Woke up at 5plus in the morning to try to get to Ueno Park early to avoid the crowds. But somehow even upon arriving there before 6:30am, the place wasn't as empty as I'd hoped. There were many TV station camera crews here as well, doing their morning show's segments, and also interviewing people.
|This was before 6:30am in the morning.|
|recycling bins for Hanami go-ers.|
|Yeah, check out the group of people from the TV stations. There were 4 different teams.|
Since there's Pandas at the Ueno Zoo, therefore you can find many Panda themed products/food at shops in Ueno area.
|Inside Ueno station.|
|Bought 1 of these. It's a mini sized Tonkatsu burger (pork cutlet) from 1 of my fav Tonkatsu brand (Maisen). Costs about 350yen for 1 of these. Well, I will need breakfast anyway.|
|Bought this too. From a small supermarket at Ueno station. The choc is nice, plus I like Pikachu too.|
Since I hate taking the extremely crowded trains during the rush hour, therefore I chose to take a short ride from Ueno station to Oji station to go to the Asukayama Park just opposite Oji station to enjoy a much more peaceful Sakura viewing and also spend some time to wait for rush hour to be over.
|Map of Asukayama Park|
Since this park is pretty much unknown to most foreign tourists, therefore it is a contrast to the extremely crowded Ueno Park just a few stops away. It's pretty empty but it's also filled with Sakura trees.
|Found a nice bench under a Sakura tree, and had my breakfast while reading my e-book.|
|My breakfast which I bought earlier in the morning from Ueno station. Yummy!|
|Playground area at Asukayama Park.|
|I sat on this swing for about 30mins, enjoying the cool air and watching the world pass by. Hadn't been on a swing for ages...|
|walking towards the station|
|Walking down these steps to get to Oji station.|
Finally, rush hour's about over, and am leaving Oji station and headed for Akihabara.
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