One place that I really wanted to visit in Tokyo was Shinjuku Gyoen. My parents had seemed really impressed with it when they visited in the spring to see the cherry blossoms there, and I kind of regretted missing out on it when I was studying abroad in Tokyo. Besides the cherry blossoms, they’d sounded the most impressed with the fact that there was such a large and beautiful park in the middle of a big city like Tokyo. I didn’t really realize what they meant until I went there, though. It really is huge 0_0 Here’s what it will look like if you go there September in the rain!
[Pictures taken September 25, 2013]
This park is divided into different precincts, such as Japanese Traditional Garden, English Landscape Garden, and French Formal Garden. We went to all of these.
We explored the park by going through the “Mother and Child’s Forest” on the lower-right part of the map (I think) and (I think) it was via the path in the first picture. It’s a huge park…
The “Mother and Child’s Forest” route lead us to the Japanese Traditional Garden portion of the park.
We walked around the Japanese part of the garden until we reached the building that’s in a lot of pictures of this park online. According to Japantourist, it was a donation from the Taiwanese community to commemorate crown prince Hirohito’s wedding in 1927.
We couldn’t get any closer than the picture above because all the paths were closed. I don’t know if it’s always blocked so you can’t go inside, but it’s still cool from a distance.
We headed through the English Landscape Garden next. This park is massive. It’s unbelievable to have a park this big in Tokyo. It’s like visiting multiple parks all in a row. I think you could get tired if you walked the whole thing. We went to three main places, but there are places like the greenhouse that we left unexplored.
Even though it’s so big, I was able to keep my bearings and remember where we were during our walk. There are maps and signs along the way to help you.
Getting near the French Formal Garden… (on the right)
At this point, we looped back around toward the entrance.
Even though this trip wasn’t planned with the seasons in mind, there were still flowers blooming for us!
We headed back to the station via a colorful street in Shinjuku. I thought it seemed like a nice area.
Shinjuku Gyoen is a wonderful park. My friend and I had a good time there, and it would definitely be fun to go back and see it during different seasons, too.
Song of the Day: JUJU feat. JAY-ED, 「明日がくるなら」 (If Tomorrow Comes)
*Note: This was posted 10/12/2013 at 3:17pm. Saving as a draft messed up my dates, but I’ll fix it later after my subscribers have had a change to read it (so it doesn’t mess up the link). Thanks!^^;;