Tokyo. Sakura 06.04.2015
After quite a grey and rainy day finally I was lucky with the weather. It was sunny. Even it was just +15 degrees, it was warm and sometimes even hot. Especially right under the sun. It must be really bad in summer with +30.
We had to change already planned itinerary and go and watch sakura this day, as according to forecast it was the only sunny day while we are in Tokyo. One of the best places to observe it — Shinjuku Gyoen National Park (which is also not far away from our apartment). It is strictly prohibited to take alcohol inside and every visitor is checked on this subject. I had a mineral water with me. They even opened and smelled it (in case I have some strong alcohol instead of just water) (:
There are so many different kind of sakura in the park. White and pink, traditional Japanese and English and many others. Unfortunately the main part of blossom is already over, but this looks impressing anyway. However just one strong rain and all the flowers will be gone. That's why we decided to change the order in the itinerary.
Funny, but Japanese like to watch the blossom even more than foreigners. A lot of people make here picnics, eat sushi. And while they take photos, they can really strong bend the tree branches to catch a better shot. I didn't expect that at all.
Though after lunch the sun was already gone and the sky became grey again. The sakura doesn’t look that beautiful without sun. Anyway we already left the park by that moment and were headed into Emperor castle. Or (to be more precise) to its fence (:
The thing is that Emperor castle is really used for Royal family even nowadays so one can go inside only on some special public holiday when it’s allowed to go there.
Another amazing thing is food. A lot of restaurants have a stand with plastic food there. When you order something you can be sure, that it will look exactly like in stand. This is really cool. Menu is normally with pictures inside. So you can pick something even in case you can’t read (:
You can’t skip Shibuya in the evening. One of the most famous districts in Tokyo. Huge road cross and a lot of people willing to cross it. Probably you’ve seen it in some movies like Fast and Furios.
Right next to the crossroad there is a monument to Hachikō (everybody remembers that sad story?). This monument is extremely popular place to meet among Japanese.
PS. In the metro I really quick got used to stay on the left side on escalator. Though I still have troubles with cars going on the wrong hand side :)