Shinjuku Gyo-En (5/20)

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The park blends three distinct styles: French Formal Garden, English Landscape Garden, and Japanese Traditional Garden. It is considered to be one of the most important gardens from the Meiji era. Landmarks are stunning and impossible to forget, like a Taiwan Pavilion perched along a serene pond.

Shinjuku Gyoen was constructed on the site of a private mansion belonging to Lord Naito, a feudal lord of the Edo era. Completed in 1906 as an imperial garden, it was re-designated as a national garden after the Second World War and opened to the public. The park is easy to navigate. Maps are available in English and with directions. To make sense of the garden’s array of more than 10,000 trees, the map highlights interesting species.

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Written by James Metcalfe

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