Sakura night illumination for Rikugien was supposed to start on March 22 2013 but due to the earlier blooming of the sakura in Tokyo, Japan, it was brought forward to 2 days earlier as the weeping cherry blossoms had fully bloomed.
The park has extended hours till 9pm during the nightly illumination.
The crowd was manageable when I arrved slightly before the sun set at 6pm.
This was the crowd at 6pm. It was much more crowded when I left at 8pm since most people were headed to see the night illumination when they came after work.
Sakura at full bloom.
A different type of look when the lights were illuminated on the flowers.
Rikugien (六義園) is often considered Tokyo’s most beautiful Japanese landscape garden alongside Koishikawa Korakuen. Built around 1700 for the 5th Tokugawa Shogun, Rikugien literally means “six poems garden” and reproduces in miniature 88 scenes from famous poems. The garden is a good example of an Edo Period strolling garden and features a large central pond surrounded by manmade hills and forested areas, all connected by a network of trails.
– Japan Travel guide
Can you find the moon?
Pink against royal blue. Sakura viewing the night, is really a different perspective.
There was less crowd at this tree as it was found further inside the park.
This garden is a little further away from the central Tokyo Parks but it is a good location for some night illuminated sakura if you want to escape from the crowd during the peak.
The line when I left. Long but orderly.
六義園 〒113-0021 文京区本駒込6-16-3