Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden | Chrysanthemum Festival Celebration

A symbol of the imperial family, chrysanthemums are grown in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden through careful cultivation and patience. From November 1 – 15, 2018, the garden has opened up to the public two spectacular viewings for the Chrysanthemum Festival Celebration.

This particular showing is for the Meiji Celebration wherein 2018 marks 150 years since the Meiji Restoration leading Japan adapt into the modern world.

Route Exhibits

The first route takes you throughout a short walk to each station to view specific types of chrysanthemums and styles of cultivation from Kengai Beds to Ozukuri beds, visitors have a chance to see these beautiful creations up close.

Hexagon Style Flower Bed
Hexagon Style Flower Bed
Chrysanthemum Dome Flowers
Ozukuri Bed | 1 Year for 1 Root Division to produce hundreds of flowers in this dome shape
Ise, Choji, and Saga-giku Bed of Flowers
Ise, Choji, and Saga-giku Style

Tazuna-ue style
Tazuna-ue (horse bridle) style
Tending to the flowers
Chrysanthemums must be watered morning and night each day
Clap and the fish will swim to you for food
Higo-Giku bed
Higo-giku bed
Ogiku bed
Ogiku bed

Cultivation Fields

The second route which is usually never open to the public is the actual chrysanthemum cultivation fields. Here, visitors can walk up to the flowers and the perimeters to view the growth and learn more about decisions on how to grow such flowers. There is also a dedicated park guide there to help and explain for Japanese speakers.

For more information on the 150th anniversary, thediplomat has a great synopsis around the history.

Chrysanthemum Field Net
Nets set up to deter crows from picking at the flowers

Chrysanthemum Fields Up Close

Chrysanthemum sheds

Chrysanthemum fields


Getting there:

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden can be reached by subway and walking from the Shinjuku Station (10-minute walk) or from Yoyogi Station (20-minute walk) for both the JR Yamanote Lines.

Good to know:

There are three gates to enter into the garden. Two in the north and one in the south. All gates require a 200 yen ticket which can be purchased from a machine or staff. Once you receive your ticket, you can enter through the gates via the QR code provided on your ticket.

Coin lockers for 300 and 500 yen are available besides the gates if needed.

Additionally, there are plenty of restrooms (Western and Eastern style) available along with food, beverages, and gifts for sale.

There’s plenty to see in the park as well depending on the season. Check back often to see what’s on view.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Gate
Garden Gates
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Map
Garden Map


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