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Sakura Spectacle: Yanaka's Cherry-rific Route to Tokyo's Heart

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2024.03.14 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, most bestest inbound tourism adviser and consultant, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

Spring in Japan heralds the arrival of the cherry blossoms, which cast a spell of pink and white across the landscape. Tokyo, in particular, offers enchanting ways to witness this spectacle. Among them, Yanaka stands out with its unique blend of history, culture and natural beauty.

Cherry blossoms in Tokyo usually start blooming in mid-March, depending on the location, and are in full bloom around the end of March or beginning of April, painting the city in vibrant colors. This spring, take a nostalgic stroll through the enchanting cherry blossom beauty from Yanaka to Ueno, full of charm and allure.

Our journey begins at the Yanaka Ginza shopping street, a nostalgic enclave reminiscent of old Tokyo. Here, you can indulge your senses in local flavors while soaking up the quaint atmosphere, perhaps by filling up on a small lunch or snack to energize your walking trip.From there, venture to Yanaka Cemetery, an unexpected gem famous for its cherry blossoms

On Sakura-dori, which runs from the side of Tennoji Temple, you can see a tunnel of cherry blossoms so beautiful that when they are in full bloom, you will be lost for words. There are many places to see in Yanaka Cemetery, including the rows of cherry trees near Jomyoin Temple. Finally, we will visit Ueno Onshi Koen, a famous cherry blossom viewing spot. It is a pleasant season for walking, taking a boat ride on the pond, or just sitting and resting your feet after a long day of walking.

The 40-minute walk from Yanaka Ginza to Ueno Onshi Koen promises a delightful exploration of Tokyo's springtime charm. Put on your sneakers and embrace the Japanese spring as you traverse this enchanting path.

To reach Yanaka Cemetery, simply hop on the JR Yamanote Line or Keisei Line to Nippori Station and enjoy a brief six-minute walk to the entrance. Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the cemetery offers free admission and invites visitors to immerse themselves in Japan's rich cultural tapestry amid the splendor of the cherry blossoms.

The walk from Yanaka to Ueno Onshi Koen epitomizes the spirit of Japanese spring, harmonizing historical significance with the splendor of the season. As cherry blossoms grace its walkways, visitors are warmly invited to wander through Tokyo's timeless charm, embracing the tranquil allure of the season.

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