Flower Viewing

Hanami is a Japanese tradition of flower viewing which dates back to the 7th century and which was introduced to make people admire and take advantage of the natural beauty surrounding us which often goes unnoticed.

Today, this event is one of the most anticipated on the calendar in Japan. Every year Hanami is predicted in each region of Japan by the weather reporter and when it is announced most Japanese people head in the direction of their nearest park to have a family picnic. The most popular flower viewing parks in Tokyo are Ueno Park, Shinjuku Gyoen Park and the area around the Imperial Palace.

Hanami usually takes place at the end of March or the start of April and lasts one week. If you want to experience this Japanese tradition you will have to plan your trip well and make sure you get your space in the park as the most keen Japanese get up at the break of dawn to reserve their space in the park.

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