Published by Antonio Tajuelo
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Shinjuku Gyoen Garden (新宿御苑) is one of my favorite parks in Tokyo. It is a place where one can feel in touch with nature and where peace and calm prevail ^^. The feeling of going into this beautiful park and exploring all its corners is simply incredible. It is worth to discover every precious detail and, without any doubts, this is one of the best places I know for enjoying plants and trees.
Shinjuku Gyoen Garden is in the Shinjuku district, in the center of Tokyo. It's surprising how such a beautiful and big park is placed in the center of the city, being a big contrast with the rush, neon lights and traffic in the streets of Tokyo.
Entrance to this garden is 200 yen, about 1.5€. It is a very cheap price, considering the big beauty and size of the garden (almost 60 hectares).
The opening time is from 9:00h to 16:00h, being 16:30h the gate closing time. It is open every day of the year, except mondays and from December 29th to January 3rd. There are special opening days from March 25th to April 24th (cherry blossom time) and from November 1st to November 15th (greenhouse blossom time).
You can find more information in the following links:
The pictures from this post were taken at sunset, about 15:00h, but this is a beautiful park at any time of the day.
In this photo you can see NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building. It is a big skyscraper, 240m tall, visible from many places in Shinjuku. It is a key reference in this part of the city.
Shinjuku Gyoen Garden is one of those places where time goes by at a different peace, almost stopping. Laying on the grass watching the blue sky, appreciating the bright tones of the tree leaves and feeling the wind are wonderful sensations to feel here.
This park is very clean. Despite people visiting the park on a daily basis, Japanese people are very clean and respectful with nature so they don't leave any trash on their way.
This is me looking to the sunset rays ^^.
Amazing yellow leaves on this tree! ^^
One of the youngest visitors of the park.
It is very common to find Japanese people taking photos of the park because it is incredibly beautiful.
I was amazed to explore each corner of this park. The beauty of the plant leaves in every posible tone is simply indescribable.
I love the tree reflection over the pond ^^.
It seems impossible that such a beautiful and peaceful place is located in the center of Tokyo, the most crowded metropolitan area in the world!
Taiwanese pavilion in one of the small ponds of the park.
I hope you enjoyed to view Shinjuku Gyoen as much as I did, and that you can visit it if you come to Tokyo ^^. You will love it!