A cosmopolitan city that is full of vibrancy, Japan’s capital Tokyo is an energetic metropolis that is always on the move. Offering countless hours of sightseeing adventures, the city has something for young and old alike such as the Tsukiji Fish Market, Imperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, Sensoji Temple, Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Disneyland. Amidst the hustle and bustle of this urban landscape you will also find scenic areas of nature that offer an idyllic escape from the concrete jungle around you. One such site is the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
Once the site of an Edo era private mansion belonging to Lord Naito, the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is home to a rich storehouse of plant and tree species. Originally constructed as an imperial garden that was completed in 1906, the area was opened to the public following the conclusion of World War Two.
Located within walking distance from the Shinjuku-gyoemmae Station, this scenic area comes under the control of the Ministry of the Environment and spans an area of around 58.3 hectares. Those exploring the area will come across three styles of landscapes and horticultural design namely a Japanese traditional garden, a French formal garden and an English landscape garden.
The area is home to around 20,000 trees which include such varieties as Himalayan cedar, tulip, cypress and cherry. The greenhouse complex is also worth exploring and its tropical and subtropical plant species offer a truly fascinating visitor experience. Those heading to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden during the period between late March and early April can also witness the breathtaking scene of over 1,000 cherry trees in bloom offering the perfect setting for a romantic stroll or a fun family day out. As the seasons change, so does certain foliage in the garden meaning that whatever time of year you visit, you are assured of a memorable time amidst stunning natural backdrops.