Sakura 2017: Shinjuku Gyoen

Visit Date: 04/06/2017 (Best Time: early to mid April)

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (新宿御苑) is located just about 1.5 kilometers which is a short 20 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station.

The 58.3 hectares park has more than 1,500 cherry trees of more than 12 varieties which starts blooming from late March to late April and sometimes even last 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.

Pink and white cherry blossoms add color to the beautiful landscape around the upper pond.

Most of the Somei Yoshino cherry trees are in full bloom, creating a gorgeous pink-white canopy for hanami parties.

Hanami goers are taking advantage of the sunny day.

The cotton-like blossoms provides a tranquil atmosphere.

The gorgeous pink and white flowers around the pond.

Most of the Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms are at this state.

The weeping Shidarezakura were past their peak and starting to grow leaves.

Branches of the weeping Shidarezakura create a curtain-like arrangement.

Beautiful pink Yaeshidarezakura.

Various shade of cherry blossoms captivate the visitors attention.

Numerous visitors enjoying the view of the cherry blossoms from the bridge.

A quieter area of the park, the Cherry Trea Area near the Sendagaya Rest House.

Lovely blossoms near the Shinjuku Gate.

Cherry blossoms around the English Landscape Section of the park, which is definitely one of the visitors’ favorite spots.

Cherry florets are almost in full bloom.

Useful Info:
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Service Center
Address: 11 Naito-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 〒160-0014
Inquiries: 03-3350-0151
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 Gate
▸ Shinjuku Station South Exit (10 mins walk)
▸ Shinjuku-Gyoenmae Station Exit 1 (5 mins walk)
▸ Shinjuku-Sanchome Station Exit E5 (5 mins walk)
Sendagaya Gate
▸ JR Sendagaya Station (5 mins walk)
▸ Kokuritsu-Kyogijo Station Exit 5 (5 mins walk)