Right in the heart of downtown Tokyo is Shinjuku Gyoen: a large park that spans 58.3 hectares in area, once reserved for royalty.
The park was originally built in 1906, but destroyed in 1945 during World War II, and then rebuilt and opened to the public.
The gardens are vast and boast a vast array of trees and flowers, blending three distinct styles: French Formal, English Landscape and Japanese traditional.
A Japanese tea house can also be found within the gardens. It is hard to imagine you are in the centre of the world's second-most populous city as the gardens are so vast and peaceful.
Find out more about Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
I moved to Japan in late 2007 and lived in the beautiful mountainous setting of Nagano-ken for two very fun years. Although the scenery in Nagano was stunning and the snowboarding conditions second to none, I decided to try life in the fast lane and moved to Tokyo in 2009. I have been in Tokyo si...