A Day in the Park - Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

Spring in Tokyo is synonymous with cherry blossoms, or sakura as it is called in Japanese, and there really is no better time to be in Japan. In the short 2-3 week window, the air is think with celebration. People flock to the nearest park or viewing spot where the ground is covered with pic-nic rugs and fallen petals. For me, Ohanami (flower viewing) was spent at Yoyogi-koen and Shinjuku-gyoen.

Surrounded by the sounds of drinking games, bongo drums and the odd boom box, Yoyogi-koen is the place to go if you are looking for a party. At Yoyogi-koen, soon everyone is your friend, as people are looking to welcome the warm weather with fun and games. Take a walk around the park and discover little pockets of fun such as a choral group rehearsing, guitarists, badminton groups or on one occasion I even saw a horn player, honing their skills. Another plus is the pizza delivery guys walking around taking orders.

Shinjuku Gyoen
For the die-hard cherry blossom lovers Shinjuku Gyoen is the place to go. Although drinking is prohibited and it costs 200 yen to enter, it is worth going to wander amongst the expanse of light and dark pink trees. Try get in early before all the dust is kicked up by the thousands of people visiting the park.

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