[Sakura 2013] Shinjuku Kouen (新宿御苑)

Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑) is one of Tokyo’s largest and most popular parks. Located just a short walk from Shinjuku Station, the paid park’s spacious lawns, meandering walking paths and tranquil scenery provide a relaxing escape from the busy urban center around it. In spring Shinjuku Gyoen becomes one of the best places in the city to see cherry blossoms.

Japan Guide

Shinjuku Gyoen
This year’s Sakura bloomed almost 10 days earlier compared to previous years. I remembered that last year the flowers only bloom in the first week of April and this year it actually opened in mid March. The Sakura was only 40% opened when I visited but it was expected to bloom fully by this week. Even though, the flowers were not fully opened but the park was already full of people enjoying the nice spring weather.

Shinjuku Gyoen
Some close up shots of the Sakura species in the garden. Check out this link for details of the different species.

Shinjuku Gyoen
The pink variety

Shinjuku Gyoen
Almost like snow…….

Shinjuku Gyoen
Park closes at 430pm and just look at the crowd! Expected more crowd when the sakura opens fully.

新宿御苑 〒160-0014 東京都新宿区藤町11


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mommy Chuck
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 10:09:37

    The flowers look so nice 🙂 Now that you’re there, you can make a visit again when they are 100% bloomed.

  2. Xuan-er
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 10:15:58

    @mommy chuck: it is not too cold this year so it was comfortable. will post more as I took more photos during the weekend.

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