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My first hanami at Zojoji in 2022

I’ve never experienced a real hanami at Zojoji.  Well, I’ve been to the temple many times.  It must be one of my most visited places in Tokyo.  But, I’ve never spent time there photographing the cherry blossoms.  In 2022 I rectified that.  I finally spent a morning there photographing the trees.  It was a great day.

Zojoji temple and Tokyo Tower

What can I say about the cherry blossoms at Zojoji?  I’ve already said they were great, but what else?  Tokyo Tower was in the background!  That made things special.  To have these two together with the trees made my day.

Jizo statues hanami at Zojoji

And it was made more special by the weather.  It was perfect.  We had blue skies with a few clouds.  I couldn’t have asked for anything more. But I did.


Before I went, I prayed few visitors would be there.  Guess what?  Someone upstairs listened, which surprised me.  As it was a Monday morning, the grounds were almost empty.  I didn’t have to wait for people to move or wait in line for my turn to take pictures.

Daishonsho hanami at Zojoji

Actually, I had a motivating factor for going to Zojoji.  I wanted a photo of Daibonsho (Big Bell) with the cherry blossom trees.  Some of the pics I’ve seen on the web have been very good.  But, I really wanted one of my own.  I think I can say mission accomplished for this one.

Tokyo Tower hanami at Zojoji

Most of my photos centered around the bell, the temple and the jizo statues.  That was because the trees were there.  The places I didn’t photograph much were Daitokuin and Sangedatsumon, the two gates.  There weren’t many trees around them.

hanami at Zojoji with Tokyo skyscrapers

I didn’t take every photo from within the temple grounds.  One was from Shiba Park.  Another was from between the street next to Tokyo Prince Hotel.  But whatever, I was happy with what I got.

Tokyo Tower and cherry blossoms

This year I changed my approach to cherry blossoms.  In past years, I concentrated on parks.  But it was so nice to see the flowers around buildings.  I might find more places to do this from now.

hanami at Zojoji with Tokyo Tower

After my first hanami at Zojoji, I went to:

It was an excellent day of cherry blossoms in Tokyo. Hopefully, next year will be the same! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

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