Chidorigafuchi and Kitanomaru Park are great places to see cherry blossoms in central Tokyo. It was a little cold and cloudy day on March 30 2013. But many people visited there to see cherry blossoms. Japanese people love cherry blossoms very much.
There were rental boats at the moat of Chidorigafuchi. The boat pier was not crowded on this day. I had be able to get on the boat without waiting. So I was lucky. Because, if it was a beautiful sunny day, I might wait two to four hours to get on it. This was the first experience to got on the boat here.
View from the boat was also very nice. It was different from the land. Cherry blossoms were blooming toward surface of water just like fall down. If you have time, do you try it? Fee was 800 yen for one boat 30 min. Two adults and one child can get on one boat.
The Imperial Palace is just center of central Tokyo. Chidorigafuchi and Kitanomaru Park are north side of the Imperial Palace. The nearest stations are Kudanshita Station or Hanzomon Station. Both are subway stations. Kudanshita Station is north side and Hanzomon Station is west side. When you visit there, you had better to choose by a railway which is convenient for you. I recommend Kudanshita Station. Because Kudanshita Station is nearer the moat and the park.
The left side of below photo is Chidorigafuchi and Kitanomaru Park, and the right side is a large shrine. This shrine is also a famous place for cherry blossoms. During cherry blossoms festival, many stands sell their foods and drinks at the shrine. Many people came by trains, cars and sightseeing buses. Travel agencies hold bus tours to see cherry blossoms. Many buses were staying on this road to pick up their customers.
People also visited the shrine. Some guards directed traffic at a crossing. You can see a tall torii in this photo. Torii is a gate which divides the holy shrine and real world.
There was a pedestrian path along Chidorigafuchi moat. It was crowded.
Many foreign visitors also enjoyed cherry blossoms. So, an English notice also were there.
Water of the moat flattered cherry blossoms. Their contrast was so beautiful.
People cannot hold a place by mats at Chidorigafuchi. Kitanomaru Park is OK. Many people enjoyed parties at Kitanomaru Park. Kitanomaru Park was quiet. It was a comfortable place.