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Yesterday, while walking around Komagome in Tokyo, I was thinking of visiting Rikugi-en, a famous garden for its huge weeping cherry. I used to live around there and felt a kind of nostalgic. But it was so crowded, so I changed my mind. Instead, I visited the temple nearby called “Kichijo-ji” which was really calm. It’s fun to find some quiet places like this where only locals visit.
By the way, Komagome is worth visiting for those who love sakura. Someiyoshino, the most representative sakura tree, originallly comes from this place – In the past, the place around Komagome was called “Somei village” where many gardeners lived.
There is such a cute mailbox in front of North Exit, JR Komagome Station.
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to pass by “Gyokuzo-in” a temple of Shingon Buddhism in Urawa, which is famous for a 100 year-old weeping cherry (shidare-zakura).
It was quite a surprize to find this in the middle of the city.
2-13-22, Nakacho, Urawaku, Saitama-City
Access: About 5 minute walk from West Exit of JR Urawa Station
Map (link to Google map)
So finally, sakura started blooming in Tokyo yesterday, following the announcement of Fukuoka on March 19. According to the weather forcast, it seems to last till the end of this month.
Here are my favorite sakura viewing spots in Tokyo:
Enjoy ohanami 🙂
Here’s the updated sakura blooming days in Japan according to tenki.jp
as of March 9.
It looks sakura will bloom earlier than the last forecast.
Place – Start blooming on / Full bloom on
Tokyo (central) – March 21 / March28
Yokohama – March 23 / April 1
Nagoya – March 22 / April 1
Kyoto – March 25 / April 2
Osaka – March 25/ April 2
Fukuoka – March 22 / April 1
Sendai – April 6 / April 12
Aomori – April 22 / April 27
Sapporo – May 2 / May 6
For those who are worried about missing sakura, read the tips I posted on the previous post
I wrote in the yesterday’s post about forecasted sakura blooming days that some kinds of sakura bloom later than that popular someiyoshino, but there are some kinds blooming before someiyoshino as well.
I took these picutures yesterday (March 3) at Shinjuku Gyoen after an appointment. It’s one of the most recommended places to enjoy a variety of sakura in Tokyo – there are about 65 kinds of sakura. Here are some kinds of sakura you can see right now!
Bulbul on a shuzenji-kanzakura tree
And now, ume blossoms are in full bloom so don’t miss it!