Although this wasn’t my first time in Tokyo, I’ve never visited the city at the right time to actually catch its famous sakura or cherry blossoms. This time around, I was determined to see one. (Just one, Lord. Even if it’s just one.) And just one it is! I’m so thankful to our #CoolJapan #100Tokyo guides who were kind enough to search for early blossoms for us. We were about to give up when they found online that there’s one tree in Shinjuku Gyoen National Park with sakuras already blooming.
Shinjuku Gyoen is a modern western-style garden from the Meiji Era that was completed in 1906 as an Imperial Garden. During spring, there are said to be 65 different varieties of cherry blossoms from 1300 trees that bloom there. I can just imagine how that must look like! We were a week to early when we visited. So near, yet so far. Oh well, we were lucky enough to find one tree. That’s better than nothing, right?