Believing in Shinjuku Gyoen

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn

And Audrey Hepburn said that very well. Gardens always give this sense of hope for the future. It gives this feeling that better days are ahead. No matter what situation you’re in, it’s always good to reflect about it in a garden. It just makes one feel relaxed, peaceful and at ease. This huge garden in Shinjuku and Shibuya has been in existence since 1772. With three major gardens, namely, Japanese Traditional Garden, French Formal Garden and English Landscape Garden, I was able to take a good walk through all these. Join me on my photo-filled walk on this beautiful garden. 😉

Mother and Child’s Forest
And this was where I got a little lost. Or probably scared. It is a small forest. I was wary of creatures suddenly surprising me and making me shriek like a mad woman. Luckily, no surprises here. Just a relaxing walk in all that green and brown setting.

Japanese Traditional Garden
One could lie on the greens here for hours. Either through long chats or for short naps, people here just seemed relaxed and having an all good time. Its manicured lawns provide for such moments.

Shinjuku Gyoen Greenhouse
And it was really warm inside here. This houses an array of plants that would astound anyone.

French Formal Garden
This was a long walk to where we were. I almost thought that we wouldn’t locate this. We got hungry along the way, and was looking for a filling meal. All the stands would normally just serve snacks because you can bring some meals here. While looking for a place to eat, we stumbled upon this beautiful styled garden. I couldn’t help but take photos of the different colored roses here. 🙂

Time to eat! 😛
I wasn’t able to take a full photo of the English Landscape Garden. It was probably the whole expanse of the garden where most events take place. Some of my “unlabeled” photos could have very well captured that. During our visit, there were multiple events going on that are mostly catered to kids. A couple of food stalls were there, and we chose this Hawaiian inspired one. Their food was good and really filling. We dined on a wooden bench, and I must say, the experience was just fun. Imagine you’re just out, breathing in fresh air, and having delicious food. Ah…this is the life. 😀

Time to bid this place au revoir. It was relaxing to just be here. With the perfect weather, it’s a good place to end one’s tiring day here.

Shinjuku Gyoen
11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku,
Tokyo 160-0014, Japan
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