Hanami at Ueno Park

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One of the main reasons why I recently visited Japan was to take part in a beautiful tradition which the Japanese refer to as “hanami” or cherry blossom viewing. There are several places to see the cherry blossoms but the most popular place in Tokyo is Ueno Park. It’s a spacious public park that boasts over 1,000 cherry or sakura trees (can you imagine?!) and it’s easily accessible from Ueno Station. It has always been on my travel wish list to see sakura trees in Japan and I was really lucky with the timing of my trip. The sakura trees almost created some sort of pink and white canopy – it was a visual feast! Be sure to put hanami in Tokyo on your travel wish list and go straight to Ueno Park. There’s no shortage of things to do as the park also features several museums, temples, galleries and a zoo!

If you’re planning to visit Tokyo, I have good news! Jetstar Japan, Japan’s largest low-cost carrier, now offers up to seven direct flights a week between Manila and Tokyo. I love the fact that they operate the first direct flight to Tokyo’s Narita Airport and the last flight back to NAIA, giving travelers more time in Japan’s bustling capital.

Coat, Uniqlo
Turtleneck, H&M
Sunglasses, Fly Shades

Disclaimer: My flight to and from Tokyo was sponsored by Jetstar Airways but all thoughts and experiences shared are my own.

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