2024 cherry blossom season starts at Yoyogi Park

The 2024 cherry blossom season  has begun. But let me tell you, it started late. According to reports, that was five days later than 2023 and fifteen days later than usual. It shouldn’t be surprising though. This spring has been cold.  For my first photos, I went to Yoyogi Park.

Yoyogi Park was busy. Even though it was a weekday, many picnickers were under the trees. They were enjoying hanami (flowing viewing). I wondered how many of them had skipped work!

I didn’t have a great start to cherry blossom season 2024. It was too windy for good photography. That was unexpected. I had wanted to get some close-ups of the flowers, but those hopes were dashed. Nothing stood still.

How were the first 2024 cherry blossom season flowers?

The season officially started on March 29. I took these photos on April 2. The cherry blossoms looked in fair condition. They were probably at 75% of their best.

Full bloom is predicted for this Friday. That’s another three days. I agree with that. Saturday and Sunday should be great as well.

What’s next week's weather prediction?

The next week will be a mix of overcast and rainy days. So the photography outlook isn’t looking good at this point. But the weather can be fickle. It might change. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

What’s my plan for the 2024 cherry blossom season?

If possible I’m going to photograph the following places:

  • Aoyama Cemetery – I love this place. It’s perfect for cherry blossoms.
  • Inokashira Park
  • Kinuta Park – this will be my first time photographing cherry blossoms there.
  • Rikugien Gardens – It has a huge shidare zakura (weeping cherry blossom). I’ve never photographed that famous tree. It’s on my bucket list!

That’s my basic plan. But it’ll be weather-dependent. The forecast doesn’t look great. There will probably be little blue sky too. I feel I’ll have to squash everything into one or two days.

Wrapping up

My first photos of the 2024 cherry blossom season were okay. The trees weren’t in full bloom, but I knew that before going. Still, you can get a sense of what they look like at Yoyogi Park.

I hope you’ll forgive me for this rushed article. The season has started and I wanted to get these photos out as quickly as possible. The next batch should be much better! Please leave your questions and comments below.

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