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○Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Address: 11 Naito-machi, Shinjuku-ku
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (to 5:30 p.m. from March 15 through June 30, and August 21 through September 30; to 6:30 p.m. from July 1 through August 20)
Closed: Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday; open daily from March 25 through April 24 and November 1 through 15) and December 29 through January 3
Admission: ¥500 for adults, ¥250 for those 65 years of age or older and students of high school age or older, and free for junior high school students or younger
Transportation: A 10-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station
Shinjuku Gyoen, which is rich in natural greenery, was constructed on the site of a private mansion belonging to Lord Naito, a daimyo (feudal lord) of the Shinshu Takato Clan of the Edo era. Completed in 1906 as an imperial garden, it was opened as a national garden after World War II and is now enjoyed by everyone as a favorite relaxation spot in the city.
With an area of land of 58.3 hectares (144 acres) and a circumference of 3.5 km, it blends three distinct styles: French Formal, English Landscape, and Japanese Traditional. It is famous as a rare scenic garden in Japan.

○Shinjuku Chuo Park
Address: 2-11 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Transportation: A 10-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station
Situated near the skyscrapers of the west exit area of Shinjuku Station, this park provides a space for office workers and others to relax. Inside, you will find a waterfall and grassy areas, temporarily forgetting you are in Tokyo’s new urban center. Visitors also enjoy the ample greenery and the different flowers which bloom according to season.

○Otomeyama Park
Address: 2-10 Shimo-Ochiai, Shinjuku-ku
Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (until 5 p.m. from October to March)
Transportation: A seven-minute walk from JR Takadanobaba/Mejiro Station
During the Edo era this park and the surrounding area were the official hunting grounds of the shogun’s family; all others were forbidden from entering the grounds. Currently, this park has groves of small shrubs, natural springs and ponds.

○Kansen-en Park
Address: 3-5 Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku
Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (until 5 p.m. from November to February)
Transportation: A seven-minute walk from Waseda Station on the Tozai Subway Line
This spot was the residence of a daimyo (feudal lord) during the Edo Era. It is said that the park was named “Kansen-en” (literally translated as “sweet spring park”) because the spring water here was excellent for tea.
On the other side of the main gate is a wide Japanese garden that immediately imparts a feeling of harmony, allowing one to forget they are in the center of Tokyo.

April 1, 2021