This lovely 150-acre park was once the estate of the powerful Naito family of feudal lords, who were among the most trusted retainers of the Tokugawa shoguns. After World War II, the grounds were finally opened to the public. It's a perfect place for leisurely walks: paths wind past ponds and bridges, artificial hills, thoughtfully placed stone lanterns, and more than 3,000 kinds of plants, shrubs, and trees. There are different gardens in Japanese, French, and English
styles, as well as a greenhouse (the nation's first, built in 1885) filled with tropical plants. The best times to visit are April, when 75 different species of cherry trees—some 1,500 trees in all—are in bloom, and the first two weeks of November, during the chrysanthemum exhibition.
11 Naito-machi, Tokyo, 160-0014, Japan
Apr 22, 2007
Incredibly beautiful park in the middle of Shinjuku. I was lucky to go in April, when you can see the cherry blossoms. Totally awesome!
Jun 5, 2005
One of Shinjuku Gyoen's many charms is the fact that it is an island of peace in one of Tokyo's most frantic neighborhoods. Here, bucolic vistas are framed by the skyscrapers of Shinjuku - stunning.
Mar 29, 2005
THIS IS AN AWESOME PARK/GARDEN. FULL WITH EXTRAVAGANT FLOWERS. A MUST.