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Chidorigafuchi Moat is one of Tokyo's most scenic spots for cherry blossoms. As soon as you exit Kudanshita Station (Tozai and Hanzomon Line), the cherries unfold right before your eyes.
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Cherry blossoms and moat
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Budokan roof
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Slope from Kudanshita Station.
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Path to Tayasu Gate (for Budokan) is lined with many cherries.
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Crowd from Kudanshita Station
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Roof of Budokan
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Roof of Budokan
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Budokan in spring.
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Budokan. The Beatles were the first rock/pop band to play here. They were followed by countless other artists.
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Lionel Richie playing at the Budokan on March 31, 2014.
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Tayasu Gate
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Tayasu Gate
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Walk a little further to see more cherry blossoms along the Chidorigafuchi Moat.
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Cautions for visitors.
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Path starts here to see more Chidorigafuchi cherry blossoms. This part is also lit up at night (see photos below).
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Rowboat dock on right toward the end of Chidorigafuchi Moat.
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Rowboat dock.
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Long line for rowboats. 1,600 yen/hour or 800 yen/30 min.
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The path goes on further. Or you can turn around and head back to Kudanshita.
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Nude sculpture at Chidorigafuchi Moat, Imperial Palace, Tokyo.
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Chidorigafuchi cherry blossoms are also lit up at night.
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Chidorigafuchi lit up at night.
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Horrendous line of people from Kudanshita Station inching their way to the cherry blossoms.Tip: You don't need to stand in this line. Just walk on the right toward the blossoms and keep walking on the side street parallel to the blossoms. You will soon find a way to enter the park.
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Long line to enter the cherry blossom path...I did not stand in this line.
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I slipped in and joined the crowd.
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The crowd admire the night blossoms called yo-zakura.
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Cherry blossoms are beautifully lit up at night in Chidorigafuchi.
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People stream below a tunnel of cherry blossoms at night.
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Blossoms and boat at night
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On July 13, 2009, I went to see the floating lantern festival held on the Chidorigafuchi moat.
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In Japanese, the festival is called Chiyoda-ku Noryo no Yuube. 千代田区納涼の夕べ
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People on rowboats in the moat await darkness.
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Rowing a boat while dressed in yukata.
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Yukata girls in a rowboat.
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Finally, it got dark enough to start releasing the candlelit floating lanterns into the moat.
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Pretty at night with all the lanterns in the Chidorigafuchi moat.
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Floating lanterns in Chidorigafuchi moat.
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There was also singer providing music in the background.
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