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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden 「新宿御苑 / 新宿」

Shinjuku Gyoen is one of Tokyo’s largest and most visited parks. Walking distance from Shinjuku Station, the park has over 140 acres and provides the perfect escape from crazy Shinjuku around it. Shinjuku Gyoen was constructed on the site of a private mansion belonging to a feudal lord. It was later converted into a botanical garden and finally transferred to the Imperial Family at the beginning of 1900s. During WWII, the park was vastly destroyed and then rebuilt and reopened in 1949 as a public park. The Park merges three different garden styles: French Formal Garden, English Landscape Garden and Japanese Traditional Garden. Among the 20,000 trees which grow in Shinjuku Gyoen, there are the first examples planted in Japan such plants as tulip trees, planes, Himalayan cedars and bald cypresses. In spring (late March and early April) Shinjuku Gyoen becomes one of the best places in the city to see cherry blossoms. The beautiful English Landscape Garden… The traditional Japanese garden within the Park, with large ponds, bridges and manicured trees. The pavilion is the Kyu Goryotei (also called the Taiwan Pavilion),  built for the wedding of the Showa Emperor. …