Talking about a refreshing atmosphere, there is a popular place in Shinjuku you can escape to while getting stressed from the routine of the city. It is Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (新宿御苑 – Shinjuku Gyoen). This is one of the largest parks in Tokyo located just a short walk from Shinjuku Station.
Until the end of World War II, Shinjuku Gyoen was Emperor’s private park that was completed in 1906, and then the government relinquished the park for the public possession. Today, the park under the jurisdiction of the national Ministry of the Environment have as official name “Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden”.
With 58.3 hectares in area and 3.5 km of circumference, the park is divided to three distinct styles, there are: The French style garden, the English Landscape and the Japanese garden. There are more than 20,000 trees including 1,500 of cherry blossom trees and other trees such as Himalayan cedars, tulip trees, cypresses, and plane-trees. The greenhouses in this garden have a stock of over 1,700 tropical and subtropical plants from many specimens of plants from all over the world.
This area is a style of garden based on symmetry and the principle of imposing order.
This area presents an idealized view of nature. It included a lake, lawn and other recreations such as classical temples, bridges, and Gothic ruins.
It is a garden that create miniature idealized landscapes. This is a good place to see cherry blossom as there are about 1,500 cherry blossom trees. This garden included karensansu (Japanese rock gardens) and teahouses where the Japanese tea ceremony are conducted.
1. It is good idea to bring a camera when visiting this park. Shinjuku Gyoen has a lot of great places that can be good for photography.
2. There is three rest area that you can find around the park, that has stand or restaurant, so if you feel hungry or thirsty just you can go there.
3. Shinjuku Gyoen is a great place to see cherry blossom, but it gets very crowded at the Sakura season.
4. Because of the large amount of visitors, the lawn areas can suffer a bit, that is why you need to walk on the path no over the grass. Usually, the officer will give you that notice in the entrance gate.
There are three gates to access the garden, Shinjuku Gate, Okido Gate and Sendagaya Gate. Shinjuku Gyoen in open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:00 to 16:30. The teahouses in Japanese Garden area is open from 9:30 to 16:00. During the cherry blossom and chrysanthemum seasons, late March to late April for cherry blossom and November for chrysanthemum, the garden is open seven days a week.
The admission to enter the garden is 200 yen for adults and 50 yen for children.