Festivals & Events
Shinjuku Gyoen Cherry Blossoms 新宿御苑の桜
The best hanami spot in Tokyo
During April, Tokyo is carpeted with soft pink cherry blossoms, and there's no shortage of hanami sites dotted throughout the city. Shinjuku's popular Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the best spots in all of Tokyo to soak up the vibrant spring atmosphere.
- Seeing the winter cherry blossoms in February
- Enjoying a picnic in the peaceful park
- Seeing the new leaves with a carpet of petals all around
How to Get There
Shinjuku Gyoen can be easily accessed by foot from Shinjuku, Sendagaya, or Shinjuku Gyoen Mae stations.
The closest exit of Shinjuku Station is the southeast exit. From here it takes about 10 minutes.
Diversity is the secret
Hanami season is usually short and difficult to predict. In Shinjuku Gyoen , this isn't the case. With over 65 varieties of trees, the blooming season seems to last for ages.
The sakura range from the kanzakura (winter cherry) that bloom in February, somei (Yoshino cherry) which blossom in early April, to the Baigoji Juzukakezakura (cherries of Baigo-ji Temple) and Kanzan in late April.
A more relaxing experience
Take a break from the bustling of other parks throughout the city in Shinjuku Gyoen . Smoking and alcohol are banned; this coupled with a small entrance fee means smaller crowds and a more relaxed atmosphere overall.
The best timing
While any time during the long blooming season here is lovely, if you can, aim for mid-April. While the somei trees are sprouting leaves, the carpet of petals dotting the lawn and covering the ponds is a sight to behold.