Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo: An Afternoon in Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyeon Tokyo

At 144 acres, Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the largest and most popular parks in the city of Tokyo, Japan.

Every year, visitors from around the world travel to the park to participate in hanami, which is the viewing of sakura (cherry blossom trees). The park is an extremely popular place to go in the early spring as it boasts over 1,500 sakura trees in over a dozen different varieties!

Shinjuku Gyoen

My friend Sayako and I in Shinjuku Gyoen

Accompanied by my friends Sayako and Jingwen, I headed to Shinjuku Gyoen at the end of the 2015 cherry blossom season determined to see at least a couple of trees in bloom before they all withered away.

By the time I made it to the park, many of the petals from the cherry blossoms were covering the ground in an ocean of pink. Although I had missed the peak blooming period, I was still able see a small amount of trees whose flowers were clinging to the branches for dear life.

Shinjuku Gyeon

Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen

Tokyo Shinjuku Gyoen

As the girls and I made our way around the park, I was in complete awe of it’s beauty. I did not find the park to be as tranquil to the nearby Yoyogi Park, but I find it to be much more beautiful.

Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyeon Tokyo | Cultural Xplorer

Shinjuku Gyoen Tokyo

Follow my journey through Shinjuku Gyoen as I attempt to capture the end of the cherry blossom season.

Practical Information:

Address | 11 Naito-machi, Shinjuku – (Metro) Shinjuku-gyoemmae Station

[Marunouchi Line #M10] Exit 1

Entry Fee | ‎¥200

Hours | 09:00 – 16:00 | Closed Mondays

Have you ever seen cherry blossoms before?

By |2017-07-30T01:09:55+00:00April 3rd, 2016|Tokyo|11 Comments


  1. Kelsey Apr 3, 2016 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    Ahhhh I really want to go to Tokyo! I’m super envious. You’ve taken some beautiful pictures 🙂

  2. lat maggie Apr 5, 2016 at 1:20 am - Reply

    Absolutely fantastic posting with Beautiful Pics!! It looks like an amazing place.I would like to thank you for sharing your exeperience in your post!! Thumbs up

  3. ≈ CARMEN ≈ Apr 6, 2016 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Just remarkable. I’m in awe of its beauty & I’m not even there. What a beautiful experience. :]

  4. Maddy & Mauricio Apr 11, 2016 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    This looks so lovely. Seeing the cherry blossoms in Japan is definitely on my bucket list. Great photos, too 🙂

  5. Nadeen May 8, 2016 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I would love to see the cherry blossoms in Japan! When I lived in DC that was my favorite time if year. This park is so lovely and the building does remind me of the Empire State Building!

    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer May 12, 2016 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      I hope to get there when they are in full bloom! LOL! I also want to get down to DC, I saw photographs from this year and they were stunning Nadeen 😀

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