Visit Date: 03/30/2016 (Best Time: early to mid April)
Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑) being located in central Tokyo, just about 1.5 kilometers or a short 20 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station, is one of the most popular parks in Tokyo.
The park has more than 1,500 cherry trees of more than 12 varieties which starts blooming from late March to late April or sometimes even until early May. With its long cherry blossom season, the park is also indeed one of Tokyo’s favorite and best cherry blossom spot in Japan.
Early flowering cherry trees were in full bloom where some have even started to lose their petals but are still nice to see. A lot of groups were enjoying the beautiful weather picnicking at the large fields and under the sakura trees.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Service Center
Address: 11 Naito-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 〒160-0014
Hours: 9:00 – 16:00 (gates close at 16:30)
Admission Fee: ¥ 200
* Elementary and junior high school student is ¥50.
* Disabled visitors and his/her companion may enter free of charge (ID must be presented).
* Group discount applies to a party of 30 persons or more.
▸ Shinjuku Station South Exit (10 mins walk)
▸ Shinjuku-Gyoenmae Station Exit 1 (5 mins walk)
▸ Shinjuku-Sanchome Station Exit E5 (5 mins walk)
▸ JR Sendagaya Station (5 mins walk)
▸ Kokuritsu-Kyogijo Station Exit 5 (5 mins walk)