Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya

Some of the decorative lanterns for the Sakura festival.

Some of the decorative lanterns for the Sakura festival.

Sakuragaoka-cho is located close to Shibuya Station just on the other side of Route 246. I have lived and worked here for a number of years, and it feels like a second home, or maybe it is my first one now. Although, I now live in Shinagawa, my company still has an office in Sakuragaoka-cho, just in behind the Cerulean Tower (Google Japan office).

At the moment, the Cherry Blossoms are out and Sakuragaoka-cho is living up to its name ^_^.

A little bit of Sakura to be seen in Sakuragaka-cho. Nice against a dark background rather.

A little bit of Sakura to be seen in Sakuragaka-cho. Nice against a dark background rather.

The annual festival for Sakuragaoka-cho is coming up and the pink signs are all out.

The annual festival for Sakuragaoka-cho is coming up and the pink signs are all out.

This is a beautiful hill that has a great set of Sakura trees. At night time it lights are shone at the trees for yozakura.

This is a beautiful hill that has a great set of Sakura trees. At night time it lights are shone at the trees for yozakura.

Meanwhile, back at Shibuya Station,

I am sure there are plenty of fans for these guys.

I am sure there are plenty of fans for these guys.

The weather is picking up and plenty of people are out in Shibuya waiting to meet friends.

The weather is picking up and plenty of people are out in Shibuya waiting to meet friends.

Tsutaya, now a well known landmark building in front of Shibuya Statiion.

Tsutaya, now a well known landmark building in front of Shibuya Statiion.

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  1. Arashi! haha
    I really enjoy looking at the photographs. Every photo looks so pretty and lively. Makes me feel like I’m on the streets of Shibuya haha

  2. Short but powerful photowalk ! Thanks for the pictures :]
    You mention the annual festival for Sakuragaoka-cho is coming up.
    Makes me wonder; it’s about two and a half years ago since the time I decided to frequent Tokyo for a bi-annual trip that I did allot of research into the nicest time to go (so far for me that’s November, and April) and I was also looking at the local matsuri in each ward.
    Yet this is described almost nowhere on the internets; I know there’s tons of Matsuri going on, but it seems only the most prominent or tourist-attracting ones are ever advertised; think of the “penis” festival, or the drum festival in Narita. These local festivals; are they more something you’d see/participate if you were living in said ward/area ? As otherwise I’d have no clue how people would know when or where these are πŸ™‚ Unless offcourse .. you’re googling Japanese sites; unfortunately my Kanji reading is non-existant πŸ™‚

    • Even if you live locally, the local matsuris sometimes are hard to find out about. Most of the ones I have been to I happened upon by chance. There are flyers up sometimes to alert you, but with so much information around you often miss things. The scale of the festivals are much smaller, so normally it is just local people attending. They can be nice though because they are smaller and more friendly.

      Have to agree, April and November are two great times of the year to visit.

  3. Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya, Japan Tokyo Photo Walk http://bit.ly/9a6nS9 Another Sakura season is upon us. A time of color and festivities. Spring has sprung or is it sprang? Haha. πŸ™‚ The photos you take are memories that no one can take away. A colorful reminder that a new season is upon us. Always look forward to these types of photos.
    And I am very glad that I have got to meet you, if only through your blog. i feel I could really be at ease living there. Hopefully some day that will come to be able to visit. and also to read about all the others that are posting responses to the photos you take and the stories behind them.
    Domo arigato to Shibuya246 (Alan)
    Ja mata ne.

  4. Looks like it’s sakura season again! There is a small neighborhood near my house that is lined with sakura trees. Waiting eagerly for them to bloom =D

    BTW Alan, I sent you an email asking if you could help me buy some neckties in a store that’s pretty close to your office (less than 1 km away). Not sure if you got the email, but your help would be super appreciated. If you think you can help, please email me at andy [at] protocolsnow.com so I can give you some more info.