Founded in 1629, Koishikawa Kōrakuen is one of Tokyo’s oldest parks, and as such offers several varieties of sakura trees including the early blooming weeping trees often featured in landscape miniatures mimicking famous Japanese locations. Like Koganei Park, Koishikawa Kōrakuen features both plum and sakura trees, which will allow you to take pictures of blooming trees from early March to early April. Please note that a small area of the park is currently under renovation and this will continue at least until the end of 2016.
Pro Photo Tip
This garden has many big sakura trees planted here and there. The main interest of the park is to display them in a variety of decors, all exceptionally Japanese-looking. Moreover, ladies in kimono often come to watch the blossoms during this period. In order to catch this specific atmosphere, explore the park first (it is not so big) and find the scenery you like. Then use a standard zoom lens, between 35mm and 50mm, to frame the blossoms, a part of the garden, possibly some water (there is plenty), and hopefully a lady in a kimono to make your shot a Japanese cliché.If possible try to avoid the middle of the day, since the light is usually too harsh and will bleach the picture. Right after the opening, or a little after 16:00 will offer the best light, remembering that the park closes rather early.
Station : Korakuen Station (Marunouchi & Namboku Lines)
Entrance Fees : A 300 Yen / C Free
Opening hours : 09:00 – 16:30
except every Mondays and and from Dec 29 to Jan 3.
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