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Asukayama Park in Tokyo – Enjoy a Picnic under the Cherry Blossoms!

KIKI

Writer

When you hear of Japan in spring, what does it make you come up with? A lot of people come up with cherry blossoms in springtime in Japan. As you already know, there are tons of events or festivals related to cherry blossoms in Japan. And Asukayama Park is one of the best places to admire cherry blossoms. Even though shops, food courts, and events make you have a great time, you may just enjoy watching the blossoms which are recognized as Japanese flowers.

If you like Japanese parks, Asukayama Park will bring you a great opportunity to see cherry blossoms and notice how much Japanese people like their tradition of admiring cherry blossoms – Hanami.


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Festival Background

The Origin

The feature of the park is a small hill, where Yoshimune Tokugawa – the 8th shogun ordered planners to plan a cherry tree park so the residences of Edo could enjoy it. Because of this story, people in Tokyo regard the park as one of the most popular places to see the beautiful cherry blossoms.

Festival Breakdown

The event is held from the late March through early April in Oji, Kita-Ku, Tokyo. The event lasts until cheery blossoms are over. The cherry trees add to the sacred but dynamic atmosphere of the place. About 600 cherry trees including Someiyoshino are waiting for you every spring and add some pink color to the spot. At night, there are a lot of small lanterns to let you see cherry blossoms at night. The night view creates an unforgettable atmosphere. Since the view is famous for 8 of top ten in the prefecture, it is worth seeing the scene in the early April if you have a chance.

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Things to Do at the Event

While walking around one of the most famous parks in Tokyo, you will be astonished at seeing how beautiful the cherry blossoms are. In spring, cherry blossoms add the scared flavor to the spot. While you can have parties and picnics under the cherry trees in bloom, you can also just walk around the park and enjoy seeing the trees and feeling the gentle atmosphere that spring brings to you.

The event has various scenes at a different time. In the daytime, you will be astonished at seeing breathtaking views of the preserved railway vehicles and cherry blossoms. You can enjoy just watching the flowers or having a fun with friends at a picnic. At night, the mysterious atmosphere will surround you because of the lanterns and the scene of cherry blossoms at that time. You can feel totally different at the same place but at a different time.
In the place, regardless of a daytime or nighttime, you can see people having a wonderful time: some people may just walk around and look at the trees while others hold a party under the trees. Even though there are so many people in the event, you can take pictures of how much Japanese people enjoy cherry blossoms. You will enjoy taking pictures of the cherry blossoms and the park. In addition, the scene, cherry blossoms, is one of the best shots to know how really authentic Japan is.

Details and Access

Dates: From the late March to the early April
Brief Schedule: 3/31, 4/1: Sakura SA*KASO festival takes place
Place: In and around Asukayama Park
International Reception and Info: Business hours: 17:30 – 21:00. * The park does not permit you to enter the place from 21:00.
Home Page (Japanese Only): https://www.city.kita.tokyo.jp/d-douro/bunka/koenichiran/asukayama.html
Address: AsukayamaPark 1-1-3 Oji, Kita-Ku, Tokyo
Access: For AsukayamaPark
From JR Keihin-Tohoku line Oji station several mins. by walk
Parking lots are available. <For 21 cars: 150 yen/30 min.>

Closing Remarks

Although Tokyo has tons of events and festivals annually, Hanami in Asukayama park will let you know how beautiful cherry blossoms are is and how exotic a Japanese park is. When you visit Tokyo in spring, don’t miss your chance and visit this event as it is worth seeing at least once in a lifetime.

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KIKI

I have studied much about Japan to pass the tour guide test. I enjoy speaking English to tell the international tourists about “Real Japan”.

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