Cherry Blossoms in Ueno Park
If you travel to Japan to enjoy the spectacular Season of Cherry Blossoms, you might likely want to visit Ueno Park during the first week of April. Cherry Blossoms in Ueno are one of the most famous views among the thousands of spots available to watch Sakura.
Ueno Park (上野公園, Ueno Kōen) is a large public green area right next to Ueno Station in Tokyo. This section of the city used to be part of Kaneiji Temple, one of Tokyo’s richest temples destroyed during the Boshin Civil War.
After the Boishin battle, the area where the temple stood was transformed into a Western-style park. It’s grounds opened to the public in 1873 and has been heavily visited ever since.
Visiting Ueno Park in Cherry Blossom season is a real treat to the eye. With more than 1,000 cherry trees, visitors from all over the work come and pay homage to the most beautiful time to be in Japan.
On last week of March and early April, large crowds of hanami parties cover Ueno’s grounds. The ground is completely carpeted with blue vinyl coverings; music, Yakitori smell, Sake bottles and happy people are everywhere to be seen.
Fog and Sakura trees
We decided to visit Ueno Park on a cloudy, foggy day last year. I was a little disappointed as the weather was not that nice to enjoy Hanami. To our surprise, visiting Ueno in that weather was one of the best things we have ever seen in Japan. There is something about the pale pink of Cherry Blossoms in contrast with the dry vegetation from the Shinobazu pond that creates a dreamy atmosphere. The mint-green and grey buildings add the perfect shades of color for our photographs.
Lit at Night
At night, Ueno’s paths lined with cherry blossoms are lit up by beautiful lanterns. Visitors can stay for a long time and enjoy the magic-like scene of glowing cherry blossoms with a glass (or ten) of tasty warmed sake.
Park Website: Click Here
Visiting Hours: 5 PM – 11 PM
How to get there:
- A 2-minute walk from Ueno (JR Yamanote line, Ginza line, Hibiya line).
- A 5-minute walk from Ueno-Okachimachi (Oedo line).
- A 1-minute walk from Keisei-Ueno (Keisei line).