Ueno Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) うえの 桜まつり


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. 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 some 800 Somei-yoshino (Yoshino cherry) trees before you head to an antique market or other special events also held at the park.

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