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See Japan’s Beautiful Cherry Blossoms in Downtown Shinjuku!

Feb 18, 2019

When you think of spring in Japan, cherry blossoms are likely the first thing that comes to mind for many people. As one of Tokyo’s major stations is located in Shinjuku, it’s an easy spot to meet up with friends and go cherry blossom viewing!

The Classic Choice, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the most, if not the most, famous spots to see the cherry blossoms in Shinjuku. There are approximately 1,000 cherry trees in the large park, and as there are many different species the times when they bloom vary. You can enjoy the park’s cherry blossoms from early March until late April. Cherry trees are not the only draw of this gorgeous park – there is also a traditional Japanese garden, an English garden and a French garden, as well as important cultural artifacts such as a western-style rest house. Spring is the perfect time to go to Shinjuku Gyoen National Park!

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen was constructed on the site of a private mansion belonging to Lord Naito, an Edo era daimyo (feudal lord). Completed in 1906 as an imperial garden, it was re-designated as a national ga…

Address
11 Naito-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0014
Telephone number
03-3350-0151
URL
http://fng.or.jp/shinjuku/
Hours of operation
Garden opening hours · 9:00–16:00 (last entry, garden closes at 16:30)
· Greenhouse 9:30–15:30 (last entry, building closes at 16:00)
· Restau

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See the Contrast Between the Sky and the Skyscrapers at Shinjuku Chuo Park

Nestled in West Shinjuku’s business district, Shinjuku Chuo Park is an oasis in the big city and a great place to see the cherry blossoms. Seeing the pink cherry blossoms blooming in the big city is a wonderful sight. It’s not as crowded as other spots that are famous for cherry blossoms, so take a seat on the bench and take your time gazing at their beauty.

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Shinjuku Chuo Park

Shinjuku Chuo Park boasts being the largest park owned by the Shinjuku government. Surrounded by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and other high-rise buildings, this park of bountiful nature is belov…

Address
2-11-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023
Telephone number
03-3342-4509
URL
http://parks.prfj.or.jp/shinjuku/en/
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Yoyogi Park, a Spot Bustling with Activity

Photo by Dick Thomas Johnson

A bit of a walk from the South Exit of Shinjuku Station is another spot famous for cherry blossoms. This is Yoyogi Park, located close to Meiji Jingu Shrine. There is a lot of space to spread out on the grass and have a picnic – you’re sure to see a lot people with their blue tarps doing just that during the cherry blossom season!

Yoyogi Park
Address: 2-1 Yoyogi Jinen-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Entrance: Free

Sweets over Flowers! Try Cute and Delicious Cherry Blossom Inspired Treats

“Hana yori Dango” (roughly translated to “sweets over flowers”), is a common Japanese saying, so it’s no wonder that food is such an important component of Japanese culture. If asked to make the choice, many people would choose eating or drinking something tasty over seeing something beautiful. Visit the basement of the Odakyu Department Store to get a taste of Japanese sweets – during the spring many of them are sure to have a cherry blossom theme! There is a large selection available, so you are sure to find something that you like.

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Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku

This department store is conveniently linked directly to the Shinjuku Station West Exit, which boasts the highest number of passengers in Japan. From a wide lineup of popular cosmetics and luxury bran…

Address
1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Telephone number
03-3342-1111
URL
http://www.odakyu-dept.co.jp/shinjuku/
Hours of operation
10:00–20:30 Note: May vary according to the floor, day of the week and season.

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Even in Shinjuku there are plenty of places to the beautiful cherry blossoms in bloom. Cherry blossom viewing is a very popular event in Japan, so plan well before you head out.

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