Cherry blossom Japan – The Best Sakura Spots in Tokyo

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Spring brings with him the excitement and anticipation of a new beginning to Japan, a new cycle begins.

This period lasts about 6 weeks – begins around March and progressing with the warming weather. The cherry tree The Sakura in Japanese represents the peak of spring its blossom symbolize the humble and fragile nature of the Japanese people.Duration of peak flowering of the cherry tree is short and lasts from few days to a week. It has very delicate bloom. The strength and beauty depend on the weather. Sometimes a full flower can last a month, and sometimes for only a single day.The strong breeze and rain make them fall on the floor sometimes it looks like snow. It is very difficult to predict the peak of bloom. Japanese people know that this beauty is temporary and could expire in any day.They celebrate the culmination of a great wonder in “flower viewing” which mean HANAMI (花見). Millions of Japanese families, friends and work colleagues organize a “picnic” under the sakura trees, usually sitting on large sheets enjoying the view while drinking alcohol and eating traditional food. These parties make the people take off their masks of restraint and seriousness, they all play and sing under the trees.

Japanese Spring Celebration Culture

Spring Celebration of Japanese culture is deeply tied to the season’s cycle of nature. Sensitivity of the Japanese season touched every aspect of life. Spring perform the color pink summer is strong green, the red leaves are in the fall, and winter snow gave the white paint. In the Spring Japanese wear kimono with pink trim colors corresponding boom.City streets, train stations and public institutions decorated with pink plastic flowers contrast the delicacy of sakura tree flowers. Ice cream and cookies in the spring season will be of course pink, and Department stores will replace its decoration colors to pink and embedded in flower buds. Japanese will eat candies and buy a gift package wrapped in pink of courseIt is important to always remember that nothing is accidental in Japan. They carefully designed their gardens thinking of all the small detail caring for the right location for every tree and flower. Spring sticking to the point spots of hidden corners surprising beauty, stand out against the background of evergreens or reflected in the lake.Planning a Japanese garden would be careful about combining groups selected plots flowering trees, often incorporated into the kinds of cherry trees with different bloom colors.

Mass Tourism

Another feature, no less important, is estimated institutional organization, planning and encouragement of the movement of mass tourism. The Japanese plan their vacations according to the forecasts of bloom. They tend to arrive few days before to the area that is recommended and combine recreation and bathing in hot springs. The Japanese government is aware of the economic value of this tourist phenomenon and is interested in developing and encouraging the movement of the “pilgrimage” of millions of Japanese flowering cherry .Government and municipal institutions work hard and budgets in planning and developing the tourism sites especially tourist attractions with local crowds that visit the areas in bloom. Japanese spring arrival is a cultural experience. Hang out with the masses Be wrapped in joy.

The best sakura spots in Tokyo

Shinjuku Gyoen
Location: 11 Naito-cho Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: To the Sendagaya gate
5 minute walk from Sendagaya Station or Tokyo Subway Kokuritsu Kyougijo-mae Station
To the Okido gate
5 minute walk from Tokyo Subway Shinjuku Gyoen-mae Station
To the Shinjuku gate
About 10 minute walk from Shinjuku Station
About 5 minute walk from Tokyo Subway Shinjuku Gyoen-mae Stationor Shinjuku 3-chome Station
Cherry Blossom Season: Late March – Early April

Inokashira Onshi Koen
Address: 1-chome Gotenyama Musashino-city /
4-chome Inokashira Mitaka-city, Tokyo
Access: JR Kichijoji Station / Keio Train Inokashira Line Inokashira Koen Station
Cherry Blossom Season: Late March – Early April

Shiba Koen
Location: Shiba-koen Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: Subway Shiba-koen Station/Onarimon Station
Cherry Blossom Season: Late March – Early April

Hama-rikyu Onshi Teien Garden
Location: 1-1 Hanarikyu Teien Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Access: Tukiji Shijo Station
Cherry Blossom Season: Early – MidApril
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
Location:1-6-6 KorakuBunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Access: 2 minute walk from Tokyo Subway Iidabashi Station
Cherry Blossom Season: Late March – Early April

Sumida Koen
Location: 7-1 Asakusa, 1-1 Hanakawado, 2-1HanakawadoTaito-ku,Tokyo/ 1-chome, 2-chome, 5-chome MukoujimaSumida-ku, Tokyo
Access: Tokyo Subway/Tobu Line Asakusa Station
Cherry Blossom Season: Late March – Early Apri

Chidorigafuchi Koen
The Chidoriga-fuchi moat is located west of the Tokyo Imperial Palace.
Address: 1-2 Kojimachi Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access: Tokyo Subway Hanzomon Station
Cherry Blossom Season: Late March – Early April

Inspired by the popular folk song of Japan: Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) performed by Clint Goss on the EZ Anasazi Flute in Bb. For song info: For flutes Clint beautifully demonstrates the expressive potential of the EZ Anasazi Flute. The style of playing is similar to the style of the more difficult rim-blown Shakuhachi flute from Japan. There is no record of the Anasazi Pueblo People’s style of flute playing. Do you think it possible they may have played in a similar style?

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  1. Hi great article I will be visiting in September and have been keen to learn how to make the most of the trip. Very well written article.


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