Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a must-visit attraction for anyone traveling to Tokyo, Japan. This beautiful garden boasts stunning landscapes, picturesque cherry blossom trees, and a rich history that dates back centuries. As a former imperial garden, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a testament to Japan’s cultural heritage and a popular spot for both tourists and locals alike.

The history of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden can be traced back to the Edo period when the site was initially used as a mansion for the Naito family. However, during the Meiji Restoration, the land was transferred to the Imperial Family, and the garden was transformed into an imperial garden. During the Second World War, the garden was damaged by Allied bombings, but it was restored and reopened in 1949.

One of the highlights of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is its three distinct garden styles: traditional Japanese, French Formal, and English Landscape. The traditional Japanese garden features a serene pond, a teahouse, and a pavilion, while the French Formal garden boasts neatly trimmed hedges and elaborate fountains. In contrast, the English Landscape garden offers a more naturalistic design with rolling hills and a large open space.

Another feature that draws tourists to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is the cherry blossom trees. Every spring, the garden comes alive with a sea of pink and white blossoms, attracting thousands of visitors who come to witness the beauty of the blooming flowers. Apart from cherry blossoms, the garden is home to various other plants and trees, including azaleas, maple trees, and plum trees.

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