As much as I detest the oppressively unbearable summers in Japan, I love Japanese springtime with an equal measure of passion.
We were blessed to have Hubby’s mother visit us during the zenith of this beautiful season, so we took a trip to Tokyo to experience the new life, fresh growth, and waves of pollen first-hand.
Originally designed for the private enjoyment of powerful Shogun, the Hama-rikyu Botanical Garden offers acres of lush landscape in the center of Japan’s bustling capital city.
There is even a traditional Japanese tea house.
Clearly, I got carried away with photographing the wisteria. However, I was completely unprepared to experience the yae-zakura, or double cherry blossoms!
There was even a 300-year-old pine tree/bush.
Afterward, we went to the pier to take a boat ride. It was as though we viewed an entire timeline of boat construction in a matter of minutes.
After a tour of Tokyo’s waterways, we arrived at our destination: Tokyo Stytree. With a dizzying height of 2,080 feet, it is the tallest building in the world.
As you might expect, the view of the city from the observation deck is unparalleled.
After a long day of sightseeing, we caught a glimpse of a vibrant sunset from our bus window, which signaled an end to a glorious spring day.