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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Neighborhood: 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 May 31, 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
    Traveled solo
    Written June 27, 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 16, 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 21, 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
    Traveled solo
    Written October 23, 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
    Traveled solo
    Written November 2, 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 5, 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
    Traveled solo
    Written November 19, 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
    Traveled solo
    Written November 19, 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
    Traveled with family
    Written February 3, 2024
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GoGo2SlowGo
Denton, TX1,537 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
My wife and I lived in Tokyo on several occasions. This garden is particularly popular during cherry blossom time. There is a small admission fee to enter the park and it's quite large.
They have trees and flowers planted so that there is something blooming just about all year.
The park is large at 140 acres but pales by comparison to Central Park which is 840 acres. However, that's comparing apples and oranges. Shinjuku Gyoen is really known for its garden and during sakura time - it's a magical fairyland.
Written February 20, 2020
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Jojo C
Makati, Philippines47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Shinjuku Gyoen Gardens is a welcome respite from the business in Tokyo. The entrance is Y500 which gets you into a huge park filled with trees and flowers. We spent a couple of hours just strolling around the park and resting on the benches to admire the sakura flowers. There are different sections with lakes and bridges which gives a very different vibe from being in the city, even if you are in the city.
Written February 26, 2020
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ARice
Cocoa Beach, FL17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Absolutely beautiful!! I felt like it was Japan’s version of Central Park- the city skyscrapers were all around but this little piece of heaven. We walked all over this park- it was so peaceful when the city outside is a hustle and bustle. There was so much beauty in the history of the gardens. And how meticulous the caretakers are of the property. I would recommend this as a wind down walk through the city of Shinjuku.
Written January 5, 2020
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Stephen6945
Perth, Australia43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Have been here before after snow had fallen and it was a delight. It is closed on Mondays and I cannot figure out why. We watched about 20 people from overseas come up to the gates and be disappointed. Unfortunately I also booked a nearby Hotel so that we could spend time in the park and found out that it was closed on the one day we were there.
Written February 22, 2020
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark4,153 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 April 7, 2024
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PaulSiow
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,731 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
We came here to view cherry blossoms and were not disappointed. I think we paid 500 yen per person to enter the garden. Quite a big garden. Be prepared to spend at least 2-3 hours to walk around.
Written February 28, 2020
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HandsomeXO
Hong Kong, China9,852 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Tokyo Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, residence of the Naito family during the Edo period, is a public botanical garden featuring a wide range of plants, including quite a number of endangered species. It is famous for being one of the best Hanami (flower viewing) spots in Tokyo during the cherry blossom season.

NAKED Sakura Night Garden 2023 is Gyoen’s first collaboration with NAKED Inc., a creative company. The light show simply turns the garden into a magically illuminated realm with cherry blossom being the main theme. Admission tickets (Klook Special Promotion: JPY 1,600/adult; JPY 1,400/senior) can easily be purchased online in advance. Paperless transactions are simple and environmentally friendly; all you need is the QR code. Expect to walk on grass, so wear comfortable shoes. Although wheelchairs are available for free rental, the walk from the entrance to the rental booth is approximately 10 minutes. Enjoy the view and take lots of photos and videos!
Written February 22, 2024
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Trip25687
London, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Gorgeous gardens divided into different sections - woods, western, Japanese etc. I was a bit disappointed that the greenhouse had a closed sign 30 mins before closing meaning I missed this part of the gardens. 500 yen entrance fee.
Written February 1, 2020
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Genevieve
Gold Coast, Australia70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I have been to Shinjuku Gyoen Park in Spring, Summer and Winter and never been disappointed. The differences in the foliage through the different seasons is quite beautiful. And if you are lucky enough to be in Tokyo during the Cherry Blossom season, this is the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful colours!
Written February 11, 2020
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Irene T
Singapore, Singapore188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I’m not used to the idea of paying entrance fees for parks, but it’s a small price and the park is quite huge and it’s a really nice place. I saw many families and couples sitting or lying on the grass, enjoying a picnic and having a relaxing time. The highlight for me was to see a cherry blossom tree in full bloom in this park, in the middle of December! Overall, I enjoyed exploring the park, it’s a wonderful respite in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of Shinjuku.
Written December 27, 2022
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