Cherry blossom are in full bloom this weekend in Tokyo, and groups of cherry-blossom viewers are seen at parks. They spread picnic sheets and enjoy food and sake under the beautiful pale pink flowers.
The followings are the most popular cherry-blossom viewing points in Tokyo.
#1: Chidorigafuchi Ryokudo
About 260 cherry trees along a promenade in Chiyoda-ward in Tokyo. You can see the cherry blossoms from a boat.
#2: Meguro-gawa Sakura Namiki (Meguro River Cherry-Blossom Street)
There are about 800 cherry trees line up along Meguro river between Meguro and Ikejiri. Near the river in Nakameguro, there are restaurants and cafés where you can enjoy your meal while viewing cherry blossoms.
#3: Ueno Onshin Koen (Ueno Park)
About 1,200 cherry trees in Ueno Park. It will be really packed with cherry-blossom viewers this weekend. There were so many people on Thursday already! (see the picture below posted on flickr).
There is Ueno Zoo in the park, and since two giant pandas from China debuted at the zoo on April 1st, over 100 thousands of people have visited the zoo.
#4: Sumida Koen (Sumida Park)
Sumida Park is located along the Sumida River. There are about 700 cherry trees in the park. It has been popular cherry-blossom viewing spot since Edo period (1603 to 1868).
“Cherry blossom and Tokyo Sky Tree (634m / 2080ft)under construction”
#5: Asukayama Koen (Asukayama Park)
Asukayama Park is in Kita-ward in Tokyo. It is also called Oji Koen (Oji Park) since it is next to Oji Station. It is also an old popular cherry-blossom viewing spot in Tokyo.
“View to the North from Asukayama (1856)” in Ukiyo-e prints series “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” by Japanese artist Hiroshige (1797–1858).
And this is Asukayama in 2006.
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