Japan’s Sakura season came early this year. We lucked out with it coinciding with the kids’ term break so we took a short trip try to catch them.
Off to Tokyo in the middle of the night…
Haneda here we come!
We were greeted by Fuji-san as we arrived.
The counter to pick up the SIM and train cards weren’t open yet so we headed up to the observation deck to kill some time.
The weather is great and the cool air woke the kids up.
No… couldn’t see any Sakura yet.
We stayed in the apartment hotel Mimaru Ueno North in er… Ueno.
The room is big by Tokyo standards.
With 4 beds! It also comes with a full kitchen with utensils.
Enjoying her first time on a bunk bed.
Once unpacked and ready it was time to head out to Ueno Park, which is about 8 minutes walk away. Note the bare trees on this street. Will be revisiting this scene at the end of the trip….
They don’t usually eat and drink while walking either…
Sakura can wait. First, we need to feed the savage beast some fried chicken chop from Family Mart. A must buy every day. I was assured that Family Mart’s chicken chop beats the ones from 7-11 and Lawson’s. Yep… tried all 3.
Ueno Station has an old train station vibe.
The Ueno park entrance is flanked by 3 Sakura trees that have bloomed early hence the crowds around them.
Walking further into the park we saw that only some of the trees were starting to bloom. This would be a running theme throughout the trip.
Not sure what the birds were feeding on but there were a lot of them. Luckily we didn’t get shat on.
Amazingly packed with blooms.
Managed to get a shot clear without the crowd.
We then walked over to Ameyayokocho, a street market. In the old days after WW2, this place was where you’d get blackmarket US products. Hence the name ‘Ame…’. Get it?
Street food galore.
Love the Japanese restaurant billboards.
And man did we eat on this trip! 1 of 4 food collages.
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Photos taken with the Sony A7III + Sony 24-105mm F4 +
Sony 35mm F2.8 + Sony 55mm F1.8 and Canon G5X