Sakura 2018: Shinjuku Gyoen

Visit Date: 03/26/2018 (Best Time: early to mid April)

Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑) is one of the most popular parks in Tokyo as it is just about 1.5 kilometers or a short 20 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station. It provides a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere in the center of the busy city.

The park has a large variety of cherry trees that typically bloom at different times which lead to the park’s relatively long viewing period. After another warm weekend, most of the Somei Yoshino has reached full bloom and with a warm and mostly sunny forecast ahead this week, the blossoms should be at their best viewing all week and likely into next weekend (pending any inclement weather).

Beautiful landscape of colors viewed from the middle pond.

Visitors flocked the park even on a workday.

These gorgeous white flowers attract lots of attention.

Under the stunning weeping cherry tree near the lower pond.

Lovely pink florets.

Impressive scenery reflected on water.

Enjoying the tranquility of the park’s cherry tree area.

Brilliant pink cherry blossoms.

State of the late blooming cherry florets.

A fine and pleasing sunny day which is great for hanami.

Full bloom fluffy sakura cloud.

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)