Yesterday Adam and I decided to take the train to Shinjuku and explore around that district. Shinjuku is not far from Koenji, where we are staying. You jump on the local train and we are only 3 stops away. One of the places we wanted to visit while in Shinjuku was the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. This garden is very popular because you are able to see the beautiful sakura (cherry blossom) trees blooming in spring.
The garden was first built as an imperial garden for Lord Naito and it was first completed in 1906, but after WWII the garden was redesigned as a National Garden. You will be able to find 3 different style gardens here, a French garden, an English garden and a Traditional Japanese garden. They also have a really big Green House. Although Adam and I did not go into the green house, because it was really humid while we were at the garden that we figured going into a green house might not be the best of ideas.
Admission to the park is very affordable. It’s 200¥ (about $2 USD) per person. We brought in our bento boxes and had a nice little picnic at the garden. I really enjoyed our time there. You can see people of all ages relaxing and enjoying the scenery. It’s a really great place to go and hang out. There is also a little cafe in the garden where you can purchase snacks and ice-cream.