Tokyo is an urban city, there are such city like Shibuya and Shinjuku. Did you know that there are places that you can be surrounded by flower, green, and beautiful sunlights in Tokyo?
Today I will introduce 2 major parks in Tokyo, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Hama-rikyu Garden.

1. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

From Wikipedia

It is about 10 minutes walk from Shinjuku station. You will not believe that you are in Shinjuku, when you see the beautiful seasonal views. Especially, red and yellow leaves in the autumn and sakura (Cherry blossom) trees in spring are amazing. In sakura season, many people visit this garden to enjoy “Ohana-mi” (It’s an annual event in Japan, eating and drinking as you see sakura flowers).

Buy sandwiches and bento-box from near store, take a nap. Walking and shopping around Shinjuku is fun, but feeling the breathe of nature in the center of Tokyo is definitely a nice experience as well.

There are also Tea House and you can try to participate in a tea ceremony. How about taking a rest before you go shopping, or grab a drink in Golden Gai?

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Address: 11 Naito-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Hours: 9:00 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00)

Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 29 to January 3.

Fees: Adults(15+) 300yen/ Kids 30yen/ Kids under kinder garden is free.

Please refer to the website for the latest information.

2. Hama-rikyu Garden

From Wikipedia

Hama-rikyu Garden is located where it is about 7 minutes walk from Tsukijishijou station. Hama-rikyu is a very historical garden, there are Japanese style gardens and architectures such as restored tea house, all of them are old but still beautiful. Hama-rikyu is one of few places that you can feel history and nature together.

It is also located near to Ryogoku, where the sumo wrestling is involved. You can stop by the garden after you see the Tsukiji Fish Market in the morning.

Hama-rikyu Garden

Address: 1-1 Hama-rikyu garden, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00

Closed: New year holidays

Fees: 300yen

Please refer to the website for the latest information.


Thumbnail image is from Wikipedia