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Lovely in the summertime
There are numerous different places to enjoy lotus flowers in bloom during summer in Japan, but for convenience's sake it's hard to go past Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park. I think it presents a beautiful contrast -- the striking pink and green of the lotus flowers set against the backdrop of the cityscape...it really summarizes to me the contrasts that Japan serves up as a whole.
Shinobazu Pond in Ueno
Going to the parks is the easiest way to have that nature vibe in Tokyo. One of my favorites is going to Ueno Park. I like the park because it is wide enough to explore, and there are many things to see and do. It depends where you start, though, but you can go directly to Shinobazu Pond. You will see the pretty lotuses with their flowers bloom in vibrant pink, especially in the Summer. If you want to have some fun, you can go boating and ride the swan boats to cool off.
The park for all seasons
Ueno Park is famous for its cherry blossoms in Spring and Autumn leaves in Fall. The Winter season is not an exception not to visit the park. I was surprised how calm the park looks and the color of the trees are still beautiful even though they look ordinary in the cold season. If you want some quiet place just to relax and enjoy the moment Ueno park is for you. Go ahead and explore the area, for sure it has many surprises for you to discover.
Bentendo and lotus viewing
Any time of year, Shinobazu Pond at Ueno Park is a great place to visit. Spring cherry blossom viewing as you stroll is lovely here. In summer, the lotuses in the pond are huge, and below them, you might spot terrapins, turtles, and koi. I usually pay my respects at the Bentendo, the temple to Benzaiten on the island in the middle of the pond. At festival times, there are processions, lanterns, and yatai out front on the promenade. One of my memorable winter visits was an encounter with an elderly resident and the birdlife. An elderly man waved me over, placed mixed grains in my hand, told me to stretch my hand out, and not move. Tiny birds gently landed on my arm and gobbled up all the grain. Another time, at Obon, I watched a procession of monks playing a solemn tune on shakuhachi as they circled the park. The place is magic.
5-20 Uenokoen, Taito City, Tokyo 110-0007