Shinjuku Gyoen National Park

One of the things I love about Tokyo are the many gardens and temples where one can escape the intensity of the city and retreat into a quiet sanctuary. Shinjuku Gyoen National Park is one such place. This 144 acre park located in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo, dates back the the Edo Period. It was mostly destroyed during WWII. By 1949 it had been rebuilt and was opened to the public. The park contains over 20,000 tress as well as French and English gardens, lakes, ponds, a greenhouse and much more.

We entered the garden at the Shinjuku Gate entrance and wandered through the Mother and Child Forest. This beautiful area has inviting trails for curious youngsters.

I saw some interesting shelf fungi here.

We spent the majority of our time at the Upper Pond area of the park where you will find a Tea House, bridges, trails, koi, cranes and so much more.

When theTravelersketcher paints, he always draws attention.

And the trees are magnificent.

Have you been to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden? If so, please leave a comment about you favorite things to see there.