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Wisteria Season is Coming to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Apr 11, 2019

Have you ever seen wisteria flowers? These purple flowers have been representative of Japan since long ago, and are known for their beautiful, tumbling appearance. The best time to see the flowers in Tokyo is from the end of April to early May. In this article, we will focus on the wisterias in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

There are two places to see wisterias in this gorgeous garden filled with greenery and flowers. The first is near the upper pond, where you can see the wisterias hanging over the pond in a Japanese garden setting. The reflection of the wisterias on the surface of the water is beautiful.

The other is near the Taiwan Pavilion (Kyu-Goryo-Tei). You can see these wisteria flowers up close. When you look up at these flowers, it looks like a gorgeous purple waterfall that is straight out of a dream.

Wisterias are only in bloom for a short time, so come and experience Japan’s seasonal beauty before it is too late. Cherry blossoms are not the only flowers to see in Japan – the beautiful wisterias are also flowers that you must come and see too! Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a place that you must visit at least once!

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Address: 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku-ku
Location: 10 minute walk from the South Exit of Shinjuku Station on the Odakyu Line

Hours of Operation:
March 15th-September 30th – 9:00AM-5:30PM (Garden closes at 6:00PM)
July 1st-August 20th – 9:00AM-6:30PM (Garden closes at 7:00PM)
*Special opening periods (during these periods, the park is open everyday):
March 25th-April 24th, November 1st-15th

Entrance Fee:
General admission – 500 yen (Group discount of 400 yen/person)
65 years of age and older/ Students (High School or older) – 250 yen
Children (Junior High School or younger) – Free
*Those who are 65 years of age or older or students are asked to show proof at the entrance

Annual passport:
General (including those 65 years of age and older and students) – 2,000 yen
High School Students – 1,000 yen
*Please note that you are not allowed to bring alcohol to the park and that playing with toys is forbidden (outside of the kid’s area).

For more information in English, please visit the following website: