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Cherry Blossoms at Hikarigaoka Park - 2018

The 2018 cherry blossom season is shaping up to be one of the best in a long time.  If I remember correctly, for the last couple of years it rained incessantly.  This year though, it looks like we are going to have sun, sun, sun and more SUN!!  So, after work today (i.e. today being Saturday, March 24) I headed to Hikarigaoka park in Nerima’s work to check things out.  To be honest, it was a little disappointing as it was completely overcast.  The trees?  They were in about 80% condition, so, I’m guessing that Monday or Tuesday will be best to view them.

There are always lots of bicycles in Hikarigaoka park

I actually got there a little late, about 4:30ish, but being a Saturday, the park was very crowded, but not like Shinjuku Gyoen though!  At that late time and even with the sun starting to go down many people were still eating and drinking, playing badminton and walking around enjoying the trees.

Hikarigaoka Park always has lots of picnics

Hikarigaoka is good place for hanami, but it is such a pity that it is so far from the center of Tokyo.  If it were a little closer to the center of town I could imagine it attracting huge amounts of people as it has big grassy areas, tennis courts, a baseball field, kyudo (Japanese archery) range and it is a great place for running.  It is great family place.

My favourite place for the cherry blossoms though is Aoyama cemetery and I’ll be heading there as soon as possible.  Unfortunately, or fortunately as the case may be, I’m heading to Anime Japan tomorrow to photograph that event, so I imagine I won’t be able to go to the cemetery until Monday or even Tuesday.  Following that I don’t really have a clear plan where I’ll be going but this year I’m also hoping to get to the Sumida river as I haven’t been there for a very long time.

The 2018 cherry blossom season has just started, but please let us know if you have already seen other places and what you thought of them by leaving a message in the comment section below.  If you want to find out more about Hikarigaoka park you can see its website here.