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Sakura Serenity: Discovering the Delights of Taito City’s Sumida Park

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2024.03.21 (Thu)

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

A leisurely walk from Sensoji Temple, Sumida Park is an enchanting haven for cherry blossom lovers. As the pink hues of the cherry blossoms paint the landscape, the park offers an exquisite blend of nature and culture, inviting visitors to share in its serene charm.

Located along the Sumida River, Sumida Park boasts more than 600 cherry trees in bloom. In particular, the area between Azuma Bridge and Sakura Bridge over the Sumida River is one of the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.Dating back to the Edo period, this scenic expanse is a popular destination for hanami, the cherished tradition of cherry blossom viewing. The tradition of hanami undoubtedly became more popular with the endorsement of Tokugawa Yoshimune, the 8th Shogun of Japan, who was known also for his promotion of cherry blossom viewing.

For travelers seeking solace amid Tokyo's bustling ambience, Sumida Park offers respite in its tranquil embrace. Visitors can stroll leisurely along its winding paths and bask in the delicate beauty of the cherry blossoms. Whether it's a leisurely stroll, a serene moment of contemplation by the riverside, or an adventurous boat ride along the Sumida River, the park offers myriad ways to immerse oneself in its natural splendor.

A key feature of Sumida Park's appeal is its panoramic view of the iconic Tokyo Skytree®, an architectural marvel that punctuates the city's skyline. As the sun dips below the horizon and casts a warm glow over the landscape, the park is transformed into a realm of enchantment. During the cherry blossom season, the trees are illuminated after dusk, creating a magical aura that captivates the senses.

Planning a visit to Sumida Park? Mark your calendar for late March to early April 2024, when nature displays its most enchanting spectacle. Join your fellow admirers as they revel in the fleeting beauty of sakura and celebrate the timeless tradition of hanami amidst Tokyo's vibrant tapestry.

This year’s Sumida Park Cherry Blossom Festival will continue from March 17 to April 7, 2024.

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