My favorite cherry blossom spot is Aoyama Cemetery

My favorite cherry blossom spot in Tokyo is Aoyama Cemetery in Tokyo.  Why? Well, it has so much going for it. I could spend hours and hours there. Spring 2017 was one of my best times there. In the lead-up to the big event, I checked the weather forecast daily and made predictions.  I literally counted down the hours till I photographed them.

On the appointed morning, the skies were cloudless. It was blue everywhere. I was right! Anyway, I dressed, ate breakfast, grabbed my camera, and left.

Once on the train, I thought about the photos I’d take. I was convinced the cherry blossoms would be in perfect condition. It was going to be a complete success.

Why is Aoyama Cemetery my favorite cherry blossom spot?

Every time I go there, it excites me. Aoyama Cemetery is the best place in Tokyo for cherry blossoms. It is me, my camera, and no one else. Well, a few will have a morning walk, with or without a dog. Occasionally, there will be another photographer.  I may as well have had the place to myself.

It’s never crowded. There are no parties or drinking. It is nice and quiet. If you want cherry blossoms and a little solitude in spring, go to Aoyama Cemetery.

Why do I like it so much? It’s the whole package – the graves, the trees, the atmosphere, the view, and the history. Aoyama Cemetery has it all. If I had to single out one thing I like most, I’d say it’s a mix of the graves and trees. Many of the trees are very close to, or over, the tombs. They complement each other so well. It is lovely.

How was my day there in 2017?

Things never go as planned, do they?  I was expecting the trees to be at their very best.  Once again, they weren’t. Such was my luck.  All week, I had said that the cherry blossoms would be at their peak in another day or two.  Each day I thought it would be THE day.  Well, they were almost perfect.  But, being close is only close, no cigar.

Yes, I felt let down but the day was warm and sunny. The trees looked pretty good. It was an enjoyable morning. I was happy. Luckily, the cherry blossoms of Aoyama Cemetery are there every year! It is still my favorite cherry blossom spot.

Have you been to Aoyama Cemetery to see its flowers in spring?  Please tell us about your experience, if you have.  Or let us know where your favorite Tokyo cherry blossom spot is. For those of you with questions or comments, leave them below.

What camera gear did I use for these photos?

Camera Body: Pentax K-3

Lens: PENTAX-DA 18-135mmF3.5-5.6ED AL[IF] DC WR

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