Sample Itineraries

01

Experience Nature in the City!
A Walking Itinerary

Shinjuku is one of the busiest urban centers in the world, with people from every corner of the globe. Even so, there are places here that are so tranquil that you may forget you are in the big city. This itinerary will introduce you to some places with great natural beauty that are within walking distance of Shinjuku Station.

—Start at the Shinjuku Station West Exit at noon —

Time cost:
3 hours

1

Shinjuku Chuo Park

The largest public park in Shinjuku, Shinjuku Chuo Park is located amist an area of high-rise buildings, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Among the greenery that fills the park are kohigan zakura (prunus subhirtella) cherry blossom trees and azaleas. There are also flea markets and other events, and a splash pool called Jabujabu-Ike is a popular place for the kids. Joggers flock here to enjoy the two running routes in the park.



A well-known destination for those seeking success in competitions, Shinjuku 12so Kumano Jinja is a shrine tucked away in Shinjuku Chuo Park. There are numerous sites of historial importance in the park, as well as tons of flora and fauna.

Location information

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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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden features three garden styles: a Japanese traditional garden, an English landscape garden and a formal French garden. There are about 10,000 planted trees on the grounds, and nature can be enjoyed throughout the seasons. With the high-rise buildings of West Shinjuku in the background, this is indeed an urban oasis.
In addition to marvelous gardens, Shinjuku Gyoen National Park has other features such as a greenhouse. Opened in 2012 after a renovation project, the greenhouse offers a variety of rare plants that can be enjoyed regardless of the season.

Location information

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)
· Restaurants (Restaruant Yurinoki, Café Hananoki) 9:00–16…

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Shiki no Michi – Four Seasons Pathway

This promenade was created from a former Tokyo Toden tram route. Despite being adjacent to the lively Kabukicho area, this walkway is surprisingly tranquil.



4

Hanazono Jinja Shrine

Located near Shiki no Michi and right in the busy part of town, Hanazono Jinja Shrine has watched over the development of Shinjuku and protected people since the Edo period. As the shrine is widely believed to bring good success in the world of entertainment, it is visited yearly by many entertainers. It is not generally known how beautifully the bright vermillion color of the shrine combines with the pink of cherry blossoms, making this a well-kept secret during the cherry blossom viewing season.
The Tori no Ichi Festival, held each November, is an extremely popular affair in which people gather to the shrine grounds to purchase a rake, which is believed to bring commercial success. If you are interested in attending a traditional Japanese festival, this is an excellent choice.

Location information

Hanazono Shrine

This shrine in Shinjuku has drawn the faithful since before the establishment of the Edo shogunate by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603 and continues to be cherished as an urban oasis to this day. The vivid ver…

Address
5-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0222
Telephone number
03-3209- 5265
URL
http://www.hanazono-jinja.or.jp/mt/top/
Hours of operation
· Prayers 9:30–16:30
· Office 8:00–20:00

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