While planning this trip, our ultimate goal is to see a cherry blossom tree. Last year, when mom went for the first time, she was too early for the full bloom. This year, she made it to a point to stay long enough to see parks filled with sakura trees. They went during the first week of April and we followed the week after. Our timing was just right because we caught a lot of trees filled with pretty pink flowers. I couldn’t believe my luck because the cherry blossom forecasts said that by the time we land in Nagoya, it’s already the tail end of the full bloom. But when we got to Kanagawa and visited Tachikawa, my eyes were filled by numerous cherry blossom trees in their full glory.
Hanami–also known as the “cherry blossom festival”, and a tradition of welcoming spring–was almost over by the time we got to Kyoto. It didn’t help that it rained the night before so most of the trees had already lost most of its petals. I weren’t really expecting to see a tree in full bloom but I was awed when I saw a cherry blossom tree in Gion filled with pale pink flowers.
UCHIKOSHIFUREAI PARK, ZAMA CITY
During our first day in Kanagawa, Tita Risa and Tito Onnie took us to a nearby park, and it was the first time that I saw so much cherry blossom trees in full bloom. It was beautiful. I really couldn’t believe my luck that I’m seeing it for the very first time, and on my first try!
Uchikoshifureai Park is located at Midorigaoka, Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture.
SHOWA KINEN KOEN, TACHIKAWA
And this is where I got my fill of cherry blossom trees. We went here after we went to Mt. Fuji. [RELATED: Japan: Lake Kawaguchiko, Mt. Fuji] Not only does it have an abundance of sakura but it also have beds of tulips and roses. It’s a massive place where you can see so much spring flora and I would have loved to walk around more if only we didn’t get there a bit late. We had to leave because the park was about to close.
I really recommend this park for people who are looking to have a good view of cherry blossoms. It’s not as crowded and there’s a beautiful walkway lined with numerous cherry blossom trees. It was amazing to look at especially when there’s a breeze and the petals would just shower down. I really have no words as to how beautiful the sight was.
Up to this day, I still thank the universe and timing gods that I got to see all of this. Some people have went for a couple of times but always missed it. I’m really just so thankful.
Showa Kinen Koen (Showa Memorial Park) is located at Midoricho, Tachikawa, Tokyo. It is accessible via the JR Chuo Line when you get off at Nishi-Tachikawa station. The park is open daily from 9:30AM – 5PM (March-October)/6PM (April-September)/4:30PM (November-February). Entrance fee is 410Y.
SHINJUKU GYOEN NATIONAL GARDEN
This is one of the most famous hanami spots in Tokyo. It’s very accessible as it’s only a walking distance from Shinjuku station. Like our experience in Kyoto, it was already the tail end of the full bloom so the flowers were already sparse. There were more leaves than blooms. Lol.
But Shinjuku Gyoen is still a good park to visit with or without cherry blossom. It’s massive and it has different gardens with different themes. [RELATED: Japan: Shinjuku]
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is located at Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo. It is accessible via the JR Chuo Line when you get off at JR Shinjuku station. Admission to the park is 200Y and it is open daily except Monday from 9AM – 4PM.
And this concludes my Japan travel diaries! I had such a wonderful time in the Land of the Rising sun and I cannot wait to go back and explore another region. If you guys want me to create a sample itinerary or write a blog on Japan travel tips, let me know in the comments section below. 😛 Watch out for my post for a Japan vlog that my cousin made! I hope you had fun reading my travel posts as much as I had fun writing them! <3