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How to get the best photos at Sarue Onishi Park

Sarue-Onishi Park is different from the parks I usually feature on this website.  Those have something for photographers in almost every season.  Sarue-Onishi has only its cherry blossoms.  If you go there with a camera, spring is the best time.

Sarue-Onishi Park clock tower

Honestly, I can’t see the appeal for photographers.  Yes, throughout the year, it has everything anyone could want.  If you’re going to jog, you can do it. If you want to have a picnic, you can do it.  Children can run around in it.  If you want to play tennis or baseball, you can do it (contact the park for details).  You can do any activity there as long as it doesn’t annoy anyone (yes, the park rules say that!).  It’s good for doing fun things.  

people playing in Sarue-Onishi Park

There is even a clock tower in the lawn area. Tokyo Skytree is behind it, in the distance. But that, by itself, isn’t hugely interesting. For photographers, it has little appeal.


Sarue-Onishi lacks the great gardens or beautiful ponds. You need to go there in spring. When the trees bloom, the park comes alive. That is the season I would always choose to photograph this park.

Sarue-Onishi Park cherry blossoms

Japan’s Imperial Family originally owned the area.  In 1924, they gave the southern part of Sarue-Onishi to the city to celebrate the Showa Emperor’s marriage.  The municipal government opened it to the public in 1932.  In 1981, the north side followed.  

Tokyo Skytree behind cherry blossoms

The pond in the park was once part of a lumberyard.  Logs were floated in it until needed.  Stones were placed on them as ballast.  Many of those rocks now ring the pool.  Yes, Sarue-Onishi Park has some local history. 

Sarue-Onishi Park old lumber pool

Why do photographers like Sarue-Onishi Park?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot.  The limited list includes:

  • Clocktower
  • Cherry blossoms in spring.  On the east side of Tokyo, this is one of the best places for them
  • People playing tennis
  • It is ideal if you need a free place to practice your model photography.

Problems with the park 

  • Many mothers and their children will be in the park in the afternoon.  That can make photography hard on occasion.
  • A major road splits it in two.
  • During summer, the grass can get a little high (but that mightn’t bother some people, I must admit).
  • For photography, there is little except for cherry blossoms in spring. 
Sarue-Onishi Park road under cherry blossoms

Where is Sarue-Onishi Park?

It is easy to get to as two stations are nearby:

  • Sumiyoshi is closest.  Leave it by exit A3, and you’ll be a couple of minutes’ walk away and;
  • Kinshicho station is a fifteen-minute walk!

Here is a Google map:

Opening hours

Open twenty-four hours a day

Admission costs

Free

Sarue-Onishi Park tennis courts

Other photo spots near Sarue-Onishi Park

Wrapping up

If you live in the area or not too far away, Sarue-Onishi Park is an excellent place to relax.  But, if you are looking for a park to photograph, go in spring when the cherry blossoms bloom.  Its trees are magnificent.

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