lies on the Marunouchi Line in Shinjuku
Ward of Tokyo. It is located two
stations to the east of Shinjuku
Station, the busiest train station
in the world.
Shinjuku Gyoen National
Only a 5 minute walk from Shinjuku-gyoemmae
Station is Shinjuku Gyoen National
Garden, one of Tokyo's largest parks
and one of the most popular places
for viewing cherry blossoms in spring.
Now under the jurisdiction of the
Ministry of the Environment, Shinjuku
Gyoen was originally a residence
of the Naito family in the Edo period.
It later came under the management
of the Imperial Household Agency
of Japan before coming under the
Ministry's jurisdiction and opening
to the public in 1949.
A meandering idyll of peace and
quiet, Shinjuku Gyoen is a beautiful
blend of three distinct styles -
French Formal, English Landscape
and Japanese traditional. The large
gardens cover an area of 58.3 hectares
with a circumference of 3.5 km,
and have over 20,000 trees. There
are over 1,700 tropical and subtropical
plant species in the greenhouse.
A traditional Japanese tea house
can also be found within the gardens.