Ueno Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) - 2018
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Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to Japan
Lined endlessly with a number of cherry trees, Ueno Parks main street is probably the first place that many Japanese people would think of when it comes to a beautiful scene of cherry blossoms in spring. During the festival, 1000 lanterns, which were originally intended for nighttime security, illuminate the park and invite people to celebrate the arrival of spring under a night sky.
One of Japan’s most crowded, noisy and popular spots for cherry blossom parties, Ueno Park features more than 1000 trees along the street leading towards the National Museum and around Shinobazu Pond. Ueno Park’s blossoms typically open 1-3 days ahead of the blossoms in other spots in the city.
Located in the precinct of Toeisan Kaneiji Temple where the Tokugawa Shogunate family is buried, the park expects several hundred thousand visitors daily to come for the blossom viewing during the season. Stroll through the park tinted in pale pink by 600 Somei-yoshino (Yoshino cherry) trees before you head to an antique market or other special events also held at the park.