The past weekend was the peak time in Tokyo for Sakura viewing, people were out in throngs to view the full bloomed sakura. This was a stark contrast to 2012, when I visited in early April and the sakuras had not bloomed yet.
Isn’t it pretty?
Chidorigafuchi Ryukudo is one of the most popular places in Tokyo for sakura viewing.
The 15 minutes walk along the pathway was lined with sakura trees on both sides. Even though it was crowded but it was still orderly as people were walking in a orderly file in 2 directions.
White, light pink and pink! All sorts of colors for the sakura. It was supposed to rain but Mr Sun overtook the rain and we had a cloudy day instead.
The Chidorigafuchi moat was packed with people trying to rent the boats to get up close and personal with the Sakura trees on both sides of the river. This photo spot was packed with people too.
full bloom 🙂
At the end of the Chidorigfuchi Ryukudo, we would come to the side entrance of Yasukuni Shrine
The sakura inside the shrine.
This is Tokyo’s representative cherry blossom tree that is used by the meteorological agency to pronounce the official opening of the blossoms in Tokyo.
The flowers also grow on the bark too.
We didn’t prepare any food as there is plenty of food stalls at Yasukuni Shrine.
Mainly BBQ-ed food, Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki with drink under the Sakura trees.
End of March is the graduation season in Japan. College gradauations were going on around the country and in Japan, the graduates do not wear the mortarboards and gowns. The men are in suits and the ladies in kimono with Hakama so every lady graduates looks different. Totally colorful and cheery 🙂