Day two in Japan
20th Apr 2017
Feeling fully acclimatised and after a decent coffee we ventured to Shinjuku Gyoen (Gardens and Glasshouse) this morning. I think any green space or garden in Japan is the place to be at the moment – whilst the cherry blossoms are out. The Japanese celebrate the trees and the beginning of spring, they call it Hanami Festival.
Wondering around the gardens there are an impressive number of different cherry trees within the park with over a dozen varieties and more than 400 individual trees.
Shinjuku Gyoen was created during the Edo Period (1603-1867) as a feudal lord's Tokyo residence. Years later it was converted into a botanical garden before being transferred to the Imperial Family in 1903 - they used it for entertainment of guests. The park was almost completely destroyed during World War II, but was eventually rebuilt and reopened in 1949 as a public park. It is now one of the largest parks in Tokyo.
The glasshouse features several different zones… it is home to 1,700 different tropical and subtropical species and A WATERFALL! We especially liked the cacti and the many, enormous and beautiful orchids!
Other highlights within the garden include an English landscape garden, a huge lake and a formal French, symmetrical garden. Plus lots of beautiful Chaenomeles which were almost as popular as the cherry trees! Take a look at our pics...