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 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.
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 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!