Shinjuku Gyoen is another popular Tokyo Hanami destination. It is a large park with three garden types: a traditional Japanese garden, an English landscape garden and a symmetrical arranged French garden. It would take an estimated hour and a half to fully cover the gardens.
When I got there, there were already people enjoying the blossoms. People were picnicking on the wide lawns and a few were even painting pictures. The Shinjuku skyscrapers could be seen beyond the cherry blossoms, and it made for a pleasant view, instead of harming the landscape scene. Too bad the weather wasn’t the greatest…
A lot of people also had there cameras out, though, most of them with huge lenses and heavy-duty tripods. Unlike the other parks, there was a lack of crowds on that day I went. Although there were a lot of people, it was less than I anticipated.
After the cherry blossoms, I expect the garden will be covered in other blooms. The closest station is probably Shinjuku-gyoenmae. But there are exits to Sendagaya and Shinjuku, too.