Busy Chidorigafuchi cherry blossoms in 2022

Chidorigafuchi cherry blossoms and Tokyo Tower

The Chidorigafuchi cherry blossoms are probably the most popular in the city. It is always crowded during the hanami season. I’ve always had a bit of a love-hate relationship with it. Every year, my feelings about it change. Anyway, I went there again with my camera.

In 2022, I’d have to admit it was a pretty good experience. Yes, it was crowded, but not overly so. I had to wait to take photos a few times, but it wasn’t a problem this year.

rowboats on Chidorigafuchi moat

That’s why I have a love-hate relationship with Chidorigafuchi. It’s a great place, but it can be so crowded. Cherry blossoms should be relaxed and peaceful. They are the antithesis of each. It’s about the trees though, isn’t it?

rowboat on Chidorigafuchi moat

And they looked great. The cherry blossom trees were in good condition. I picked the right day to go. That made me very happy.

rowboats under Chidorigafuchi cherry blossoms

The icing on the cake was the weather. It was beautiful, much like what I experienced at Zojoji earlier in the day.  My luck was very good.

There were two things different from previous years.  One was the boats on the moat. Many of them were moored in the middle of the moat. I’m not sure of the logic here. Maybe it was a way to visitor numbers down as the pandemic hasn’t finished yet.

People on Chidorigafuchi observation deck

The other thing was my approach. Usually, I walk from Tokyo Station, as I drop by the palace. This time, I used Kudanshita Station which is on the opposite side. While walking up the hill, I noticed Tokyo Tower on the far side of the moat. That was a new photo experience for me.

Tokyo Tower and Chidorigafuchi cherry blossoms

The observation deck was open this year. It had been closed for 2021. So things were back to normal. There were so many people on it enjoying the view and taking photos.

3 people in Chidorigafuchi rowboat

I also popped over to Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery as it is over the road. Many visitors were there. The most I’ve ever seen.

rowboats enjoying chidorigafuchi hanami

Anyway, it was a good day there. I hope you enjoy the photos. If you have any comments or questions, leave them below.

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