Friday, August 8, 2014

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

What does one do on a hot August day in Tokyo? The only answer I could think of was to visit Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. And, here we are at the entrance.

Only 200 yen to enter the Garden and soon we are enjoying the shade of these tall trees.

While this is called a garden, in my mind it is really a park, and it's a huge one at that.

One of several ponds in the garden.

The path takes us from one pond to another.

I can see why there is an entrance fee, it must take a lot to keep this place maintained as well as it is.

Off in the distance a reminder that the garden is surrounded by the sprawling mega metropolis of Tokyo.

These ponds are inhabited by carp and turtles.

This structure with a nice view also gives us some temporary relief from the blazing sun.

After a short break we press on regardless of the heat.

Fortunately we are soon back in the shade of a row of trees.

And yet another pond. Like I said, this garden is huge.

The love of my life!

After walking for about an hour we are back where we started.

 All to soon we are enveloped by the concrete jungle of Shinjuku.

Parasols are a common sight this time of year.

It seems that even a parasol cannot bring enough relief from the sun for this young lady.

Well, here we are at the JR Shinjuku train station and we're headed home!
All images taken with a Panasonic Lumix GX7 camera with 15mm Summilux lens attached.

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