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  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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History of the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

During the Edo period, the area where the Shinjuku Gyoen is now located was called the “Naito Shinjuku.” Among the Five Routes that start from Nihonbashi, the Koshu Kaido street had the longest distance from the starting point of Nihonbashi to Takaido, the first post town, so this area was accepted by the shogunate government to establish a new post town. In addition, as this area was the site of a private mansion that was given back to the shogunate by Lord Naito of the Takato Domain in the Shinano Province, Lord Naito’s name and “Shinjuku,” which literally means new post town, was combined to make the name “Naito Shinjuku.”
Eventually, “Naito” was removed from the name and the area started to be called “Shinjuku.” However, the Lord’s name remains in some of the addresses including the Shinjuku Gyoen as “Naito-cho (town).”
In 1872, the Naito Shinjuku Test Site was established in this area to promote modern agriculture in Japan. Afterwards, it became the Shinjuku Imperial Botanical Garden under the control of the Imperial Household Agency, and in 1906, the Shinjuku Gyoen was established as the first imperial garden in Japan.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Admission Fee

Adults 200 JPY/elementary and junior high school students 50 JPY/infants free of charge

Introduction of the Gates

There are three gates in the Shinjuku Gyoen.

(1) Shinjuku Gate (heading toward Shinjuku Station)
Shinjuku-Sanchome Station Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Fukutoshin Line, Toei Shinjuku Line 5 minutes on foot
>>Click here for the directions on foot from the nearby stations.


(2) Ookido Gate (heading toward Yotsuya Station)
Shinjuku-Gyoemmae Station Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line 5 minutes on foot
>>Click here for the directions on foot from the nearby stations.


(3) Sendagaya Gate (heading toward Yoyogi Station)
Yoyogi Station JR Yamanote Line Line 5 minutes on foot
>>Click here for the directions on foot from the nearby stations.

Highlights Through the Seasons

  • Spring of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
    • Spring
      Japanese spring is famous for its cherry blossoms. There are 65 different varieties of cherry blossom of over 1,100 trees including Yaezakura (double-flowered cherry tree) and Somei Yoshino (Yoshino cherry tree).
      The flowering season varies depending on the type of cherry trees. You will be able to enjoy the earliest ones from the end of March. This is the time of year when the garden has the most visitors.
  • Summer of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
    • Summer
      This is the season when the traditional Japanese garden looks beautiful with deepened greens.
      You will be greeted with the various colors of the flowers such as azaleas, hydrangeas, and cape jasmines.
  • Autumn of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
    • Autumn
      Autumn flowers such as red spider lilies and fragrant olives bloom and create a magical scenery of nature.
      The autumn leaves turn into enthralling colors, and the leaves of trees turn their colors beautifully from early November to the beginning of December, starting with dogwoods.
  • Winter of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
    • Winter
      The leaves fall, and the trees withstand the cold winter. Snow falls at times, and you can feel the power of nature. You can enjoy pretty little flowers in winter as well.
      Narcissi and winter sweets bloom in December, adonis flowers and winter camellias in January, and Japanese witch hazels and Japanese apricots blossom in February.

*The following contents were edited by LIVE JAPAN by researching information disclosed on websites.

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Description

Shinjuku Gyoen a spacious garden with an area of 58.3 hectares (144 acres) and a circumference of 3.5 kilometers. In 1906 it was established as an Imperial Garden and it is now managed by the Japanese government. It consists of three distinct styles: an expansive Landscape Garden, a symmetrically arranged Formal Garden, and a calm Japanese Traditional Garden. These well-designed gardens are said to be masterpiece of garden landscapes in Japan. It is a place where you can fully enjoy the scenery in every season. About 1,000 cherry trees from 65 species bloom in spring, and in autumn the fall foliage is spectacular. Shinjuku Gyoen also has a tea house where you can enjoy powdered green tea and traditional Japanese cakes. Experiencing a casual tea ceremony (for an extra fee) is one of the attractions. Admission Fee: Adults ¥500; Junior high school students and under are free. Shinjuku Gyoen is a five-minute walk from the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line Shinjuku-Gyoenmae Station (Exit No. 1) or a ten-minute walk from JR (Japan Railways) Shinjuku Station (South Exit). Note that alcoholic beverages cannot be brought into the park and that use of toys and sports equipment is also prohibited in the garden.

Location Information

  • Address

    11 Naito-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0014

  • Nearest Station
    Shinjuku-Gyoemmae Station
    ・ Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
    Exit 1
    5 minutes on foot
  • Phone Number
    03-3350-0151
  • Hours
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    (10/01~03/14 | The facility closes at 4:30pm)
    9:00am - 5:30pm
    (03/15~06/30 | The facility closes at 6:00pm)
    9:00am - 6:30pm
    (07/01~08/20 | The facility closes at 7:00pm)
    9:00am - 5:30pm
    (08/21~09/30 | The facility closes at 6:00pm)*Greenhouse: 9:30am - 1 hour before closing. Information Center,Promenade: 9:00am - Until closing time.
  • Closed
    Monday
  • Multilingual Staff
    English

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