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Sakura in Koishikawa Korakuen – Enjoy Tokyo’s Historical Park in Pink!

KIKI

Writer

When you hear of Japan in springtime, what comes to your mind? Although there can be many ideas, a lot of people come up with cherry blossoms in the spring in Japan. As you might already know, there are myriad of events or festivals related to cherry blossoms in Japan. Even though shops, food courts, and activities make you have a great time, you may enjoy watching the cherry blossom which is recognized as a Japanese flower. In addition, do you have an interest in Japanese exotic and historical places, which represent various sides of Japanese cultures? If you would like to see them both, Koishikawa Korakuen is giving you an excellent opportunity to see cherry blossoms while seeing how beautiful a Japanese historical park is.

Festival Background

The Brief Information about the Park

The park was established in 1629 by the first Mito Tokugawa lord. Then, Mitsukuni Mito – the second lord (also called “Mitomitsukuni” or “Mitokomon”) completed the foundation of the park. The second one designed the place for generations. The founder introduced Chinese style in the park. In March 1927, the park was designated as both special historic site and special place of scenic beauty. The significant part of the area is artificial lakes, but there are famous miniature Japanese sceneries such as mountains, rivers, and hills in the park. Every spring, 80-year-old cherry trees in their full bloom called Shidare-zakura (species of cherry tree with drooping branches) wait for you.

Festival Breakdown

The event is held in the late March through the early of April in Tokyo. The event goes on until cherry blossoms are over. The cheery trees add sacred but inspiring atmosphere to the park. About 30 cherry trees including Somei Yoshino add vivid pink color to the place. The most beautiful cherry tree in the park is 80-year-old called Shidare-zakura. The distinctive style of the park also creates an authentic mood. Since over 40,000 people visit the park to see scenery with cherry blossoms in April, it is worth seeing for sure if you have a chance.

Things to Do at Koishikawa Korakuen

You will be astonished at seeing how beautiful the cherry blossoms are while walking around one of the famous historical parks in Japan. In spring, cherry blossoms add the scared flavor to any spot. While you can have a wonderful time seeing the unique style of the park, you can also enjoy walking around the place to look at the trees and feel the gentle atmosphere that the spring brings you

You can enjoy different scenes in the park at the different time. In the daytime, you will be astonished at seeing the breathtaking view of the park with its cherry blossoms. You can enjoy seeing the flowers in the evening as well. The mysterious atmosphere will surround you because of the sunset light falling on the cherry blossoms. The game of light and shade creates a different atmosphere during the day at the same place.

I bet you would like to post beautiful pictures on SNS and Instagram. Cherry blossoms may make your posts popular. However, have you ever missed great shots because of the crowd at an event or a festival At the event, there is no worry about that since the main objects are cherry blossoms and the other sceneries at the park. You will enjoy taking pictures of the cherry blossoms with no hectic time. The scene with cherry blossoms is one of the best shots to understand how authentic Japan is.

Details and Access

Dates: the late days in March through the early days in April.

Brief Schedule: 9:00-17:00 * the last entrance time: 16:30

9:00-18:00 (3/17th though 4/5th * the last entrance time: 17:30)

Place: Koishikawa Korakuen

International Reception and Info:

Entrance Fee; Adult: 300 yen, Over 65: 150 yen, Under 12: free

* The place does not allow you to do parties, Karaoke, put (plastic) sheets on the ground, bring alcoholic beverages and bringing pets.

Home Page: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/about030.html

Address: Koishikawa Korakuen. 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo

Access: For Koishikawa Korakuen

From JR Iidabashi station 8 min. walk.

From Subway Iidabashi station 8 min. walk.

Parking lots are NOT available.

 

Closing Remarks

Although Tokyo has a myriad of events and festivals annually, this event may let you know how beautiful cherry blossoms are and how brilliant a Japanese historical park is. When you visit Tokyo in spring, it is an excellent opportunity to attend this event as it is worth seeing at least once in a lifetime.

When you have a chance to come there around April, please visit the park and enjoy seeing cherry blossom and having a wonderful time at this historic place.

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Enjoy Sakura in Japan!

Cherry blossoms are an essential part of Japanese culture. And, viewing cherry blossoms (Hanami) is very popular in Japan during the spring. This is because cherry blossoms, which the Japanese call “Sakura” are stunning at this season.

If you are planning to visit Japan this spring and want to discover more cherry blossoms spots in Kyoto area, please check the following article. It’s covering the best Hanami spots in the old capital and provides you with the essential information, so you can get the most from your Sakura trip!

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Kyoto and Osaka have many beautiful spots to see Cherry blossoms. However, other areas also have excellent places for hanami. Tokyo features many of those spots as well! If you are in Tokyo around spring and looking for a place to see cherry blossoms, Why don’t you check the following article?

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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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