Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑) is one of Tokyo’s largest and most popular parks. It’s located just a few minutes walk from Shinjuku Station. This park is like an oasis in the center of Tokyo and you can see high-rise buildings around it.
Shinjuku Gyoen originated during the Edo Period as feudal lord’s Tokyo residence. It was later converted into a botanical garden and used for recreation and the entertainment of guests.
The park was almost completely destroyed during World War II, but it was reopened in 1949 as a public park.
Shinjuku Gyoen contains 3 different types of gardens:
The rest of the park consists of beautiful forested areas, lawns and several structures, such as restaurant, an information center, and an art gallery as well.
Shinjuku Gyoen is a really tranquil spot in the heart of Tokyo. It is perfect for a break from the noise of the city or to simply enjoy a picnic with your dear friends or family. It closes fairly early (at 16:00), so arrive earlier to fully enjoy it.