The Best Places To See Pink Rivers of Cherry Blossom Petals
The leaves are greening, hangovers cured, blue tarps furled, the madness over. Right? Wrong! Because as soon as the petals begin to fall, it’s hana-ikada season: “rafts of flowers” that float atop cherry tree-lined bodies of water, turning them into pink rivers!
It’s a little trickier to catch the magic of the fallen petals than it might seem, because ideally you time it so enough have fallen to make the water pink, but enough are still on the trees to make it look like they’re still in full bloom too.
And if it rains…
And if you’re too early…
But let’s find some spots closer to home – here are my favorite places to glimpse this rarified form of pinkomania in Tokyo.
Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!