Sakura_by Yoshikazu TAKADA https://www.flickr.com/photos/34530295@N06/26123257756/
Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are beloved by the Japanese people.
Hanami at Ueno Park 2013_by Dick Thomas Johnson https://www.flickr.com/photos/31029865@N06/16595991278/
Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, is an ancient tradition that signifies the beginning of spring.
One of the most iconic images people visualise in their heads when they think of Japan it’s beautiful Cherry Blossom trees. Cherry Blossom trees, more commonly known as Sakura in Japanese, are so deeply ingrained in the image tones of people have when they think of a Japanese landscape. It is so popular overseas for foreign travellers and holiday makers that they even visit Japan to specifically tour the various places in the country there is to see the Cherry Blossoms. And there is no more recognisable and visited place than Tokyo. So here today we are going to share with you five top places to see the beautiful Cherry Blossoms in full majestic bloom.
One of the must majestic of spots in the whole of Tokyo is probably that of the Meguro river that flows through the city. A part of it is covered over, almost like a long dome, by cherry blossom trees. This river is also often called the Sakura river because of the huge spectacle of seeing the trees in full bloom in the March to May months of the spring time. Hundreds and hundred more people visit this river daily during this time which makes Instagram light up with thousands of beautiful pictures of this wonderful even put on by nature.
This place is a little hint of paradise in one of the busiest and biggest cities in the world. This spot is a park that is situated next to a citizen walking path to one side and the Hanzo Moat to the other side. The foot walking path is often tunnelled in the spring time with over two hundred and sixty different types of cherry blossom trees. People once again flock here from all over the world to be apart of this spring time feature. It’s a very large park that offers the best scenery for people who like to walk and of course the best time of year to visit will be to see the cherry blossoms with thousands of other people having the exact same idea.
Selfie_by George Alexander Ishida Newman https://www.flickr.com/photos/59496030@N02/14959481788/
The Ueno mountains have been known as some of the best cherry blossom viewiing locations since the Edo period.
DSC_0969 Ueno Park Sakura_by Marufish https://www.flickr.com/photos/8819274@N04/3421845754/
Just a 5 minute walk from Ueno station, accessible by JR or subway.
DSC_0952 Ueno Park Sakura_by Marufish https://www.flickr.com/photos/8819274@N04/3421836362/
Ueno Park is a very large public area in the middle of Tokyo city. It attract lots of people daily any time of the year and not just natives. Travellers also flock to see this park in all its glory. This is one of the places people love to go to eat drink and be merry when the cherry blossoms bloom. The park has what is thought to be close to nine thousand trees in its boundaries so you can imagine just how much of them are cherry blossom trees and what a huge site that must be to behold on anyone even if they aren’t much of a nature lover.
Hanami at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden 2017_by Dick Thomas Johnson https://www.flickr.com/photos/31029865@N06/37423775742/
Shinjuku’s soaring skyscrapers clear way for this truly beautiful city oasis.
新宿御苑賞櫻_by 中岑 范姜 https://www.flickr.com/photos/53367994@N00/17193500941/
Inside the park you can find nearly 65 different types of cherry blossoms, which means cherry blossom viewing is available for more than 2 months.
Shinjuku Gyoen is one of those parks and gardens that may seem very welcoming to visitors from the west as it has a very similar to large parked areas in Britain and North America and most likely a lot of Europe. This place is amazing for picnics and a family day out. That is why during the spring time you will see lots of people meeting their with their food and enjoying themselves in the parks twenty thousand cherry blossom trees in a place that was once the home to the Naitō family in the Japanese Edo Period – the years between 1603 and 1868.
東京ミッドタウンの桜_by Tatsuo Yamashita https://www.flickr.com/photos/27983255@N00/26165399775/
About 150 cherry blossoms cover the area, including 45 which have been around since the days of the old Ministry of Defense building.
東京ミッドタウンの桜_by Sun Taro https://www.flickr.com/photos/20981992@N02/8580616946/
Beautiful lights make nighttime cherry blossom viewing a sight to behold.
東京ミッドタウンの桜_by Tatsuo Yamashita https://www.flickr.com/photos/27983255@N00/16948678816/
It’s a straight shot from Roppongi station but is also just a 3 minute walk from Nogizaka station as well.
Tokyo Midtown is a three billion dollar development project that took many years to complete and it was completed finally in the year two thousand and seven. This has been one of the places to go for anyone and everyone ever since its completion. There is a small park and public area with lots of cherry blossom trees on their and people love to walk around the court yards immersing themselves in the beauty of the place. There is also a road that loops through Tokyo Midtown that is tunnelled by cherry blossoms and when the street lights are lit at night the cherry blossoms are given a magnificent glow. This is probably one of the things you would come across almost straight away if you searched the internet for ‘Japanese Cherry Blossom’.
So, there you have it, the sheer beauty and majesty that is the cherry blossom. Not just any cherry blossom though the Japanese cherry blossoms seem to have a whole personality of their own and are more iconic than any others in the entirety of the world. So, when you are planning your next trip to Tokyo, try and get yourself there in the spring time and behold a site that many people all over the world would be jealous of you for seeing without them. It is a remarkable place and one you will definitely need your camera for. Enjoy yourself if you go.
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