I was fortunate enough to visit Tokyo recently and I was totally blown away by the beauty of Tokyo’s cherry blossoms! In Tokyo, cherry blossom season usually takes place at the start of April. The cherry blossoms period really takes the beauty of Tokyo to the next level.
Flower viewing is a tradition that goes back more than a 1,000 years in Japan or even earlier. The flowers’ short beautiful lives – they only bloom for about two weeks – became a symbol of human life too. In short, celebrate life because it doesn’t last long and when it’s gone, it’s gone.
Prior to my Japan trip, I had Ueno Park listed down as one of the must-go places in Tokyo especially after reading about how it is one of Tokyo's most popular and lively cherry blossom spots. There are so many different types of cherry blossom trees in many different areas, so Ueno Park is a must visit if you are in Tokyo during the cherry blossom season.
Ueno Park is home to walking paths, lawn, rows of trees, and even the Ueno Zoo. The whole space was once part of Kaneiji Temple, a huge, wealthy, family temple. Now, the public visits it on a regular basis. The park is especially known for its cherry blossom trees, which burst into long rows of pink and white flowers when they bloom each year.
There was the multitude of little temples all around the park. You are immersed into the Japanese culture trough these temples.
I felt blessed to be able to catch Sakura trees blooming in Tokyo, Japan! They were so pretty…like snow in Spring. I couldn’t stop staring at them while walking down the pathway.
This gives tourists a three-month window of opportunity to see the flowers in full bloom and time to enjoy a traditional Japanese picnic underneath their canopy. These picnics often last well into the night and are fuelled by a combination of beer, sake and local food. That being said, you’re welcome to improvise and anyone who’s been inside a Japanese 7-11 knows how well stocked they are.
There is a nice route around the lake, lined with cherry blossom trees. You join the sanctuary by a little bridge and are surrounded by water. There, the sightseeing is composed of the buildings of the city on the other side of the lake and at the same time the traditional sanctuary. The contrast of modernity and traditionality of Japan is resumed with this small area of Ueno park.
真的很难想像当樱花雨吹来的时候，那种随风飘散的粉红花瓣有多么美! 因为都只有单株单株的零散樱花，只好都给她们独特的近拍特写啰! 老实说我到现在还是分不清楚哪一种樱花是哪一种品种? 不过不管是哪一种，对我来说除了一样美，还是一样美。
Wherever you happen to find yourself in Japan, cherry blossom season is a unique experience and one of the best photo opportunities you’ll ever come across. More Sakura viewing locations will be made available in my coming postings. So, stay tuned and bookmark this website if you are interested to know the best locations in Tokyo area for Sakura viewing!
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