Monday, March 25, 2013

Where to View Cherry Blossoms or Hanami Hot Spots

Sakura in full bloom!
Usually I share links to articles I've written on Wednesdays, but this week I've decided to change it up a bit. Sakura (cherry blossoms) are in full swing at the moment, and locals and visitors alike are scrambling to see them. They've arrived a full two weeks early, which surely is changing plans left and right. An unusual spate of warm weather set things in motion, and as I've said before, nature waits for no one. The blossoms are here.

So, without further ado, I'll mention a couple places I love to go to see them. These cherry blossom viewing spots are also terrific places to soak up the people soaking up the blossoms, too. It's a brilliant time to see some stunning natural beauty and to see Japan really kick back and enjoy itself in so many ways. Pack your party sheet, favorite snacks, a beverage or two, and head on out!

Koganei Koen (Park) - an absolutely huge park on Tokyo's west side, there are nearly two thousand trees in full bloom this very second. And that's not including those that line the Tamagawajousui that forms the southern border of the park, either.

Inokashira Koen - a small, intimate park a five-minute walk from Kichijoji's south exit. Just follow the throng of people carrying picnic gear. It's a real stunner.

Yanaka Cemetery - one of Tokyo's oldest cemeteries in a wonderful old part of town, the cemetery is full of cherry trees and cats. It may sound odd, but it really is fantastic.

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