Tokyo in Pics


A photography blog about Tokyo, run by Australian photographer Rohan Gillett

Cherry Blossoms at Zenpukuji River Green Park - 2018

For my last photo shoot of the 2018 cherry blossom season I went to Zenpukuji River Green Park, which is about a ten-minute walk from my house.  As you’ve probably guessed by the name, it has a river flowing through it, the Zenpukuji.  I’ve been there so many times over the last twenty years.  It’s a very local place, quite pretty and has lots of cherry trees along the concrete-lined banks of the river.  I think it is very picturesque as in many places the trees growly quite thickly together and the branches hang out over the water.  In the spring it looks amazing.  Zenpukuji doesn’t attract huge crowds, except on the weekends, and that is maybe a good thing.  The last thing we need in Tokyo is another over-crowded cherry viewing spot.

Cherry blossoms on the Zenpukuji River in Tokyo's Suginami ward

It is a different type of park to what I usually show on Tokyo in Pics.  There are parks like Shinjuku Gyoen and Hama Rikyu where the trees are perfectly positioned, the grass is perfectly kept and they have some history that is very important to the city of Tokyo.  Zenpukuji is different, as it is the type of place that gets well used.  It’s a working park, it doesn’t have the history.  Kids are in it playing games, people are jogging or walking their dogs and/or having picnics.

Zenpukuji River Green Park is a place that the locals really enjoy during spring

Slightly off-topic, but I’ve just realized that I’ve never seen cherry blossoms in the country, far from the madding crowd so to speak.  I’ve only ever seen them in parks or on rivers in Tokyo.  Is that weird?  One day I should take a train out to the country just to experience them on some river.  Would it be a different experience though?  I’m such a city boy I guess …

Out enjoying a late afternoon walk under the cherry blossoms

Still, Zenpukuji is good enough for me and I highly recommend it.  It is quite large, and surprisingly, I haven’t seen all of it yet.  Normally I walk from the westernmost side which can be entered from Itsukaichikai-dou and walk until the path brings me back to the road.  That is quite a long walk already.  However, if you cross the road the park continues and eventually joins up with Wadabori park, which I haven’t been to yet.  If you have been there, please let me know what it is like as I’d love to hear about it.

Anyway, this is definitely the last of my cherry blossom articles for 2018.  I hope you’ve enjoyed them and as always, please feel free to leave a comment!  I would really appreciate hearing from you.