Mitaka – Inokashira Park

After visiting Ghibli Museum, we proceeded to the Inokashira Park which is next to it.  According to Wikipedia, this park opened on 1 May 1918, under the name Inokashira Onshi Kōen (井の頭恩賜公園), so the park was considered a gift from the emperor to the general public.

The park has a small temple dedicated to Benzaiten (弁才天, Hindu goddess Saraswati), a petting zoo and a small aquarium.  Since we did not go there on a weekend or holiday, it was not too crowded.  To our pleasant surprise, when we approached the part where many cherry trees are grown, there were cherry blossoms!

Close up of the pink sakura 🙂

It was already the last week of April and we definitely did not expect to see so many cherry trees still in full bloom, so we really found ourselves very lucky. 🙂

If you should go to Mitaka for your next Tokyo/ Japan trip, do drop by Inokashira Park for you may be in for some pleasant surprise like what we had! ^^

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