Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sakura - Cherry Blossoms at Shinjuku Gyoen Park

Spring has come to Japan! In this year, Sakura - cherry blossoms started to bloom earlier than average. 


Shinjuku Gyoen Park was designed as an imperial retreat and completed in 1906.  Now it is a huge park for everyone and one of the best places to see cherry blossoms. The park is about 3.5 km in circumference.

In this weekend, lots of people came to this park to enjoy cherry blossoms... Japanese are crazy for them, LOVE Sakura. The building back side is Docomo Tower, the mobile phone company's building. Looks like the Empire State Building?

There are French Formal Garden, English Landscape garden, Japanese Traditional Garden, Greenhouse and Mother and Child's Forest in this park. This is Taiwan Pavilion, by the way...very international. 

The park has about 65 kinds and 1,300 cherry trees.  Lots of trees are blooming now, but you can still see cherry blossoms in the next month. 

Weeping cherry trees are still budding.

Later in Sakura season, the roads turn to pink carpets.

The park has 3 gates to enter, and is accessible from some stations. The easiest way to go to Shinjuku Gyoen is probably from JR Sendagaya Station, walking straight for 5 minutes.  Please be reminded that pets, play equipments, and any alcohols cannot be brought to this park, which some Japanese hate it especially in this cherry blossom season. Also, the park close at 16:00. Yes, this is very wholesome park.

Opening Hours: 9:00 - 16:00
Closing days: Mondays, and Dec 29 to Jan3 (Mar25 to Apr 24 and Nov 1 to 15 are open)
Admission: Adult JPY200

Experience Japan!

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