Tokyo's Not So Secret Cherry Blossoms Spots

June 1, 2020

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It’s undeniable that Japan is one of the most beautiful places to witness cherry blossom season. Though cherry blossoms do not last very long, their fleeting nature is exactly what makes them so captivating. To top off their beauty, seeing them bloom among the urban metropolis of Tokyo, or traditionally charming towns in Kyoto is something that many people would not hesitate to add to their bucket-list.

Over the past few years of living in Japan, I was lucky enough to experience cherry blossom season in a few different ways-- as a tourist, as a second-time admirer, and as a local. When I first experienced cherry blossom season as a tourist, the whole experience can easily be described as a rush. Although I’ve seen almost four seasons of cherry blossoms by now, I still can recall the pure excitement and admiration for them, the very first time I saw them. When trying to capture their beauty, I was constantly torn between taking a close up shot to show their delicate features as opposed to taking a wide-angled shot to show how vast and abundant they were. I took note of the things I missed most about these cherry blossoms and what made them so precious to me for the second time I got to see them again.

By now, I was in Tokyo and I came to appreciate just how cool it was to see all of these cherry blossom trees engulfed over highways and giant buildings. It became clearer to me that it’s not just the cherry blossoms that are beautiful, but it’s also their sceneries and surroundings. If you’re reading this article, I’m assuming that you’ve seen plenty of cherry blossom photos with Mt. Fuji, shrines, torii gates, and trains somewhere along with your searches, and I’ll warn you now, that none of the spots that I’m sharing in this list will feature that. Instead, I want to share a few of my favorite not so secret cherry blossom spots that I’ve come to frequent and love as a local.

I've listed their general location as well as their best public transportation stations to help you locate these spots if you're looking to have a different cherry blossom experience in your upcoming Tokyo trip.

Shingashi River
Access: Kawagoe Station
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Among the locations that I’ve shared, this one is probably the most touristy but local at the same time. Kawagoe isn’t a town that’s known to many tourists, but if you come for the cherry blossom, you should also stay to check out this cool little Edo town.

Shakujii River
Access: Naka-Itabashi Station
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I hope I won’t regret sharing this spot, but the cherry blossoms here go on for miles and miles along this prefecture where it’s majority locals. Please be respectful and enjoy the calm atmosphere if you decide to check this spot out.

Sakurazaka
Access: Roppongi Station
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If you can drive in Tokyo or are able to get an international license. I highly recommend driving down Sakurazaka. It’s so scenic and stopping to enjoy these cherry blossoms is easy since there are parking spots available along this road.

Chidorigafuchi Moat
Access: Kudanshita Station
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Chidorigafuchi Moat isn’t a secret by now, but it’s locally still a spot that many people here still get excited about and go out to experience. A tip would be to get maximum time and row to the end of the moat to avoid the boat-crowd and see the almost-lake-sweeping cherry blossom branches.

Kandagawa
Access: Takadanobaba Station
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This river is one of the major ones in Tokyo and it also runs along the Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line) route. You can even strategically plan out to visit this spot, then take the tram closer to Ikebukuro and access the Shakujii River location.


Camera Gear Used: Nikon D600 (body only) with 50mm F1/4 and 24-70mm F3.5 lens.
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Cherry Blossom Season Blues

April 13, 2020

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Just like that another cherry blossom season came and left so fleetingly. I wish I could say it was beautiful to enjoy the blooms without all of the tourists like every other year, but instead, it felt a little empty. It's a weird time in the world, but it's also the perfect time to fully reflect on everything that comes and goes without a warning. It has made me worry about the future, but so grateful for the present, now, more than ever.

I, of course, will miss these glorious days during this time of the year when all I need is a sweater to be comfortable walking around, but I also can't complain about having more cozy things to wear at home in a few weeks when I'll be cold with the AC on at home. Hoping that this made you feel a little better about all the sweaters that you probably bought but didn't get the chance to wear out either.

Until next Spring.... or chilly summer nights!



Sweater: Line and Dot via Shopbop
Pants: GRLFRND Denim 'Helena'
Shoes: Acne Studios Jensen Boots
Bag: Chanel WOC
Earrings: Clustered Pearl Earrings (similar)

Photo by Shun S.

