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○Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Address: 11 Naito-machi, Shinjuku-ku
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Park closes at 4:30 p.m.)
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 during the year-end/New Year holidays (December 29 through January 3)
Admission: ¥200 for adults, ¥50 for elementary and junior high school students, and free for preschoolers
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, squares, and a viewing platform, 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 10-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, and maintains the feel of untouched nature. Fireflies are raised here in the spring, and once many could be seen in this area.

○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 10-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, 2018