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When is the best time to see cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen?

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

When is the best time to see cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen? Check the cherry blossom season and the light-up period!

It is located in Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo Shinjuku, which is well-known for “Sakura no Kai”. It is famous for cherry blossoms and a cherry blossom viewing spot. Information about the best time to see cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen and the crowded situation. In addition, the highlights and features of Shinjuku Gyoen and the history of the establishment of Shinjuku Gyoen will be introduced in detail.

 

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

table of contents

  1. Shinjuku Gyoen is a popular cherry blossom viewing spot in Tokyo!
  2. highlights of cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen
  3. Shinjuku Gyoen cherry blossom viewing spot of the
  4. Best time to see cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen
  5. congestion situation of Shinjuku Imperial garden of cherry blossoms
  6. Are Shinjuku Gyoen cherry blossoms lit up?
  7. Notes on cherry blossom viewing in Shinjuku Gyoen
  8. Basic information on Shinjuku Gyoen
  9. method of access to Shinjuku Gyoen
  10. 10 History of Shinjuku Gyoen
  11. 11 Enjoy cherry blossoms at Shinjuku Gyoen!

Shinjuku Gyoen is a popular cherry blossom viewing spot in Tokyo!

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen is located in Shinjuku and Shibuya Wards, Tokyo. National park under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Environment. There were times when it was under the jurisdiction of the Imperial Household Agency. That’s why it’s a famous tourist spot in Tokyo that has a long history, and many foreigners have visited recently.

Shinjuku Gyoen is known as a famous place for cherry blossoms as the “Cherry Blossom Viewing Party” is held in Shinjuku Gyoen. It is a cherry blossom viewing spot that has been selected as one of the 100 most famous spots in Sakura.

 

Many cherry trees are planted on a vast site. This is an introduction of the cherry blossom viewing spots, the best time to see them, and the crowd.

The size of 12 Tokyo Domes

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen is a large park full of greenery. This is a national park under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Environment, and has been open to the public since 1949. The size of Shinjuku Gyoen is about 58.3 hectares, which is about 12 times the size of Tokyo Dome. Seasonal plants are planted, but the most famous are “Sakura” and “Chrysanthemum”.

The highlights of Shinjuku Gyoen Cherry

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

Pick up the highlights of the famous cherry blossom spot, “Shinjuku Gyoen”, and you can put it in several points. First of all, Shinjuku Gyoen is large and there are many kinds of cherry blossoms. Depending on the type of cherry blossoms, you can enjoy subtle variations of white, pink, light pink, and dark pink.

As Shinjuku Gyoen is not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages into the park, there is no drunkenness to make a fool of excuses about cherry blossom viewing. You can enjoy cherry blossom viewing in an orderly and quiet manner.

Shinjuku Gyoen has a large lawn where you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing with your family. In addition, Shinjuku Gyoen is neatly maintained, noisy and unusually crowded, and slightly different from the cherry blossom viewing.

Rich variety of cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen has a wide variety of cherry blossoms only on a vast site. There are about 65 types of cherry trees to be planted, such as Yoshino cherry trees, wild cherry trees, Ichiyo and Kawazu cherry trees, which are synonymous with cherry blossoms.

There are about 1,200 cherry trees. It’s hard to see cherry blossoms of this scale in one place. That’s why Shinjuku Gyoen is a famous spot for cherry blossoms, and the best time to see them is.

You can enjoy cherry blossoms for a long time because there are some cherry trees that bloom late

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

In Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo, you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing from mid-February to mid-April due to the large variety of cherry blossoms. You can also enjoy leaf cherry blossoms.

In the case of a general climate, the cherry blossoms will bloom from around mid-February, and varieties of cherry blossoms usually called early blooming will begin to bloom, such as kanhizakura and Kawazu cherry blossoms known for their early blooming. The flowers are in bloom until early March.

The cherry blossom viewing season, from the end of March to the beginning of April, the cherry blossoms, Yoshino cherry blossoms and weeping cherry blossoms, blooms all together. Many varieties are in full bloom at this time. The entire Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden will be in the “Meeting to see cherry blossoms” state.

The best time to see the cherry blossoms is until mid-April!

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

From the middle of April, the last cherry blossom viewing season in Tokyo, Yaesakura, Ichiyo, Kanzan, and other varieties that bloom late are in full bloom, creating the beauty of the cherry blossoms. The late-blooming cherry is an eight-fold cherry blossom, full of volume. As you can see, Shinjuku Gyoen has a long cherry blossom season.

For reference only, according to the forecast of cherry blossom bloom and cherry blossom season in Shinjuku Gyoen in 2019, the expected flowering date is March 21, the half-blooming is March 28, and the full bloom is March 30 , Sakurabuki was announced on April 3rd, and it seems that it was announced based on the flowering schedule of Yoshino.

