Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
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Famous for its appearance in Makoto Shinkai’s hit anime ‘The Garden of Words’, the expansive Shinjuku Gyoen was originally a private estate before opening to the public in 1946. It boasts some of the most beautiful gardens in the city. Each sector in the park has a different theme – there is a French garden, an English landscape garden, a botanical greenhouse and amomiji-yama (maple mountain) – to showcase each of the four seasons. As such, the park offers a different experience as the season changes, but it’s especially popular for hanami (flower viewing) gatherings during cherry blossom season.
11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku-ku
|Transport:||Sendagaya Gate: Sendagaya Station (Sobu line); Kokuritsu-Kyogijyo Station (Oedo line). Shinjuku Gate: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae Station (Marunouchi line). Okido Gate: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae Station (Marunouchi line)|
|Price:||¥500, university and high school students ¥250, free for children aged 15 and younger|
|Opening hours:||9am-4.30pm (Oct 1-Mar 14), 9am-6pm (Mar 15-Sep 30), 9am-7pm (Jul 1-Aug 20); last entry 30min before closing time|