One Fine Day at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Thursday, May 8, 2014

At first, we planned to go to Ueno Park to see cherry blossoms. But apparently we went to Japan on the wrong date. Cherry blossoms in Tokyo had passed its full-bloom phase. We saw at the information board in the hostel that there were no longer cherry blossoms bloom at Ueno Park, but they suggested us to go to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. So we went there..

Who will expect that near Shinjuku Station - one of the busiest station in the world, there's a very nice place to take a break from the busy city. There really is that contrast – standing in a really quiet area while knowing that a busy, noisy city is only minutes away.  Shinjuku Gyoen is truly an urban oasis. And also the nicest park in Tokyo. It has more than 20,000 trees, including approximately 1,500 cherry trees which bloom from late March (Shidare or Weeping Cherry), to early April (Somei or Tokyo Cherry), and on to late April (Kanzan Cherry) - according to Wikipedia.

Again we were so lucky because the weather was so nice. It was warm but wasn't too hot, a great weather to be spent at the park. Very nice if compared to the previous day with gloomy sky and breezy wind. A lot of people enjoying their time by reading a book, painting, doing yoga, or just sitting and chatting with their family or friends. It sure was a lovely day!

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