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Color-Blocking

February 11, 2020

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When it comes to color-blocking, these pants are still considered on the safe side. But black, white, and beige are just a trifecta combination that makes these pants the perfect piece for my kind of wardrobe. They bring a little edge, but keep it quite low-key and casual. You've seen me wear these in the summertime, but here's how they look in the winter.

Coat: Aritzia
Black Square-neck Top: Aritzia
Pants: Petar Petrov Color-block Linen Pants
Shoes: By Far Sofia Boots
Bag: Celine Belt Bag

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Grateful / 11-122019

January 23, 2020

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This has taken longer than it should since I'm reporting November and December of 2019, almost at the end of January 2020. I don't really remember much of what my thoughts and intentions were for those months, but I wrote down 'Grateful' as the title then, and it still seems fitting now.

It's been quite a breeze quite honestly. With the year closing out, I felt an overwhelming mix of emotions, which made it extremely difficult for me to put it all down on paper, I mean, screen. At this point, Thanksgiving and Christmas are both any regular days for me since I don't find myself fitting in any of the normcore activities for those holidays anymore. I did get to spend a day of giving thanks back to someone who's completely made life so much more interesting for me this year by grabbing a good omakase lunch with him. For Christmas, it felt weird that I was away from home for too long, so I flew back to see my mom and sister for a quick week or so.

As my time in Tokyo is coming to an end this year, I'm not sure what I can promise with this blog in the coming months. Seeing how inadequately I've kept up with these monthly recaps makes me embarrassed to even think about attempting them for 2020. I hope that wherever I end up in the coming months, I'll always take a little time to revisit this little corner of the internet that fully belongs to me.

With that said, to anyone that might come across this- I hope that the new year is full of health, happiness, and luck for you.

Outfit
November 4, 2019

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Top: Acne Studios
Skirt: Billie The Label
Shoes: Common Projects
Bag: Proenza Schouler PS11

Photo by Shun S.

Outfit
November 10, 2019

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Top: Acne Studios Oversized Knit
Pants: Zara
Shoes: Nanushka
Bag: JW Anderson

Photo by Shun S.

Life
November 11-20, 2019

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Outfit
November 26, 2019

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Top: Uniqlo
Pants: GRLFRND Denim
Shoes: ATP Boots
Bag: Pipatchara Amu Nude

Photo by Shun S.

Outfit
November 27, 2019

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Coat: Allen Schwartz
Top: Free People
Pants: AGOLDE
Shoes: Common Projects
Bag: Chanel WOC

Photo by Shun S.

Outfit
November 29, 2019

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Jacket: Alpha Industries
Dress: ASOS
Shoes: Common Projects
Bag: Proenza Schouler PS11

Photo by Shun S.

Outfit
December 8, 2019

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Coat: Maison Margiela
Top: Acne Studios
Pants: GRLFRND
Shoes: Acne Studios Jensen
Bag: Proenza Schouler PS11

Photo by Shun S.

Outfit
December 13, 2019

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Coat: H Beauty and Youth (Men's) - (similar olive coat)
Top: Uniqlo
Pants: Zara
Shoes: ATP
Bag: JW Anderson Velvet Pierce

Photo by Shun S.

Outfit
December 20, 2019

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Coat: Zara
Top: Topshop
Skirt: Aritzia
Shoes: By Far

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Places
Hamarikyu Gardens Tokyo
December 22, 2019

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Coat: Old (similar here)
Top: Topshop
Pants: GRLFRND
Shoes: By Far
Bag: Chanel WOC

Photo by Shun S.

Outfit
December 23, 2019

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Coat: Maison Margiela
Top: Tularosa
Pants: GRLFRND
Shoes: Sacai
Bag: Pipatchara Mini Amu

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Outfit
December 26, 2019

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Top: & Other Stories (DIAMANTÉ FRINGE SWEATER)
Pants: Trave Denim
Shoes: Common Projects
Bag: Meli Melo

Photo by Ying C.

Wearing
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