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First Stop: Tokyo’s Ueno Park Cherry Blossom Amazingness

March 31st, 2013 · 7 Comments · Japan · By: Casi

When we were deciding where to start our trip we knew we wanted to begin in either Australia or Japan and we knew we wanted to begin our trip in March or April. We have family in Australia (Hi Rob and Steph!) and we had several bucket list items in Japan, so it was hard to choose! So, we decided to think with our wallets and chose Japan since it was a cheaper flight. Well, we made the right decision…

Casi at Ueno Park Cherry Blossoms

Greg at Tokyo's Ueno Park Cherry Blossoms

The first night in town we were picked up at Narita airport (after a sleepless 12 hour flight) by Yama, our hostel host. We drove with a complete stranger in the pitch dark on the wrong left side of the road in a car that has definitely seen better days to the Narita Airport Hostel. We barely slept that night as well, from excitment/jetlag/freezingness on a thin mat next to 3 other travelers. This all might sound negative, but it totally wasn’t because what we got out of it was the best tip from one of our roomies, Isabella, who told us we absolutely must go to Ueno Park. So we did!

The next day we made our way on the metro into Tokyo to find a place to stay near Ueno Park. That’s right, we came all the way to Japan without anything booked for our 2nd night in town. Genious or adventurous? Well, it certainly turned into an adventure as we blindly walked the streets in the rain in search of some wifi which I don’t think Japan believes in or something because it was impossible to find! Greg remembered an app he downloaded before this trip with hotel/things to do/restaurants/etc recommendations so we opened it up to see if there were any hotels near by. There was! And it wasn’t a million yen! Win! It was awfully small though….but compared to the not so clean sheets we slept on the night before it was a palace!

Hostel Bed Vs. Business Hotel Bed

We spent the rest of the afternoon in search of the best ramen ever (another post on that one to come soon), then took a “nap” at around 5pm, waking up at 6am the next morning. Woops!

We woke up to sun and warmth so we finally headed to Ueno Park to enjoy the infamous cherry blossoms (a.k.a. sakura). You guys! This park was amazing! Not only did we think it was amazing but so did everyone in Japan, apparently.

Tokyo's Ueno Park Cherry Blossoms

All the locals were sitting under the trees getting their Hanami on.

Tokyo's Ueno Park Cherry Blossom Hanami

The trees were so spectacular to see in person, pictures don’t do them justice….but I’ll try.

Tokyo's Ueno Park Cherry Blossom

Tokyo's Ueno Park Cherry Blossom

Tokyo's Ueno Park Cherry Blossom

Tokyo's Ueno Park Cherry Blossom

Tokyo's Ueno Park Cherry Blossom

Tokyo's Ueno Park Cherry Blossom

Inside Ueno park is Ueno Zoo which is also covered in Cherry Blossoms. Not a bad place to be a Mountain Monkey!

Tokyo's Ueno Park Cherry Blossom Amazingness

The beautiful Shinobazu Pond was filled with people rowing swan shaped boats, street acrobats showing off their talents, and even birds enjoying the views.

Tokyo's Ueno Park Cherry Blossom Amazingness

Ueno Park Acrobats

Tokyo's Ueno Park Cherry Blossom Shinobazu Pond

It was a day to remember.

Tokyo's Ueno Park Cherry Blossom Amazingness


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  • http://sparrowinspace.com/ Nick Rutten

    Great pictures guys! Good luck on your trip. Japan looks great, it’s definitely on our bucketlist as well, and it looks like it’s not as humidly hot as Malaysia which would be great right about now!

  • rgerber

    Amazaballs! Keep the posts coming. <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/debbie.slago Debbie Slago

    Love it, wish I was there except with hotel plans. You both are sooo brave and adventurous. Casi, I hope you have your antibacterial gel. Lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/casandrakc Casi Contreras

    I definitely do! And it came in handy when I put my hand in bird doo the other day. I’m actually all out of my supply of antibacterial after that incident.

  • http://www.facebook.com/casandrakc Casi Contreras

    We’re off to SEA in the next couple of weeks….I can’t wait! Bring on the warm beaches!

  • http://twitter.com/Lauren_Hannah Lauren Friedman

    Gorgeous!! Looks like you’re having a wonderful time. Glad you got to a place with a real bed to get some rest! Can’t wait for more!! :)

  • http://terra-bear.com terra

    Looks absolutely amazing and beautiful & like a great way to start what is bound to be an incredible adventure!