a stunning chrysanthemum display on during my visit. Green house area was a bit disappointing - after Singapore's Gardens. Trees in general area very stunning. Worth a visit & happy to pay ¥500 to keep garden looking so good.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Glenn K
    Brisbane, Australia73 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful Walk Through Gardens
    To get out of the hustle & bustle that is Tokyo, my son and one of my daughters and I spent approx 1hr walking around while my wife and other daughter went shopping. As it was winter it had very few of the vibrant colours that we had hoped for. In fact it seemed rather asleep. Still beautiful in it's own way and quite relaxing
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 February 2024
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Olga B
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Great place to relax at. I really enjoyed it. There is a cafe I had the best and refreshing apple juice :) my friend really enjoyed her cold matcha as well. Great place to have a picnic andread. The views are to die for.
Written 18 April 2024
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Atairiastos
Palaiokastro, Greece556 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
What a surprise in down town Tokyo. Outstanding feeling of relax and spiritual calm. I was there during the cherry blossom period. So beautiful!!
Written 14 April 2024
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Ding W
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Sadly the cherry trees weren't in full blossom when I visited but it was still a nice garden. I had to wait an extra hour however because there were reservations needed for that day (which I had no idea about), and due to all the people the reservations were sold out so I had to wait until 4pm to go in the non-reservation period.
Written 13 April 2024
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Soudamini Mohapatra
Bengaluru, India92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It's the best place in Tokyo to view Cherry blossom. We visited the garden on 7th April, and very lucky to view garden with fully bloomed trees. Spent the entire day in this garden and it will be in my memory for ever. There are supposed to be 1000 varieties of flowers in this garden. It's a favorite place for the tourists as well as the locals. Many elderly people come for picnics too. There are a lot of toilets in the park. But only one outlet, Starbuck for food and drinks. It takes minimum one hour in the queue to get something. If you are lucky you can get to sit on the sofa with free Wifi inside Starbuck, which is very relaxing. There are flowering trees all over the garden, a paradise for nature lovers. Highly recommend this place.
Written 8 April 2024
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark4,149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
During cherry blossom season, this park is so incredibly beautiful that it gives you goosebumps. White trees reflect in shiny lakes, joyfully happy guests take a stream of selfies against the beautiful flowers, and in the distance, Tokyo's skyline appears as cubist blue mountains.

If you've read a few literary Japanese novels, you'll recognize the poetic undertone from the authors' descriptions of nature. Although the surrounding Japan is a hypermodern society, this park represents traditions in both aesthetics and care for preserving the existing unchanged.

We tried to enter the park on a Sunday in April around noon - and were rejected. We should have booked a ticket online in advance. The kind guard informed us that we could return at 4 p.m., when everyone would be let in.

At this point, the queue was still very long, and the entrance ticket cost 500 yen - but when we finally entered the park, all troubles were forgotten. The garden of paradise can't possibly be more beautiful.
Written 7 April 2024
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AK95
Dubai, United Arab Emirates133 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Beautiful garden to walk around. We were here for cherry blossom season so it was busy and there were so many beautiful trees. If you do go here for this season make sure to check online as some days you may have to book a ticket online as it’s so busy. There was a Queue but it moved quite fast and you can also pay by using your Suica card. Be sure to give yourself enough time to walk around as we only did some of it not it all as we did not have enough time. It’s really nice to have a garden picnic if you’ve time.
Written 6 April 2024
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Tshkft
East Grinstead, UK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It’s such amazing park in center of Shinjuku. Very peaceful place to visit, cherry blossoms (Sakura) looks gorgeous. Great for photography, only one minus - no blue sky.
Written 4 April 2024
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berend
San Diego, CA369 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Arrived late March. Lines were long, but moved quickly. When there snap the QR code for faster access. Was expecting several trees in bloom. Basically, those in bloom were limited to areas near gate access.
Written 31 March 2024
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Cme1234
Singapore, Singapore472 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This park is nestled right in the heart of Shinjuku. There is a ¥500 entry fee.

I went there with the hope of seeing the Sakura blossoms but no luck as only a few trees had sakuras blooming on them.

There is really nothing much this park. If anyone has visited the Botanical Gardens in Singapore, then you will definitely find this such an underwhelming place.

I definitely do not recommend this as a must do in any Tokyo itinerary.
Written 24 March 2024
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Ryan M
Belfast, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Came here on my trip to Shinjuku as part of my Japan trip. This place is so beautiful, with cherry blossoms in it too. And there is extensive walks and plentiful restrooms to use also.
Written 22 March 2024
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