We arrived in Tokyo towards the end of the Hanami season but there was still quite a lot of cherry blossoms on the trees and what had fallen off on the the roads looked very pretty, before it was swept away by the busy street cleaners of Tokyo.
The tokyoites LOVE hanami season and they make camp under the trees and eat, sleep and socialise there. Good hanami spots can be marked out days before the hanami even comes out and in Tokyo; once you have marked your place no one will take it, even if you leave! We also noticed the obsessive fascination not only with taking pictures of the cherry blossom but of taking pictures of their mascots of toys with the cherry blossom.
One of the most wonderful and romantic parts of Hanami season is when the Hanami is lit up at night. We walked around the Imperial palace moat at night with the Sakura on both sides lit up and it was really stunning!
Sakura plays a hugely important role in Japan and there are dozens of products dedicated to it, including sakura ice cream, sakura sweets, sakura tea, you name it and there is probably a sakura flavour of it!
The cherry blossom viewing spots gave us a great excuse to travel around the city and see new areas as we knew we only really had three days to enjoy the cherry blossom before it disappeared for another year! We viewed the sakura in Yoyogi Park, Ueno Park, Sumida Park, Imperial Gardens and outer moat and Aoyama Cemetery.
Here is a collection of a few of my favourite pics from Hanami season…
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