Enjoy cherry-blossom viewing in a picnic mood

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

There are parts that have already been mentioned, but Shinjuku Gyoen is full of other attractions besides the cherry blossoms. There are cherry blossoms in spring and chrysanthemums in autumn even when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. There is also a large lawn, so you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing with the feeling of enjoying a picnic in a healthy atmosphere with your family and close friends.

Cherry blossom viewing spot in Shinjuku Gyoen

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

Cherry blossom viewing in Shinjuku Gyoen, there are various cherry blossom viewing spots, but there is a popular cherry blossom viewing spot. It is an introduction of such a popular spot.

A famous place for cherry blossom viewing in Shinjuku Gyoen is the lawn plaza near Sendagaya Gate. You can see cherry blossoms at a relatively low position. It is the distance that children can be happy with cherry blossoms. Above all, there is a lawn, so you can play on the lawn and lay sheets to eat.

Shinjuku Gyoen is originally a place for cherry blossom viewing, sometimes called “Sakuraen”. Near the Sendagaya Gate, enter from the Sendagaya Gate and proceed to the right to see the Sakura Garden. There are many cherry trees and you can enjoy cherry blossoms.

There is also a recommended cherry-blossom viewing zone near “Lower Pond”. The branches of cherry blossoms are not so big, and you can see the cherry blossoms nearby. However, be careful because the scaffolding is a little bad.

Other than cherry blossom viewing spots

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

In addition to cherry blossom viewing, Shinjuku Gyoen has a wonderful garden that can be seen throughout the seasons. A garden designed and built quite early. Even now, the beauty is beautiful and each is a garden full of personality, so we recommend that you carefully appreciate the goodness of each.

Japanese garden

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

In the Japanese garden, there is also a historical building “Old Gyotei” and a Kikuhanadan exhibition related to the Imperial Family. In the old days, it was opened as Kamoba, and was renovated into a Japanese garden with a pond spring excursion in the early Showa period. Seasonal plants such as cherry blossoms, plums and maples also blend into the garden. This garden has a particularly valuable history even in Shinjuku Gyoen.

English garden

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

It is officially not an “English garden” but an English “scenery” garden. I don’t really know the real English garden, but it is said to feel like an English garden. There are actually many people who feel that way.

In the English landscape garden, there are large trees such as plane trees and lilies that are over 30 meters high on a large lawn square. It is a vast green space that spreads out in the Shinjuku buildings.

French garden

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

“French garden” is a beautifully balanced garden that is symmetrical. It is said to be a French-style orthopedic garden, especially the rose flower bed and sycamore trees.

There are 156 plane trees, with four rows of trees. In addition, there is a flower bed of roses, and during the rose season in May, there are about 110 kinds of roses and about 500 roses.

Mother and child forest

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen’s “Mother and Child Forest” was created in Shinjuku Gyoen in 1985 to allow parents and children to interact with nature, improve their sensibilities, and be interested in nature. We have created a space where you can observe and touch nature.

In the “Mother and Child Forest”, there are small “ponds” and “flows”. There is a “walk” that allows you to walk in the green nature. Even so, it is “Mother and Child Forest”, but mothers often dislike insects, so let’s go out with your dad.

Best time to see cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

It’s time for cherry blossom viewing in Shinjuku Gyoen, but there seems to be some deviation depending on the climate of the year. In 2019, Yoshino cherry blossomed on March 20th.

If the cherry blossom, Yoshino cherry, is used as the peak of cherry blossom viewing, Shinjuku Gyoen is the best season for cherry blossom viewing in late March.

However, Shinjuku Gyoen has many types of cherry trees, and cherry blossoms are also blooming in February and late April. There are about 65 types of cherry blossoms, and the best time to see cherry trees, which are said to be about 1100 to 1200 in total, will be different depending on the type.

The types of cherry blossoms that are in full bloom from mid-February to mid-March include “Kanzakura”, “Kawazazakura” and “Himalayan cherry”. There seems to be no congestion at this time cherry blossom viewing.

Cherry blossom viewing in late April

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

The cherry blossoms that come in full bloom from late March to early April are Sakura’s pronoun “Somei Yoshino”. It blooms suddenly and scatters wonderfully. “Tokai cherry”, “Weeping cherry”, “Yamazakura” and so on.

In Shinjuku Gyoen, there are cherry blossoms that are in full bloom from mid-April to late April. In other words, it ’s a cherry blossom in Daiki-sei. “Shibayama” “Ichiyo” “Turmeric” “Kasumi Sakura” etc. It seems that there is no big crowd even if we see the cherry blossoms at this time.

