I had a list of hanami spots to check out in Tokyo but had to cut it significantly. The exhaustion of the previous day at Disneyland had us leaving our accommodations around 11AM – very late by my standards!
Before joining the sakura viewers, we had brunch at Sushizanmai in Ikebukuro.
First on the list was Ueno Park where we found that, despite sakura season having just started, hundreds of people were already enjoying the crisp spring weather on picnic mats throughout the park.
i love the abundance of street food during festivals 😁
Next on the list was the controversial Yasukuni Shrine near the Imperial Palace.
Walking towards the moat of the Imperial Palace is the Chidorigafuchi.
Not sakura related but I had to bring them to Shibuya
Again, not sakura related but if his girlfriend requested Disneyland, my brother requested the Gundam in DiverCity, Odaiba.
there were a few trees there too, together with tulips
Finally, we ended our sightseeing with yozakura (night time sakura viewing) at Rikugien.
We arrived very early during the sakura season so we weren’t treated to the blanket of cherry blossoms. What we saw was a tease of things to come but it was already incredibly beautiful (especially at Rikugien). I’m only more excited to visit again, hopefully at peak blooming season.
It would have been nice to sleep off the soreness in a bed after walking around the whole day but that night we got on a bus bound for Nagoya. Rest had to wait until we got back to the Philippines.