East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Tour Report on April 1,2017 Saturday

East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Thank you for all the guests kindly joining our regular tour on April 1. We had no less than 89 guests from 20 countries, and 16 volunteer guides. We divided into 6 groups and enjoyed the tour.

It was a cold day. I don’t believe it was April. And we had a light rainfall but I could walk without an umbrella.

Usually it’s time when cherry blossoms were in full bloom, especially Somei-Yoshino cherry blossoms were in full bloom. Somei-Yoshino cherry is a kind of cherry trees and is the most popular in Japan. The Somei-Yoshino cherry tree is hybrid of Edo-Higan and Ooshima cherry trees invented by the people living in Somei village in Edo in the late Edo period.


The Somei-Yoshino cherry blossoms in The Imperial Palace East Garden are in only 30% bloom. I see it had been cold in March. Still we are looking forward to blooms of cherry blossoms.


But there are white cherry blossoms which are in full bloom. (I’m sorry I don’t know the name of the kind of this cherry tree.) Most of the guests were takeing a lot of pictures.