The Garden of Words- Shinjuku Gyoen
Have you seen Makoto Shinkai’s famous anime movie, The Garden of Words?
This 2013 animated drama is widely considered to be one of the best anime movies of the decade. Every second of the movie is a breathtaking artwork. I am struggling to put into words how much I love it! The relationship between the main characters 15-year-old Takao and 27-year-old Yukino was very pure and beautiful. Whether you love this movie as much as I do, or just want to visit a beautiful park, you should definitely visit the real Garden of Words in Tokyo!
Yes, the garden in the movie is actually real, and its name is Shinjuku Gyoen.
Shinjuku Gyoen is located in the center of Tokyo, right next to the busiest area, Shinjuku. It was constructed during the Edo Period (1603-1867) and was then transferred to the imperial family. Now it is open to the public, and has become a popular spot for dating and family gathering in Tokyo. It is a 20 minute walk from Shinjuku Station, or can be easily accessed from Shinjukugyoen-mae station on Marunouchi subway line.
The garden has three parts -a traditional Japanese landscape garden,a formal French garden, and an English landscape garden.The Japanese landscape garden is my personal favorite.
There is also a greenroom inside the garden with huge variety of plants. I really love the lilypads there.
What so amazing about Shinjuku Gyoen is that it is different but yet beautiful in all four seasons. It is a popular place to view cherry blossoms in spring, and red leaves in fall.
For fans of The Garden of Words, the upcoming rainy season is when the movie is set, so you will be able to experience the scenes from the movie!
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