Sakura featuring tokidoki at Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 4 Centre field tokidoki marquee wagasa umbrellas 2

Sakura season returns to Gardens by the Bay, this time with tokidoki characters!

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 1 Flower Dome entrance closeup

This is the seventh consecutive year that Gardens by the Bay is bringing sakura to the tropics, and also the second to feature an IP (last year’s edition had Hello Kitty). The event also features smaller displays created in collaboration with Ikebana International Singapore and Japanese Association, Singapore. Together with the scenes set up in the main flower field, this year’s Sakura event at Gardens by the Bay offers a viewing experience that keeps unfolding – you’d want to walk around the whole Flower Dome at least twice.

To commemorate the Gardens’ 10th Anniversary and the launch of the Sakura floral display, Gardens by the Bay will offer free entry to Flower Dome to Singaporeans with an orange or blue CHAS card from 5 to 11 March 2022. Eligible visitors can visit the Friends of the Garden centre* in person to redeem for their Flower Dome ticket, subject to availability of time slots.

(*Located at the Canopy, near the entrance to Flower Dome)

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 1 Flower Dome entrance

A classic beginning: Torii gate setup at the first area of the Flower Dome.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 1 Flower Field overview

Here’s an overview of the entire display – featuring a mix of everything, new and old.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 5 koinobori carp streamers

Don’t miss the colourful koinobori (carp streamers).

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 2 Flower Field pathway 1 Torii gate

There’s a handful of torii gates returning for this year – placed at some spots that would be easy for photos.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 2 Flower Field pathway 2

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 2 Flower Field pathway 3 SANDy Cactus Friends kimono

Over at the back lane you can find two tokidoki characters – SANDy from Cactus Friends.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 2 Flower Field pathway 4 Golden Unicorno

One of the Unicorno. See if you can spot the Sakura Unicorno!

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 4 Centre field tokidoki hanami scene 2

The other character, Donutella, is on the other end, near the carp streamers.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 4 Centre field tokidoki marquee marumado

Of course, the centerpiece is the ‘cube’, transformed from the last floral display’s lantern.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 4 Centre field tokidoki marquee wagasa umbrellas

Colourful umbrellas, each with a swirl of cherry blossom petals, form the roof of the centerpiece.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 4 Centre field tokidoki marquee marumado scene

The cube also offers you a marumado (circular window) view into 2 scenes.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 4 Centre field tokidoki marquee marumado scene closeup

The first is a serene garden landscape.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 4 Centre field tokidoki marquee marumado wagashi and furoshiki

The other is a setting of wagashi (and sushi?) and furoshiki, on tatami. Like a tea party of sorts.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 5 Flower Field Ikebana display

Lastly, there are a few ikebana (floral arrangements) set around the fields. Exquisite.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 4 Centre field with tori gate

Now let’s talk about the “state of bloom”. As you’ve noticed, there aren’t photos showing lush plumes of blossoms. I visited on the second day, and most of the trees were still budding.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 3 Cherry blossom budding closeup 2

Just like past year’s events – the “best” state of bloom is sometimes in the middle of the season – rarely in the first week.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 3 Cherry blossom closeup

Likely the peak blooming will coincide with the March school holidays (12 – 20 March), which is probably why the free admission period for eligible CHAS cardholders will not overlap with peak attendance period expected during school break. Be prepared for crowds and book your visit timeslot early to avoid disappointment.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 3 Cherry blossom closeup 2

The good news is there are some (smaller) trees that have already started to bloom, and most visitors gather around these.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 5 cherry blossom trees yet to bloom 1

A row of larger trees can be found near the back (might be moved throughout the event), and appear to be the tall ‘fountain’ variety.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 5 cherry blossom trees yet to bloom 2

There are also some large pots near the carp streamers – these are some of the biggest trees this year, and should look magnificent in full bloom.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 6 tokidoki merchandise at exit store 1

After leaving the Flower Dome, you can grab some tokidoki merchandise at the store.

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 6 tokidoki merchandise at exit store 2

Gardens by the Bay 2022 Sakura featuring tokidoki 6 tokidoki merchandise at exit store 3

The store is also accessible to visitors without a Flower Dome ticket, by using the door near the entrance to Cloud Forest (at Level 1) of the Gardens.


Sakura featuring tokidoki (2022) at Gardens by the Bay

From now till 3 April 2022

Admission to Flower Dome and reservation of entry timeslot are required.

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