This text is for those who watched the Makoto Shinkai’s movie “Garden of Words” (Kotonoha no Niwa) and was intrigued by the setting of the film.
Makoto Shinkai is famous for his films with realistic scenarios and full details, including Japan’s actual locations.
In “Garden of Words”, the main character takes advantage of rainy days for skipping school and staying in the park. There, he meets a mysterious woman who spends the day doing nothing and the two eventually develop a kind of friendship. In a strange way, they get a strange connection.
The real park is the “Shinjuku Gyoen”, Tokyo famous park.
And in fact, the scene portrayed in the film is faithful to the original, including the banks in which the two protagonists meet.
The park was originally an imperial garden and could not be visited by the general public. Today it is open to the public through an entrance fee.
And, indeed, it is one of the most beautiful parks in Tokyo.
It has a small botanical garden, large areas with cherry trees (sakura), Japanese garden and a garden of French style. All meticulously cared for.
For anyone who is in Tokyo (or intend to go), it is worth a visit, especially at the time of Hanami (flowering cherry trees that occurs between late March and mid-April).
It is worth also see Makoto Shinkai films, including Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa); 5 Centimeters per Second; and Children Who Chase Lost Voices (Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo).