Floating around Shinobazu Pond in Ueno

Apr 8th, 2009 | By | Category: Featured Articles, Parks, Gardens & Nature, Tokyo and Vicinity

Ueno Shinobazu Pond Swan Boat Rent yourself a pedal-powered swan and float around Shinobazu pond in Ueno Park – it’s a bit kitschy but still a somewhat graceful way to spend a half hour on a sunny afternoon in Tokyo.

We rented our swan boat during the peak cherry blossom viewing season which offered a break from the crowds admiring the quintessential Japanese blooms and obscuring almost every walkway.  Our float around the pond provided some relaxation and great views of the cherry blossoms!

Ueno Shinobazu Pond Boat

If you aren’t floating away a half hour in a swan, you can rent a more nondescript pedal-powered boat, or go for the traditional row boat like the couple below.

Ueno Shinobazu Pond Rowboat

Looks romantic doesn’t it?  I wouldn’t know – I was in a swan with my mother-in-law sitting between my husband and I…

I still can’t think of a better way to relax on a sunny spring afternoon during cherry blossom season in Japan, can you?

Shinobazu Pond Boat Rental

Take the Shinobazu exit from JR Ueno station and take the short stroll to the east side of Shinobazu Pond.  Take the bridge to Benzaiten Temple and continue past the the temple and across another bridge to the rental boat dock. Ueno Map (PDF)

Cost: Y600 – 700 for 30 minutes depending on which vessel you choose.
Hours:  Daily from 9:30AM – 5PM

Image Credit:  Personal Collection

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  1. looks like fun!

    there is a minor typo where you have “by husband and I”

  2. It was fun and offered a different perspective on the blossoms. It didn’t hurt that it was a beautiful sunny day either :)

    Thanks for catching the typo – it’s fixed now.

  3. i’ll definitely keep this mind if I am in Japan during this time of year

  4. Beautiful way of hanami’ng — especially love the second picture. Would be great if you can share more hanami pictures with us! :)

  5. the pink trees look as if they spun cotton candy. The white, more of what I am use to–a winter wonderland.
    Beautiful Shane!

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