Originally the land of a family of feudal lords during the Edo period, Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens was opened to the public in 1949. Today it is probably Tokyo’s most famous park and certainly one of the biggest, covering an area of almost 60 hectares a short walk east of Shinjuku Station.
The park contains three gardens (a traditional Japanese, a French formal, and an English landscape), as well as a greenhouse that contains over 2,400 tropical species and has a walkway that takes you through two levels of rock and water features.
|Access||11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0014 | The park has three entrances. The southeast Sendagaya gate is a 15-minute walk from the East Exit of Shinjuku Station (JR Line) or a 5-minute walk from Kokuritsu-Kyogijyo on the Toei Oedo Line (take Exit A5). The northwest Shinjuku gate is a 5-minute from either Shinjuku-3-Chome Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line (take Exit C5) or Shinjuku-Gyoen-Mae Station on the Marunouchi Line (take Exit 1). The northeast Okido gate is a 5-minute walk from Shinjuku-Gyoen-Mae Station on the Marunouchi Line (take Exit 2) | Map|
|Hours||Open 9:00-16:30. Closed on Mondays unless it is a public holiday in which case the gardens are open on Monday and closed on Tuesday instead|
|Admission||¥200 for adults, ¥50 for junior high school students, and free for young children|