Cherry blossoms are blooming fully now!
|Cherry blossoms (sakura) in Tokyo, Japan|
But if you have been reading Tokyo Direct Diary for months or more, you will say,
“Hey, Kozue, you said in Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Forecast that the peak of cherry blossoms has passed in Tokyo!”
That’s right. Partly right, actually.
I’m repeating that sakura has many kinds. Some bloom earlier than standard cherry blossoms, and there are many kinds that bloom after them.
If you are visiting Tokyo for cherry blossoms and feeling that you are too late, don’t regret anything.
Now it’s the BEST SEASON for late-blooming sakura!
|Late-blooming cherry blossoms blooming fully, Tokyo, Japan|
It’s Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens, which is very large British, French and Japanese gardens located in Shinjuku. It is amazing that some areas are like real forests where birds are singing all the time in the middle of one of the busiest districts in Japan.
I have written about cherry blossoms there, and said that best season starts in the middle of April there.
This time I am reporting the best sakura season in Shinjuku Gyoen Gardens.
|Entrance Gate of Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens|
You will see those cherry blossoms soon after entering the gate.
|The large pond and bridges in Shinjuku Gyoen Gardens|
Sakura has many kinds, and even late-blooming sakura has many kinds.
Which do you like the best?
Like these photos, most of late-blooming cherry blossoms have more petals and rounder shapes than standard Somei Yoshino. I especially love the second photo’s sakura. It’s the roundest and cutest in all late-blooming sakura!
|The large pond and reflections of sakura in Shinjuku Gyoen Gardens|
|A long path in Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens|
|Sakura viewing picnic in Shinjuku Gyoen|
Who will think that the peak of cherry blossoms has left?
They are blooming fully now!
Ueno Park, where Spring Peony Garden is open now, is full of late-blooming cherry blossoms, too.
Do you see that the beautiful sakura season is lasting?
I’ve uploaded some panoramic photos on Flickr so that you can feel that Shinjuku Gyoen Gardens are really full of cherry blossoms.
I’m happy if you enjoyed my photos!!
Visitor Information of Shinjuku Gyoen National Gardens
Open 9:00 – 16:00
Greenhouse inside the Park 9:30 – 15:30
Closed on Monday and 29 December – 3 January (In sakura and fall foliage season, open every day.)
cf: The Easiest JR Train Map & The Easiest Subway Maps of Tokyo
cf: Link to Google Maps of Shinjuku Gyoen Gardens
Hotels in Shinjuku: You can choose a hotel from a wide range. Shinjuku Station is a hub, so it’s convenient to go anywhere in Tokyo. Moreover, if you plan to visit Mt. Fuji or Mt. Takao to explore Japanese nature as well as Tokyo’s tourist attractions, Shinjuku is the terminal.
Talking about 5-Star luxury hotels, Hilton Tokyo Hotel, Park Hyatt Tokyo and Hyatt Regency Tokyo are in Shinjuku.
Links – See MORE of Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo
- Cherry Blossom Forecast 2015
- Early-Blooming Sakura & A Sightseeing Guide to Yoyogi Park, Harajuku, Tokyo
- The Full-Blooming Weeping Cherry Tree in the Japanese Garden of Rikugien – photos & reports
- Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
- Ueno Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) – Why You Shouldn’t Miss Shinobazu Pond!
- Imperial Palace / Chidorigafuchi Sakura Matsuri (cherryblossom festival) – Photos & Tourist Info