Day 10: Ueno Park

Day 10: Ueno Park

Tokyo, Ueno Park, cherry blossoms, hanami & street food.

Adam

By Adam May 10, 2014

We missed the cherry blossom bloom in Kyoto, but were lucky enough to catch them in Tokyo where is happens slightly earlier. We seized the chance to visit Ueno Park, a large public park in Tokyo.

Ueno Park – 上野公園

On the opposite side of Tokyo as we were staying (as far as the Yamanote line goes) is Ueno Park. It’s not as dense with trees and shade as Yoyogi park, but is famous for its hundres of cherry blossoms that line the paths.

We took the train down, expecting a crowd, but the actual crowd was incredible! It was shoulder to shoulder throughout the park. With rain expected for the rest of the week, and the cherry blossom season already short, everyone was taking advantage of the clear day. The amount of blossoms was amazing at this park – turning the entire field of view white with blooms.

Cherry blossoms and swan boats

Cherry blossoms and swan boats.

Us

Us with the blossoms.Us with the blossoms.

Lake

View of the lake.

Blossoms

Sakura blossoms.

Gate with blossoms

Gate with blossoms.

Blossoms

Blossoms

Feeding birds screenshot

Feeding birds screenshot

Birds

Feeding the birds.

Business lunch

Businessmen and women out for lunch.

View of the shrine and stands

View of the shrine and stands.

Rose

A single rose.

Blossoms

Blossoms

Boats

Boats at Ueno Park

Sakura blossoms

Sakura blossoms.

Boats

Boats

Food Vendors

There were street vendors with all variety of food next to business men and women taking their lunch breaks. We tried a number of treats including a pork skewer, a chocolate covered banana, some fried chicken and some beer to wash it down. This was more comfort food than exploration, but hit the spot.

Octopus

Octopus

Marilyn with a skewer

Marilyn with a meat skewer.

Fish

Fish cooking over coals.

Tempura

Tempura

Bananas

Bananas covered in chocolate.

Scallops

Scallops

Rice

Rice treats.

Pork skewers

Pork skewers.

Friend chicken

Friend chicken.

Ueno Park during Cherry Blossom Season is both beautiful and packed. There’s no shortage of food or flowers for everyone to enjoy.

We continued south from the park, making our way to Akihabara – the district famous for its electronics and video games.

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