The crowded situation of cherry blossom viewing in Shinjuku Gyoen

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen
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Anyway, it is a large Shinjuku Gyoen, but the places where you can see cherry blossoms in full bloom are limited. The position to show SNS seems to be particularly crowded. Still, there seems to be no congestion that cannot move.

If you look at the cherry blossom viewing season in general, the crowd will be more crowded than in other seasons.

Under such circumstances, the most crowded period is usually the short time when Yoshino cherry tree is in full bloom. From late March to early April, it will become so crowded that admission may be restricted. During that period, we recommend cherry-blossom viewing early.

Is Shinjuku Gyoen cherry blossom lighted up?

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

Light-ups are increasing in order to allow tourists to enjoy sightseeing spots in Japan at night. Shinjuku Gyoen is also lit up only for a certain period of time.

During the cherry blossom viewing season and the autumn chrysanthemum season, it is lit up only in certain places. Shinjuku Gyoen is easy to access. Even at night, you can go home with peace of mind so you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing until the night.

Light up period of cherry blossom

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

It is explanation about “Cherry blossom light up” of Shinjuku Gyoen in 2019 (2019), but first, Shinjuku Gate is the only entrance and exit gate at the time of light up.

It is an overview of the Shinjuku Gyoen Yae Sakura Light-up, which was lit up for a total of 10 days from April 8 (Monday) to 10 (Wednesday) and 14 (Sunday) to 20 (Saturday). . During this time, the annual “Cherry Blossom Viewing Party” will be held, so that the light-up will be suspended for a certain period in preparation.

The implementation time was lit up from 18:00 to 21:00 on April 8th to 10th, 19th to 20th, and from 19:00 to 21:30 on April 14th to 18th. According to the schedule, after the Shinjuku Gyoen Garden is closed, only the Shinjuku Gate will be opened again to light up.

Re-entry at the light-up time with daytime tickets on the day

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

The admission fee is a normal admission fee, which is 500 yen for general, 250 yen for students over 65 years old and free for junior high school students and younger. If there is an admission ticket issued on the day, it can be re-entered by presenting it at the entrance during the light-up time.

The area that is lit up is the Shinjuku Gate-a part of the landscape garden, and you cannot enter other Shinjuku Gyoen facilities.

Special plan during the light-up period

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

In 2019, a special event was held as a special project to promote nighttime tourism content.

The event was held from April 14 to 18 (5 days), from 19:00 to 21:30 minutes, and entertainment such as traditional performing arts was performed. .

Access to and from Shinjuku Gate only

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

During the light-up period, Shinjuku Gate is the only gate to enter and exit. In order to ensure terrorism and other safety measures, prohibited items are checked. Incoming baggage will be inspected.

For baggage inspection, it may be temporarily crowded, but once you enter the park, you will encounter a fantastic and beautiful cherry blossom that is lit up.

Notes on cherry blossom viewing in Shinjuku Gyoen

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

Although it is not under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Environment, it is now Shinjuku Gyoen, which is known worldwide. There are common sense precautions including cherry blossom season.

Since it is a public place, follow the rules that have been set, and observe the precautions so that not only you but also people around you can enjoy the Shinjuku Gyoen.

Cannot bring alcohol or play equipment

Liquor is not allowed in Shinjuku Gyoen, not limited to the cherry blossom season. It is strictly forbidden to make more noise than necessary with alcohol, or to sip alcohol bottles or cans. In addition, it is prohibited to bring in play equipment such as balls. Naturally, ball play is also prohibited.

Shinjuku Gyoen is well-cleaned, so keep it clean and let everyone use it comfortably. However, it is OK to bring drinks other than alcohol, so you can bring drinks other than alcohol.

Basic information of Shinjuku Gyoen

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen is now visited by tourists from all over the world. There are also caveats unique to Shinjuku Gyoen. Introducing basic information such as opening and closing times related to Shinjuku Gyoen. It will be helpful when you visit Shinjuku Gyoen. Please note that prices may vary.

Opening and closing times and fees

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen is open from October 1st to March 14th from 9:00 to 16:00 and closes at 16:30. The greenhouse opens from 9:30 to 15:30 and closes at 16:00.

The opening hours for the period from March 15th to September 30th are from 9:00 to 18:00, admission is until 17:30, and the park closes at 18:00. The opening hours of the greenhouse are 9: 30-17: 00 and close at 17:30.

Even during the above period, the opening hours from July 1 to August 20 will be from 9:00 to 18:30, and will be closed at 19:00. The opening hours of the greenhouse are 9: 30-18: 00 and close at 18:30.

Shinjuku Gyoen restaurant has its own time

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

There are exceptions depending on the season, but in general, the restaurant open time of the restaurant Yukinoki / Cafe Hana is 9: 00-17: 00. The opening hours of the tea house are from 10:00 to 17:00, and the opening times of the art gallery are from 9:00 to 18:00.

