We were so tired after the trip that we woke up around noon. We grabbed breakfast for lunch and went to Ueno Park. We chose it for our first day since we were living very close and I hoped to get at least a small glance at blossoming cherry trees.
Ueno Park is very popular among residents, there are few famous and interesting museums and a zoo as well as several temples and shrines. As a park it turned out to be nothing special but was a nice introduction for our Japanese experience.
After we booked our tickets I read that cherry blossom festival – Sakura – happens in Japan more or less when we were coming. Unfortunately, we had bad luck as in Tokyo it usually starts earlier than in the rest of the country – the full blossom started a week before our arrival and by the time we were visiting the city, most of it was already gone.
Luckily I read about it before coming to Tokyo so I wasn’t unpleasantly surprised when we entered Ueno Park. I kept my expectations low, but I wanted to go there anyway.
We entered through the South entrance and went to Kiyomizu Kannon-do temple. Then we walked towards the Shinobazu pond and Benten-do temple. We took the cherry alley which actually was very cherry-depressing at the moment.
Since it was my first time in Asia, obviously everything seemed amazing and exotic and wonderful! And even cheap souvenirs occupying most of the temples’ space didn’t bother me that much. My dream was coming true and that was all that mattered!
Although we didn’t make big distances, the walk took us quite a while and we started to feel hungry again. We left the park and walked around Ueno area looking for a proper place for lunch (or early dinner…). We found a nice and cheap restaurant with tasty food, couldn’t ask for more!
After lunch, we decided to go back to the park. It was already getting dark and V started to show how ridiculous this whole idea of traveling to the other side of the world was. It took us a while before we had the tantrum under control and could peacefully wander around a bit more. Well, coping with jet lag can be quite difficult for a 3yo.
The part I liked the most from the park was a line of low lamps, each featuring a Japanese style art. Beautiful and romantic at dusk!
We passed the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo National Museum and walked to a lovely fountain which… stopped working when I tried to take a photo of it! So rude! ;-) Since V was sleeping and
Since V was sleeping and the fountain was sleeping and everything was covered by night we headed back home.