We discovered the amazing Shinjuku Gyeon this afternoon. This beautifully landscaped park, just a few minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Shinjuku, is an oasis of calm and greenery.
We were also delighted to find that the annual chrysanthemum display was taking place.
This, believe it or not, is just one plant.
The hundreds of flowers are teased and shaped using a unique technique to produce this remarkable display.
The Ichimonji and Kudmono-giku bed was a spectacular display of these two flower varieties.
The final flower bed on the route through the park is the Ogiku bed. 311 large flowered Chrysanthemums are planted in diagonal stripes. This style named Tazuna-ue is a speciality of the Shinjuku Gyoen.
The display is on until Nov 15. So hurry on down to Shinjuku Gyeon. The entry fee is only 200 Yen and the park is open from 9:00 until 16:30 (Last entry at 16:00). There are three entrance gates the Shinjuku gate is about 10 minutes walk from Shinjuku station.
For those of you unable to get to Tokyo to see it, the New York Botanical garden has a very similar display running until Nov 18th.