The Cherry Blossom (Hanami) Season🌸 in Tokyo this year is estimated between the end of March till the beginning of April (30 March – 7 April).
The weather of the last two days was gloomy with light shower and the temperature was keeping below 10 degrees, it really wasn’t a good time for Cherry Blossom Viewing. Luckily, the sun showed up again yesterday and of course we didn’t want to miss the chance. Sakura, I am coming!
Me and my fiance decided to go to the Yoyogi Park as it’s meant to be one of the best places to view the Sakura trees. We took the train from Koenji station to Shinjuku station and interchange to Yamanote Line to Harajuku Station. The whole trip just took us around 12 minutes to get there.
The Harajuku station platform was full of people. This was the first time for me and the second time for my fiance (but was 20 years ago) to the Yoyogi Park, so we just simply follow the signs in the train station and the flow to the park after we got off the train.
We followed the signs and turned right and right after getting out of the train station, and then we saw this giant “torii”gate in front of us.
So, with our excitement, we thought, ” That’s it, we are here, Sakura!”
Many tall giant trees along the sides.
The Main Shrine Building.
Seems it is a good date for wedding! Every time when there is a new couple coming out, people will automatically stand aside and form a path for the couple.
People write down their wishes on a piece of wood and pray for the wishes to come true.
This is how to do at Temizuya: (Reference from the leaflet at the main entrance)
Wait…I am here for the Sakura not the Shrine. We only see plants in green in the Park, not even one leaf looks Pink.
We were so disappointed and thought maybe they don’t plant Sakura trees in “Yoyogi Park”. We were planning to go some where else like Ueno Park.
When we were back to the main gate, we saw lots people heading to our right hand side direction. (when we got out from the station, we turned right and right already, but people were heading to the even further right direction). And again, because of our curiosity, we followed the flow to see where will it lead to. Why not?!
We ended up at a park/square and people were dancing like Elvis Presley.
But…wait…another park next to a park. At this point we just realized the one we just went to was not the Yoyogi Park and it was just Meiji Jingu!!
Let’s keep walking!
Sakura! Sakura! Sakura!🌸 🌸 🌸
Enjoyed my beer under the Sakura. The price of the beer in the park store was about double compared to the store outside the the park. So better to bring your own drinks from outside. There were ton of groups of people who had set up picnics and enjoying drinks, food, and games under the beautiful Cherry Blossoms. It was a great time for everyone!
We left the park about 5pm, we took this picture on the bridge and you can see the crowd in the Yoyogi Park. I am not sure the closing time of the park, but when we left, there were people still on the way toward the park.
Even the weather is slowly getting warmer in Tokyo, the temperature at night is still quite chill and windy. So if you are planning to have a picnic with friends in the park during the Cherry Blossom Viewing Season, make sure to dress warm, maybe bring an extra jacket.
** Just had a heavy rain and thunderstorm⛈ while I was writing this post. The weather is quite unstable in Tokyo these few days…