Shinjuku Gyoen: Home of Late-blooming Sakura
Tokyo boasts innumerable picturesque Japanese gardens and parks which are indeed stunning all on their own, and with the pink cherry blossoms covering it, oh well.. it takes you to a whole new level. Konnichiwa! Welcome back to Tokyo! I promised myself that I’ll definitely be back on spring time, yes, I made it! lol But this post is nothing but few weeks older? Errr. Actually, I was bogged down for weeks due to some viral infection when I came back from Japan. What a pity! But thank heavens though, I’m getting slightly better now. Yeyy! And that means, getting back on track here. I’ll be having a series of post about my recent Tokyo trip. And first on the list, Shinjuko Gyoen National Garden. Visited Shinjuku Gyoen the second time around, and oh dear, it was as lovely as the first time I came last year. Lucky to have spent spring time in Japan for 2 consecutive years now. And I won’t get tired of coming back though, I swear!Ooops! And then there’s me enjoying the sakura rain. lol!Whenever I hear the word sakura, or cherry blossom the next thing comes to mind is hanami, the famous word hana means “flower” and mi is “to look” or simply Cherry blossom viewing. Who would want to miss such lovely sight? The Hanami season starts from late March to mid April and is for many Japanese the best time of the year. Even tourists flock to witness the sakura bloom in different parts of Japan.In spring, Shinjuku Gyoen becomes one of the best places in the city to see cherry blossoms and it is one of Tokyo’s largest and perhaps most beautiful park. Entrance to Shinjuku Gyoen is 200 yen (2.5Sgd/88Php). The paid park’s spacious lawns, meandering walking paths and tranquil scenery provide a relaxing escape from the busy urban center around it.Undoubtedly one of the best places to see cherry blossom in Tokyo. Home to over one thousand cherry trees of both early- and late-blooming varieties, meaning that the cherry blossom season here lasts longer than elsewhere in the city. Trust me. Last year, I went around 1st week of April, goshh! everywhere is pink and all in full bloom. So beautiful! This time though, I was a bit late for the usual peak of sakura bloom, it was already 3rd week of April that time so I wasn’t really expecting much like before but I was surprised to see that there were still many cherry blossom. There were those white ones too! I felt I wasn’t late for spring. haha!And since I have taken a bunch of snaps, forgive me, I just can’t resist! lol
When you visit Tokyo, never miss to visit Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden especially during Spring and Autumn.
How to get there:
Shinjuku Gate is roughly a 20 minute walk east from the “New South Exit” of JR Shinjuku Station. However, we were quite lazy to walk that time, so we took a cab from JR Shinjuku station which cost around 600yen (7Sgd/250Php) and reached in 5mins. lol!