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Shinjuku Gyoen Greenhouse

Since I started living in Japan, it gradually dawned on me that there are almost no days with perfect weather here. This year it was cold until late April and then in May we had midsummer heat. Now it is the beginning of July and we are having a full-blown rainy season and a perfect time for visiting the greenhouse of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. The first greenhouse was constructed there in 1892 and has been remodeled a couple of times since then.

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It is always cozy and warm enough inside.

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A real paradise with tropical and subtropical flowers, bananas and even a cacao tree (formally known as Theobroma cacao)! We can’t see any actual fruit on the tree, but there is one under it.

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The fruit of cacao trees are usually yellow, orange, red or green. They are called cacao pods and contain cocoa beans, used for making chocolate. There are typically 20 – 60 cocoa beans in each pod.

The orchid exhibition is stunning as usual!

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I will not bore you with the names of all these graceful, colorful flowers. The most common kinds of orchids are Phalaenopsis, Cattleya (the corsage orchid), Dendrobium and intergeneric (different genera of orchids crossed together) orchids.

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (新宿御苑)
Address: Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Naitocho 11
Access: Shinjuku-Gyoemmae station (2 min. walk), Shinjuku station (5 min. walk)
Open: 9:30 – 16:00
Closed on Mondays
Admission fee: adults 200 yen, elementary and junior high school students – 50 yen, infants – free of charge
Distance to airport: About 18 km from Haneda Airport

Article by Olga Kaneda

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