Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑) is beautiful all year round, especially during the Sakura period. The park is one of Tokyo’s most popular Hanami (Sakura viewing) spots, but is large enough to reserve a nice spot for yourself to pick-nick under the Sakura trees. The park also has a beautiful greenhouse with many tropical plants and flowers, a Tea House, restaurants, information center and even an Art gallery.
Shinjuku Gyoen was originally build during the Edo Period (1603 – 1867) as a feudal lord’s Tokyo residence. In 1903 it became a recreation park for guests of the Imperial Family. During World War II, the park was almost completely destroyed, but was rebuilt and reopened as a public park in 1949.
Entry fee is 200 yen. The park is closed on Monday. Opened daily from 09:00 – 16:00. The greenhouse is open from 09:30 to 15:30.
Official Shinjuku Gyoen website (in English): http://www.env.go.jp/garden/shinjukugyoen/english/index.html