Shinjuku Gyoen was founded in the 18th century. It was originally a residence of the Naito family in the Edo period.
It has gardens, woods, a large and picturesque pond, and hundreds of cherry trees (sakura) which make Shinjuku Gyoen one of Tokyo’s most popular cherry blossom viewing venues in early April.
The garden, which is 58.3 hectares in area, blends three distinct styles: a French Formal and English Landscape in the north and to the south a Japanese traditional. A traditional Japanese tea house can be found within the gardens.