Although I have to say it was the worst weather to see them that day as well due to this huge wind storm in Tokyo. The wind was SO STRONG that it was blowing everything off the ground. There was also several times when the wind was blowing all the petals off the sakura trees creating this "raining sakura" view that you'd see in Japanese anime, dramas, and movies and it was such a beautiful and romantic view. If only the wind was not so strong and blowing everything at my face (including all the sand and dust on the ground) that I had to close my eyes each time to prevent becoming blind. (-___-")
However, I do like how these selfies turned out with the wind blowing and messing up my hair creating this messy but natural kind of candid shot portrait.
This type of sakura is called "yae-zakura" 八重桜 a double-layer type of sakura which is famous for its beauty and strength and also has more than 5 petals that is different from the common pale pink Somei Yoshino that are much more delicate and has a shorter life span. Yae-zakura also bloom around mid April to late April as well. To be honest, I like these sakura more because they are soooooooo pink, soft and fluffy!! 🌸🌸🌸
Beautiful sakura petals on the ground. Would love to pick them up and splash them up in the air, lol.
During sakura season, Japan always have these spring and sakura limited food and items on sale everywhere you go. I really wanted to try these sakura jelly but I decided to wait a bit because I wasn't hungry or in the mood for food yet and next thing I know, they were sold out when I went back again to get them!! (T___T) Lesson learned, always grab anything you see first whether you're hungry or not.
However, you can never go wrong with these cute sakura themed souvenir items that are much more practical and useful that will make the best and most special gift ever!
Shinjuku Gyoen park is truly a beautiful park! Even if you are not visiting during when sakura bloom, there are many things to see and explore inside the park as it is quite big. I'd want to go back to visit the park again regardless if there was sakura in bloom, although sakura view is always a plus and bonous! I only stayed at the park for about 2 hours and didn't go in as far into the park as well. I wish I had stayed a bit longer and explored more.
How to get to Shinjuku Gyoen Park: There are many ways you can get to the park by transit and alternatively, you can even walk there from Shinjuku as well! Visit the official site for more information on how to get there and you can even download a map of the park in different languages too! Admission isn't free though but it is very cheap at 200 yen for adults.