The walking path is open from 9:00 to 18:00. At Shinjuku Gyoen, it is recommended to bring in the famous takeout gourmet of Shinjuku and enjoy it in nature.

Shinjuku Gyoen is closed every Monday. If Monday is a public holiday, the next day will be closed. From March 25th to April 24th and November 1st to November 15th, it is a special opening period, and it is also open on Mondays.

Entrance fee for Shinjuku Gyoen is 500 yen

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

The entrance fee for “Shinjuku Gyoen” has been revised from March 19, 2019. The general price is 500 yen (the same applies below tax included). It is 250 yen for those over 65 years old. However, you will need to show your ID. High school students and above are required to present an ID for 250 yen. Junior high school students and younger are free. Shinjuku Gyoen has an annual passport. Adults are 2000 yen, and high school students are 1000 yen.

Access to Shinjuku Gyoen

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

It is a very large “Shinjuku Gyoen”. There are three entrances to access and enter Shinjuku Gyoen. First of all, there are “Shinjuku Gate” in the direction of Shinjuku Station where there are many passengers, “Okidomon” and “Sendagaya Gate”. Each gate has different access stations. Introduce how to access each gate.

Shinjuku Gate

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

Access to Shinjuku Gate is the entrance to Shinjuku Station where there are many passengers. The general route is to get out of the south exit of Shinjuku Station and go straight to Shinjuku Gyoen in about 10 minutes.

Shinjuku Gyoen has been inspecting luggage since March 25, 2017. For this reason, the entrance may be checked for luggage, and the entrance may not go smoothly. Still, access from Shinjuku Station is an excellent entrance.

As an access method, it is about a 10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station South Exit including JR. It is about a 5-minute walk from Shinjuku Gyoen Station Exit 1 on the Tokyo Subway (Tokyo Metro) Marunouchi Line. It is about 5 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Sanchome Station.

“Okidomon”

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

It is “Okitomon” named after Okido on the Koshu Highway that was established in Yotsuya in the Edo period. There are large gate pillars on the left and right, and Shinjuku Gyoen is written on a large wooden sign.

There is a parking lot for Shinjuku Gyoen next to “Okitomon”, so when you go to Shinjuku Gyoen by car, Okidomon is recommended.

To get to “Okitomon”, go out from Exit 2 of “Shinjuku Gyoenmae Station” on the subway, cross the front pedestrian crossing, turn left, and follow the road. If you walk about a minute, you will reach “Okitomon”.

“Sendagaya Gate”

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

“Sendagayamon” is a calm and majestic entrance where you can feel the style. There are two large stone gate pillars on the left and right. The Sendagaya Gate is not crowded at the entrance.

JR Sendagaya Station is the nearest station for access to Sendagaya Gate. Exit Sendagaya Station and go straight on your right. Turn right on the right corner, pass through the overpass of the expressway, and continue along the road, and you will see the Sendagaya Gate on the right in about 5 minutes.

Access to Shinjuku Gyoen by car

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

If you want to access Shinjuku Gyoen by car, there is a parking lot that can be parked for about 200 cars. It is very convenient to stop 200 cars in the city center and in Shinjuku, but it seems to fill up quickly on the day and time.

Shinjuku Gyoen is located in Shinjuku with good access. You can enjoy Shinjuku Gyoen at any of the three entrances. The best access method seems to be to choose the best entrance for the convenience of visitors to Shinjuku Gyoen.

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen
A parking lot recommended for accessing the vast “ Shinjuku Gyoen ” across the Shinjuku and Shibuya wards in Tokyo by car …

History of Shinjuku Gyoen

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen is said to have started in the early Edo era when Mr. Naito Natoyo, who served in Ieyasu from the Hamamatsu era, worshiped this area from Ieyasu Tokugawa.

In the Meiji era, in 1872, the Meiji government became the Naito Shinjuku Experiment Station for the purpose of promoting agriculture, became the Ministry of Finance, and research and improvement of livestock and horticulture were conducted.

In May 1879 (Meiji 12), it became a royal estate. It is a plant treat for Miyauchi Prefecture. Cedar and plane tree are imported and planted.

In 1906, a Western-style garden designed by French designer H. Martinet was completed, and at that time it was renamed the same name as Shinjuku Gyoen and opened.

In April 1917, it was the predecessor of the present “Sakura no Kaikai”. The first cherry blossom viewing party was held.

“National Park” under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Environment

cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen

The Shinjuku Gyoen facility was almost completely burned down in the end of the Pacific War, in May 1945, after an air raid. After the end of the war, it was transferred to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, and from 1949, it became a national park and opened to the public.

Shinjuku Gyoen is currently popular with many people as a “national park” under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Environment. It has become popular with foreign tourists.