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Sakura: Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

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Quote: Nothing lifts the national mood in Japan more than the arrival of cherry blossoms (sakura) in early spring. Tokyo has several spots for cherry blossom viewing parties (hanami) ranging from enormous parks to hotel gardens and suburban streets. Entry is free but expect huge crowds!

Sakura: Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

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Overview

Sakura Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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In Japan nothing lifts the national mood as much as the appearance of cherry blossoms (sakura) in early spring. The arrival of cherry blossoms are long anticipated with nightly newscasts including the sighting of cherry blossoms along the almost 2000 km long archipelago. It takes about two months from the first sightings in Okinawa in the south until the blossoms finally bloom in the northern island of Hokkaido. In Tokyo the cherry blossom usually appear by the end of March to be at their best the first weekend in April. However, in 2002 warm weather hasten their arrival and the first blossoms opened on 16 March. Strong winds and rain ruined the spectacle soon afterwards maki...Read More

Ukai Toriyama

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Restaurant

Ukai Toriyama Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Ukai Toriyma is a traditional style Japanese restaurant set in the most beautiful imaginable surroundings. To many this is the Japan they would like to remember or at least encounter. The restaurant consists of about 40 wooden buildings in a traditional style with thatch roofs in a beautiful garden setting. The garden has all the elements expected of a Japanese garden ranging from water features such as waterfalls, streams and ponds with khoi (carp) as well as carefully trimmed trees, narrow pathways leading to viewpoints to surprise and enchant the visitor. All rooms have huge windows looking out onto the garden and from most you can feed the khoi leftover rice after the meal. ...Read More

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Ukai Toriyama
Minami Asakawa
Tokyo, Japan
0426-61-0739

Aoyama Cemetery

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Attraction

Aoyama Cemetery Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Aoyama Botchi (Cemetery) is a prime cherry blossom viewing party spot in central Tokyo. A cemetery may not be everyone first choice for a party but it gets unbelievable crowded here during the season. The cemetery occupies 26,000 square meters in one of Tokyo’s most fashionable neighborhoods. It has been in use since 1872 and has more than 100,000 family graves. As cremation is standard in Japan only the ashes are buried here and generally in family graves so space is not a real problem. In Japan ghosts are generally not seen as dangerous but they can cause "trouble" to daily life. There are about 200 cherry trees here lined up along a one-kilometer route. As the park is lit...Read More

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Aoyama Cemetery
2-33 Minami-Aoyama
Tokyo, Japan 107-0062
+81 (0)3 3201 3331 (

Yasukuni Shrine

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Attraction

Yasukuni Shrine Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Of all the shrines in Japan, none are more shrouded in controversy than Yasukuni Jinja in Tokyo. According to the official website it was founded in 1869 by Imperial Command "for worship of the divine spirits of those who sacrificed themselves for their country". The Boshin Civil War, which led to the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate and restoration of the Emperor, saw the death of 3500 people fighting for the Imperial cause. These were the first Kami enshrined in Yasukuni. More souls followed from the Russo-Japanese War, which announced the arrival of Japan on the world stage, the First World War, the Japanese-Chinese War and eventually the Second World War. In total almost two and a...Read More

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Yasukuni Shrine
3-1-1 Kudan Kita
Tokyo, Japan 102-0073
+81 (0)3326 8326

Ueno Park

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Attraction

Ueno Park Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Ueno Park is a perennial favorite of Tokyoites due to its sheer size, central location and abundance of attractions. It draws the crowds for all kinds of reasons from just hanging out with friends to visiting serious museums and galleries. As a major transportation hub in Tokyo, Ueno makes it easy and convenient for friends from different parts of the city and even further apart to get together and thus became famous as a meeting spot for class reunions. Ueno is always busy over weekends but never more so than during sakura season when the park is simply taken over by hanami. ...Read More

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Ueno Park
5-20 Ueno Koen
Tokyo, Japan 110-0007
+81 (3) 3828-5644

Imperial Palace

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Attraction | "Imperial Palace area"

Imperial Palace Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Around the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo is an abundance of greenery. Several parks flow into each other to form an enormous green lung for downtown Tokyo. The best vantage points for cherry blossom viewing and parties are Chidorigafuchi Park (across from the British Embassy) and Kitanomaru Park. Chidorigafuchi Park is a long narrow strip of greenery next to a very busy road. The attraction, however, is to the other side: it borders the Imperial Palace and has beautiful vistas of the moat and palace walls and fortifications. In addition the park is about half a kil...Read More

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Imperial Palace
Kokyo Gaien
Tokyo, Japan 100-0002
+81 (3) 3213 1111

ANA Hotel & ARK Hills

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Attraction | "ANA Hotel & ARK Hills"

ANA Hotel & ARK Hills Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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Nighttime cherry blossom viewing has been popular since times immemorial but really came into strength after the advent of electricity to local shores. Many local authorities and shrines lit up the cherry trees for viewing at night and it attracts huge crowds and prolongs cherry blossom viewing parties, which traditionally start in the late afternoon for office workers. Minor streets in central Tokyo are seldom tree-lined so it is a nice surprise to happen on one lit up at night with amazing cherry blossoms. The narrow hilly street encircling the ANA Hotel and the posh office-residential ARK Hills development in Tokyo’s fashionable Minato-ku district offers a wonderful opportunity o...Read More

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ANA Hotel & ARK Hills
Akasaka, Minatoku
Tokyo, Japan