Sakura (桜)

Sakura in Shikoku: Ritsurin Koen Park (栗林公園)

The Ritsurin Koen Park is one of the most famous and most beautiful historical gardens in Japan.

We only had about one hour at this place. Gosh…so much ground to cover and so little time!!


A weeping cherry tree!


Hyakkoku matsu (black pine tree)


Lovely koi in the pond….


Okedoinotaki (waterfall) with sakura


Kansuichi Pond


Spotted this bridge which was a sharp contrast to its surroundings.


Engetsu-kyo Bridge (view from the other side of the South Pond)

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Sakura in Tokyo: Chidorigafuchi (千鳥が淵)

Many of the locals recommended this place for sakura viewing. Initially I was puzzled by the name and was wondering where this was but I later found out that it’s actually one of the moats of the Imperial Palace.

I had exited from the subway station and was kinda following the crowds to get to the sakura viewing site (heh heh… was assuming that everyone was there for the cherry blossoms – but I was right!) and the sight which greeted me just took my breath away!!


Boats may be hired for rides on the moat.


Had a wander around and took this shot of the sakura with one of the gates to the palace.


Even the birds were enjoying the flowers! (^o^)


Getting there by train:
Tokyo Metro Kudanshita Station – 5 min. from Exit 2 – Toei Shinjuku Line, Metro Hanzomon Line, Metro Tozai Line
Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Station – 5 min. from Exit 5 – Hanzomon Line

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Sakura in Tokyo: Ueno Park (上野公園)

Apparently Ueno Park is a hotspot for sakura viewing – I’ve never seen so many people congregating in one place just to admire flowers!!

It was too crowded to try to get a picture with me in it without having other strangers in my photo, so here are some of the pictures which I took….

There were stalls which were selling food, so you can buy something to eat and then find a spot to sit and enjoy the flowers! ^_^


Getting there by train:
JR Ueno Station via the “Ueno Koen” exit (“koen” means “park”)
Ueno Station is on the Ginza Subway Line, the Hibiya Subway Line, the JR Yamanote Line, the JR Joban Line and the JR Keihin Tohoku Line.
Another alternative is the Keisei Ueno Station is on the Keisei Lines 1 and 2.

Access:
2 min walk from Keisei Ueno Station
2 min walk from Ueno Station on JR and Subway Ginza Line

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