Tokyo Day 7 Part 2 — Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Previously, we took in the sights of Shinjuku (Tokyo Day 7 Part 1). We then proceeded to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden to enjoy the autumn colours.

Cheap Food in Shinjuku

It was cloudy today, and the coldest, windiest day thus far. We had a quick breakfast at a quiet McCafe (shrimp and brocolli croissant with coffee set 490 yen) and were surprised when the staff offered to clear my tray. After a week in Tokyo, we’d got used to separating our plastic and paper trash ourselves. ^_^

McDonald’s McCafe menu, from top (the numbers you see are the prices in yen):
Dripped coffee(hot 180 yen, iced small 210 yen), hot espresso, iced coffee/frappe, hot tea, iced tea, soft drinks, set meals, soups, croissants, rolls, pies, baked goods (butter costs 20yen, kids combo 390yen), desserts(last two rows).

McDonald\'s McCafe menu in Tokyo

Sushi at a nearby restaurant. 50-400yen

Sushi menu at a restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Wendy’s hamburger fast food chain.

Wendy\'s fast-food restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo

A closeup of what’s 105 yen at Wendy’s.

105 yen hamburgers at Wendy\'s, Tokyo

Fan Asian Dining. Lunch curry buffet, all you can eat in 90 minutes,  880 yen. A buffet is also known as “viking” here. If you eat a lot, the lunch-time viking here is a very reasonably-priced option.

Fan Asian Dining restaurant in Shinjuku Tokyo, Lunch Curry Buffet at 880yen

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

We visited Shinjuku Gyoen, a huge and beautiful park. The admission fee is 200 yen and it opens from 9am to 4:00pm.

Shinjuku Gyoen, getting your admission ticket

You may ask for a copy of the map for Shinjuku Gyoen in English and a few other languages at the booth on the right.

Entrance to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

The met office predicted showers yesterday and today but thankfully it did not rain. The strong winds, however, were making the perceived temperature a couple degrees colder. Nothing can distract us from the beauty of the place.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden - lake, green, red, yellow autumn leaves

Did someone say momiji? Japanese Maple leaves had turned reddish orange near the entrance.

Red Japanese smooth maple leaves (momiji) in autumn at Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo, Japan

A brown carpet of fallen autumn leaves.

Shinjuku Gyoen - a carpet of brown autumn leaves

Looks like a scene from a movie?

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden park bench

The park was delightfully vast and stunning in its brown and red autumn wear.

Autumn colours in Shinjuku Gyoen National Park, Tokyo, Japan

Kouyou (autumn foliage) seekers will have a field day here – take your pick from a buffet of red, orange, yellow, green fall colors.

Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo, Japan autumn leaves - red, yellow, green (momiji/kouyou)

Simply beautiful. ^_^

Yellow leaves, autumn forest, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

This tree must be old, the branches and trunk needed some help.

Covered tree in Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo, Japan

We spent 3 hours walking around Shinjuku Gyoen, after which we visited Gothic Lolita clothes heaven Marui Young Shinjuku (Tokyo Day 7 Part 3)

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