Photographing Shinjuku Gyoen Park
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Monday, November 12, 2018
By Japan Dreamscapes
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Photographing Shinjuku Gyoen Park is woefully undervalued.  Too often visitors frequent Tokyo photo tour spots such as: Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Tower, or Tokyo’s main station.  All of these places yield excellent photographs, but they are strictly on the beaten path.  Japan Dreamscapes (JDS) Photo Tour Leaders will introduce you to some photographic treasures nestled among the common destinations.


Gyoen Park’s origins date back to the Edo Period where it used to be a samurai residence, but it was later awarded to the Imperial Family that used it for entertaining guests and foreign visitors to Tokyo.  Upon seeing the peaceful scenery and open fields that comprise the park’s area, you will understand why it was so often used for entertainment.


The park demonstrates its most striking features during two seasons, fall and spring.  In the fall, the sheer amount of autumn leaves that are available to photograph make this park a must see location for photo ops of a lifetime.  Being host to many different varieties of trees, Shinjuku Gyoen Park boasts a magnificent quilt of different shades of red, gold, orange, and few hints of green.  Everywhere you turn in the park, you will have an opportunity to witness the natural glory of the park.  In spring, the different types of sakura, or cherry trees, blossom and subtly different times, so with your camera, you can capture cherry blossoms at many distinct stages in one photograph.  


When you visit dictates what sights you will be able to behold, and your JDS Photo Workshop Leader will take you to the best locations in the park to help you take a gallery worthy photo with every shot!

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