Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku / TOKYO

Shinjuku Gyoen's gardens are fit for an Emperor.   They were the Emperor's private park until the end of WWII when the Americans encouraged Japan's royal family to relinquish a few of their expansive properties for the public good. The gardens were designed in 1906 at the height of Emperor Meiji's power.    The Meiji-era was a time of rapid industrialization and westernization in Japan.
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