Ueno Park - Cherry Blossoms and Street Food


Ueno Park

Continuing on with my one day Tokyo itinerary, our next stop was Ueno Park. It is a short train tride from Asakusa, and it has so many different things you can do, depending on your interests. You can shop along Ameyokocho for food, souvenirs, clothes and shoes, or you can head to one of the many museums in Ueno Park. Our aim was to see some cherry blossoms! 

We started by Shinobazu Pond and stopped along the way to let the boys play on some play equiptment there why we investigated the progress of the blossoms. Unfortunately there were only a few blossoms out on the trees, but that didn't stop me taking photos! As we approached Bentendo temple, which lies on an island in the middle of Shinobazu Pond, there was a path full of street food and drink stalls. We went to have a look at the temple, then on our way out we stopped for some drinks and a waffle stick! 

We continued on our way up to the main path where there are more than 100 cherry blossom trees. They were all starting to bloom, but I can imagine about now they would be in full bloom, which really is an amazing sight! 

If you ever get a chance to experience hanami (cherry blossom viewing) in Japan, I highly recommend it. Go to the nearest convenience store, pick up a picnic sheet, some drinks and snacks and find yourself a nice spot under a cherry blossom tree. You might even make some new Japanese friends sitting nearby!

Ueno Park map
Map of Ueno Park taken from http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3019.html

Shinobazu pond
Shinobazu pond

Ueno street cat
Friendly Street Cat
Cherry blossoms over shinobazu pond
Cherry blossoms starting to bloom

drinks stall
I love the limited edition Asahi Sakura cans!
Waffle stick stall
Waffle sticks

Street food stalls in Ueno Park
Street food stalls in Ueno Park

Incense Bentendo
Incense in front of Bentendo

Cherry blossoms and lanterns

More cherry blossoms and lanterns
I <3 Sakura


Weeping cherry tree ueno
Weeping sakura in Ueno

If you ever have a short stopover in Tokyo, Ueno really is a great place to visit. You can get the Keisei Skyliner train direct from Narita to Ueno within 45 minutes. The park is about 2 minutes from the train station, as is a Japanese market street and numerous other awesome shops!

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