Cherry blossoms at the Aoyama Cemetery

Aoyama Cemetery (青山霊園) is located in Aoyama, Minato, not far from Roppongi. The cemetery is famous for its cherry blossoms and many people visit it during hanami season. When I visited, the blossoms were already past their peaks and petals were falling from the trees and covering the tombs and alleys.

Above, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower.

Above, central road.

Above, Tokyo Midtown.

Above, a minimalist tomb.

Above, christian tombs.


Cherry blossoms along the Takinogawa River

Starting at Oji station, I walked on a pedestrian path along the Takinogawa River (滝野川) until I reached Naka-Itabashi station. The path is lined with many cherry trees.

Above, fallen petals covering the river.

Oedo Fukagawa Cherry Blossom Festival

The Oedo Fukagawa Cherry Blossom Festival is held in Fukagawa, in Koto City, east of the Sumida River. The area has canals lined with many cherry trees. Although I did not get to ride them, boat cruises were available during the festival to see the flowers from a different angle.

Above, in Shinkawa Island, on the west bank of the Sumida River, on my way to Fukagawa.

Above, pedestrian path near a canal in Fukagawa.

Above, cruise boat for the festival.

Above, I made a detour through the Tomioka Hachiman Shrine, where a large festival is held every 3 years.

Above, shrine at the nearby Fukagawa Fudo Temple.

Above, hanamido in front of the main hall of the temple.

Above, new prayer hall.

Above, Tokyo Skytree seen from Kiba Park.

Above, sunset on a canal in Shirakawa.

Cherry blossoms at Omiya Park

Omiya Park (大宮公園) is a public park in Omiya, Saitama Prefecture, about 30min north of Tokyo. The park contains many cherry trees, a zoo and a museum. It is also the location of the shinto Hikawa Shrine (氷川神社).

Above, squirrel mascot of the Omiya Ardija, a J-League football team.

Above, torii on the path to the Hikawa Shrine.

Above, Hikawa Shrine.

Above, Omiya Park.

Above, bird in the free zoo inside the park.

Above, giant inflatable daruma doll at the Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Floklore.

Above, turtles in a pond near the shrine.