Spring is a wonderful time to visit Shinjuku Gyoen. In the early spring, the plum blossoms herald the beginning of the season in deep pink. The park boasts about 65 varieties of cherry blossoms with nearly 1,100 trees spread throughout the park. Also worth seeing are the large flowers of the great magnolia tree.
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For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan.