Japan – an amazing country with many beautiful sights and seasons. In March and April, the sakura season is one of the most popular seasons to be in Japan. Prices of air-tickets soar as tourists flock to the country based on forecasts of the blooming flowers.
Right Now in Japan, it’s the Sakura Season
.. which inspired me to put this post up, so that I can share the flowers I saw at Ueno Park. I was once lucky enough to be visiting Tokyo during its blooming season (in 2010, sorry this is a #superdelayedpost!).
Sakura flowers at Ueno Park
Ueno Park is a very popular park for viewing cherry blossoms. With more than 1000 trees along the street that leads towards National Museum and Shinobazu Pond, many Japanese will be at Ueno Park during the season when cherry blossom flowers are to bloom. There will be canvas mats placed at the sides of the main paths, an organized affair true to the nature of Japanese’s considerate traits. People will gather with their friends or co-workers under the sakura trees, mothers will be with their kids picnicking, and senior citizens will be strolling through the parks.
Pink cherry blossoms!
Lovely, an overhanging blanket of pink cherry blossom flowers! (The couple in the photo are my friends: Joe and Rebecca)
Are sakura flowers white or pink?
There are actually over 100 varieties of cherry blossom trees in Japan, wow!
The majority of these varieties produce white to light-pink blossoms. They might change color too during the blooming.
Can cherry blossom blooms only be seen at famous parks?
You can see sakura trees randomly, even in central Tokyo, actually. We spotted a few cherry blossom trees near the Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, and along the way when we were taking the train to Asakusa.
BUT, for an immersive experience, I would suggest visiting the recommended parks. Japan-Guide has a comprehensive list of the parks here.
Food at Ueno Park
You’ll see food stalls at the entrance, and also inside the park. Ueno Park is huge, though. I remember there is a food carnival somewhere near Kiyomizu Kannon Temple. You will see an open staircase under the temple, which leads to the food carnival.
How about you? Are you in Japan right now? Or have you visited Japan during its cherry blossom seasons too? Feel free to share your experiences via the Comment section below!
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