Cherry Blossom Roundup

 

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Okay, the season of all-sakura-all-the-time is officially over, and the cherryliciousness did not disappoint. From late-blooming white ones to pinker-than-pink, here are a few of this year’s faves.

At Kiyosumi-Shirakawa garde, they had exacatly one blooming cherry tree, but it was worth the price of admission.

At Kiyosumi-Shirakawa garden, they had exactly one blooming cherry tree, but it was worth the price of admission.

This weeping cherry at Shinjuku Gyouen was mobbed by photographers

This weeping cherry at Shinjuku Gyou-en garden was mobbed by photographers, but I elbowed my way in BWAHAHAHA.

I went to Korakuen garden on a sunny day, just as the cherry trees were starting to bloom

I went to Koraku-en garden on a sunny day, just as the cherry trees were starting to bloom

There are only a few cherry trees along the Imperial Palace moat near the EAst Garden, but they're unusual varieties

There are only a few cherry trees along moat near the Imperial Palace East Garden, but it’s worth a visit because they’re unusual varieties

On a rainy day at Rikugien garden, I had the famous weeping cherry all to myself.

On a rainy day at Rikugi-en garden, I had the famous weeping cherry all to myself.

If you’d like to visit these gardens the next time you’re in Tokyo, there are map links to Shinjuku Gyou-en, Koraku-en, the Ni-no-maru Imperial Palace East Garden, Kiyosumi garden Rikugi-en and all the beautiful Tokyo gardens on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

After a long day of reveling in the pinkness, Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo

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