Cherry blossoms 2020
Late March – late April 2020
Temporary Closure from 27 March until further notice
*as a preventative measure against COVID-19
Shinjuku gyoen is a national garden originally created as an imperial garden during the Meiji Era in the early 1900s.
The garden has ponds, streams and open grounds, as well as three sections manicured as Japanese, English and French-style gardens respectively.
This spacious estate of 58.3 ha (about 144 acres) is also known as one of the best “o-hanami” (cherry-blossom viewing) spots in the metropolis.
Cherry blossoms 2020 at Shinjuku gyoen
What is so great about Shinjuku-gyoen is the sheer variety of cherry trees found in the garden.
The estate has some 1,100 cherry trees belonging to 65 species – 400 trees of somei-yoshino, 500 trees of yae-zakura (double-flower cherry) varieties and the rest of various species.
They come in bloom gloriously one after another, over a one-month period, adorning the garden.
When to see cherry blossoms at Shinjuku gyoen
The period for cherry-blossom viewing at Shinjuku gyoen is usually from the end of March through the end of April, during which the garden will be open every day (beyond that period, it closes on Mondays).
But peak bloom always depends on the weather.
For the year 2020, an earlier blossom by a week or so than the average year is forecasted for the greater Tokyo region. This forecast is for the somei-yoshino species and as of early January.
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