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Tokyo: End of Season

The main alley in Ueno Park

The cherry blossom season 2019 is now in its final stage in Tokyo, as Schauwecker reported six days ago. In some areas, cherry trees of the popular and mainstream Somei Yoshino variety have lost most of their petals, however some late-blooming varieties provided very nice colorful blossom. These late blooming trees offer a great option for visitors who arrived in the capital after the peak of the season

Today I headed to three of the most popular spots in Tokyo to check out the state of the blossoms.

Ueno Park

End of Season

My first stop for the day was Ueno Park, where I noticed the cherry trees near the south entrance of the park had barely any petals left, whilst the trees further down the main alley had a few petals here and there on some of their branches. Down in Shinobazu Pond, it was the same situation although some late-flowering sakura were not in full bloom yet. For late season visitors, they should be at their best viewing within the next couple of days.

Cherry trees at the entrance of the park had no more petals
Further down the alley, some trees only had a few petals left
A closeup of a Somei Yoshino variety of tree
With the season ending, the street food stalls have been removed
Down near Shinobazu Pond
The trees near the pond had barely any petals left
Late blooming Kanzan variety of cherry trees had not yet reached full bloom
Late variety of cherry tree opened at 90 per cent
Close up of a late blooming Ichiyo variety of sakura

Shinjuku Gyoen

Full Bloom

My next stop for the day was Shinjuku Gyoen where, similarly to Ueno Park, the Somei-Yoshino variety of trees had lost the majority of their petals. The park however is popular for having an abundance of late-blooming cherry trees which make it one of the best spots for late season visitors. These late-blooming trees were full of strong and beautiful blossoms, and were definitely a highlight of my visit to the park. Considering the forecast for the next days, I predict they can still be enjoyed for the rest of the week.

The cherry trees on the grassy fields of the park didn't display much color
Only a few petals left on the branches of Somei Yoshino trees
But the late blooming trees (Ichiyo variety) were absolutely beautiful
An Ichiyo type of sakura in full bloom
An explosion of blossoms
Late-blooming cherry trees offered beautiful colors
Even with few petals on the trees the pond remains very scenic
The end of a season

Showa Memorial Park

Past Peak

Finally, I headed to Tokyo's suburbs where cherry trees bloom a few days later than in central Tokyo, to check out the Showa Memorial Park, located a 30 minute train ride west of Shinjuku. The trees were at a fuller state than in the previous two spots, and although they had lost a considerable amount of petals, they remained enjoyable and picturesque. The last remaining petals are likely to fall in the next few days.

The sakura tunnel still had some nice colors left
The cherry trees along the cycling road had lost most of their petals
Although trees had lost a lot of petals, the views on the grassy fields were still stunning
Sakura trees and flowers
Nice views of the blossoms from this angle
Visitors enjoying a stroll on the garden's wide grounds
From up close we can see that a lot of petals have fallen
Enjoying a nice picnic in the park