Aoyama Cemetery cherry blossoms in 2022

Aoyama Cemetery cherry blossom road
Aoyama Cemetery's famous Cherry Blossom Road.

The Aoyama Cemetery cherry blossoms were good. They hadn’t quite fully bloomed, but they were close. I thought they looked beautiful, but luck wasn’t with us this time, as the weather was awfully gray. Still, there were some good photos to be had there.

The star of the day, as always, was cherry blossom road. It runs through the middle of the cemetery. That is where everyone goes.

Tokyo Tower and Aoyama Cemetery cherry blossoms
In spring, I love seeing Tokyo Tower from Aoyama Cemetery.

White cherry blossom trees line both sides and their branches arch out over the road. It looks like a tunnel of flowers. You’ll get the best pictures there.

Dr Gottfried Wagener grave at Aoyama Cemetery Tokyo
The grave of Dr Gottfried Wagener at Aoyama Cemetery. Tokyo

The problem is that you need to get into the middle of the road to get pics. That can be dangerous for obvious reasons. So, you need to keep your wits around you and look for good breaks in the traffic. And you need to watch out for bicycles too!

I like taking that picture. Every year I take the same one.  It can’t be helped because it is beautiful. But that shouldn’t be the only reason for going there.

Take your time and walk around the Aoyama Cemetery.  There are so many good photos of the Japanese cherry blossom trees around. It isn’t hard work. And you’ll find a few friendly people to chat with too. This year, I ran into Elle, a vivacious pug, and her owner.

For 2022, my favorite photo was of Tokyo Tower. It’s good to see it flanked by Sakura blossom trees.  Actually, I try to get this photo every year. The important thing is to do it in the morning. If you leave it till the afternoon, the trees and flowers facing you will be backlit.  That will make getting a good exposure difficult. Of course, you could do bracketing.  That is always an option.

The only complaint I had was the weather. If there had been more blue sky, it would have been awesome. Oh well, there is always next year!

If you haven’t seen the Aoyama Cemetery’s cherry blossoms, you should! They are fantastic. For those of you overseas and planning to come to Japan one day, put this spot on your travel itinerary. It is worth a visit.  I’ve been in love with it for many years.

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What Fujifilm camera gear did I use to photograph the 2022 Aoyama Cemetery cherry blossoms?

Camera Body: X-T3


  • XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR
  • XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

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