Shinjuku Gyoen: Garden of Words

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a large park with a beautiful garden in Shibuya and Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. The garden is 28.3 hectares and is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Japan with over 20,000 trees with approximately 1,500 cherry blossom trees or Sakura(as they call it in Japan) which bloom from late March to early April. The beauty of this place is so renowned that it was used in an anime called ‘ Garden of Words’ directed by Makoto Shinkai. Similar to the anime, Shinjuku Gyoen combines three styles: English Garden, French Formal and Japan Traditional. Below you can see the real life pictures with its anime counterpart. Anime being at the top and real pictures being at the bottom.


Shinjuku Gyoen was originally a residence for one of the nobles in Japan, the Naito, family during the Edo Period (1603-1868). Later it was converted into a botanical garden before being transferred to the Imperial Family 1903 who used it for recreation and the 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 one of the most popular tourist attraction and now has proven to be one of the best to use in Japanese anime.



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