Tucked away from the frenetic energy of Tokyo, Shinjuku Gyoen is a grove of tranquility. Blessed with delicate Japanese gardens and shrouded in moss-laden trees, the tranquil scenery provides a relaxing escape from the business of the city. Stroll the picturesque ponds, bask in the pale pink glow of the thousands of cherry blossoms that bloom each spring, or observe the many shades of auburn on a warm fall day.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is open every day except Monday and the opening hours depend on the season:
October 1-March 14: 9am-4pm
March 15-June 30: 9am-5:30pm
July 1 to August 20: 9am-6:30pm
August 21-September 30: 9am-5:30pm
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How to get there
N35° 41' 08.7756"E139° 42' 21.2616"
This photo was taken on a bridge located on Kami-no-ike Pond in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (新宿御苑).
The garden itself is a short walk from JR Shinjuku Station, Shinjuku Sanchome Station, Shinjuku-gyoemmae Station, and Yotsuya-Sachome Station. You can get to either of these stations and walk to the garden in about 15 minutes.
Kami-no-ike Pond is located on the west side of the park, very close to Rakuu-tei Tea House. Once you're on the bridge, reference the GPS coordinates and look for the two trees you see in the photo. If you face west on the bridge, you will have a similar angle to mine.
Maps are placed all throughout the park, as well as pamphlets containing a map of the garden (provided at the entrances of the park), which will help guide you to the pond.
Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0014
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