Cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Geyoen Park, Japan

Japans' cherry blossoms are beautiful!!
Japans’ cherry blossoms are beautiful!!

I was lucky enough to move to Japan just before spring so had the chance to experience cherry blossom time in Tokyo!! Shinjuku Geyoen Park is one of the most beautiful cherry blossom sites that I visited while living in Japan.

The streets and especially parks were all filled with these beautiful blossoms.  I loved walking around in the parks after work or on weekends when they were filled with people picnicking and taking pictures of the blossoms. Everyone looked like they were celebrating the start of spring.

Shinjuku Geyoen Park
Shinjuku Geyoen Park is situated in the busy city center
Shinjuku Geyoen Park
Shinjuku Geyoen Park

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a large park that was filled with cherry blossoms! The gardens have more than 20,000 trees, including approximately 1,500 cherry trees which bloom from late March to late April.

The whole park was covered in sweet smelling blossoms
The whole park was covered in sweet smelling blossoms

Wedding couples having their photos taken!
Wedding couples having their photos taken!

It was originally a residence of the Naitō family in the Edo period and became a garden under the management of the Imperial Household Agency of Japan. Now it’s a place to spend your weekends and apparently to take your wedding pictures in. While walking around I spotted no less than 3 wedding couples having their pictures taken in this stunning park.

A huge part of the park is a traditional Japanese landscape garden
A huge part of the park is a traditional Japanese landscape garden

A huge part of the park is a traditional Japanese landscape garden with large ponds dotted with islands and bridges. Well manicured shrubs and trees surround the water together with several pavilions.

I spent most of my time in the park lying on the lawn with a good book surrounded by cherry trees!

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  1. Reblogged this on IM Sirius and commented:
    Hanami (lit. “flower viewing”) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, “flower” in this case almost always meaning cherry blossoms (“sakura”). From the end of March to early May, sakura bloom all over Japan, and around the first of February on the island of Okinawa. The blossom forecast is announced each year by the weather bureau, and is watched carefully by those planning hanami as the blossoms only last a week or two. In modern-day Japan, hanami mostly consists of having an outdoor party beneath the sakura during daytime or at night. — Wikipedia

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