It’s hard to believe that this beautiful expanse of land sits in the middle of the largest metropolitan area in the world, just a few blocks away from the busiest train station in the world, the Shinjuku Station handling over 3,000,000 commuters a DAY!
The Gyoen was a large plot of land bequeathed to the shogun Lord Naito during the Edo Period. It became an Imperial Garden in 1879 and most of the current configuration was completed by 1906. As with most of Tokyo, it was completely destroyed by Allied bombing during the war. It reopened to the public for the first time in 1949. Shinjuku Gyoen is a favorite setting for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) and attracts large crowds in the short springtime season that the cherry trees are blooming.