Just behind the Imperial Palace East Garden entrance, the Chidorigafuchi Moat features hundreds of sakura trees, lining each side of the moat. Incredibly picturesque when in full bloom, the Chidorigafuchi Moat is among the most famous hanami spots in Japan. To make things even more magical it is possible to rent a rowboat for peaceful hanami cruise. If you are lucky enough to come late in the season, you will have the chance to see the moat water turn into a magnificent parterre of petals.Keep in mind also that the sakura trees along the canal are illuminated in the evenings, offering magnificent and unique views of the blossoms.
Pro Photo Tip
Due to the moat’s design, a good 70-200mm is the perfect weapon of choice when shooting at Chidorigafuchi. With most subjects rather far away, the 200mm makes a lot of sense, while zooming backwards to 70mm will allow you to capture nice perspectives along the canal. Occasionally a good 35mm or 50mm may help widening the frame making for some sumptuous shooting under a beautiful blue sky.
Station : Kudanshita (Hanzomon & Shinjuku Lines)
Entrance Fees : Free
Opening hours : 24H.
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