10 Best Places to See the Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo
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In Japan, sakura season usually lasts from late March to early April. If you’re in Tokyo, there are plenty of places where you can see the cherry blossoms in all their glory. We list some of them below!
Ueno Onshi Park
Many people enjoy picnics and dinner parties under the cherry blossom tunnel.
With about 800 cherry trees in more than 50 different varieties, Ueno Onshi Park is, unsurprisingly, one of the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo. Located near Ueno Station, it is 53 hectares big and is home to a zoo and several museums. During sakura season, expect many events and activities around Shinobazunoike, the grounds of Kiyomizukannondo, and the square in front of the large fountain. You may even get to see sakura with paper lanterns when it gets dark. If you’re going to be in town during this time, try to catch the Ueno Sakura Festival as well.
At night, the paper lanterns give the cherry blossoms a different vibe.
Insider tip: There are plenty of gourmet food shops around Ueno Station. You can buy your food there before you enter the park.
Ueno Park is located around 3 Ikenohata and Ueno Koen, Taito District, Tokyo. It is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
The beautiful cherry blossoms on both sides of the river spread on each other. There is plenty to look at since they look different upstream and downstream/Meguro River
About 800 cherry blossom trees spanning the length of Ikejiri-ohashi to Meguro Station stand elegantly on both sides of the Meguro River. For a better appreciation of the flowers, go on the 70-minute Meguro River Cherry Blossom Viewing Cruise (¥4,500 for adults) anytime from March 21 to April 14 (reservations are needed) or follow the walking trail downstream for a more leisurely pace.
The cruise ships start from Shinagawa Tennouzu Yamatsu Pia.
Insider tip: Whether you’re going on the cruise or following the walking trail, make sure to watch for the beautiful cherry blossom arch that hangs over the river upstream from Saikachibashi.
Meguro River is located around 2 Shimomeguro and 3 Higashiyama, Meguro District, Tokyo.
The park is filled with people during the trees’ full bloom, so make sure you don’t stop in one spot for very long.
Just three minutes away on foot from Harajuku Station, this 540-thousand-square-meter park is right in the center of Tokyo. During spring, about 600 cherry blossom trees bloom in the park, creating an IG-worthy cherry blossom tunnel.
Insider tip: There are many entry points to Yoyogi Park. You can get there from JR Harajuku Station, Tokyo Metro Meiji-jingumae (Harajuku) Station, Yoyogi-kouen Station, and Odakyu line Yoyogi-hachiman Station.
Yoyogi Park is located at 2-1 Yoyogikamizono-cho, Shibuya District, Tokyo.
The beautiful cherry blossoms bloom gorgeously along the river.
With 260 cherry blossom trees spanning 700 meters, Chidorigafuchi gives tourists a picturesque view of the sakura trees in full bloom. You can take a boat ride to enjoy the blossoms from the river, take photos of the flowers from the rooftop of the Chidorigafuchi boat place, or admire the landscape from Kitanomaru Park. During the Sakura Festival, you might also see the cherry blossom trees lit up.
Insider tip: If you’re planning to stop by Chidorigafuchi, you might as well schedule a trip to cherry-blossom viewing spots such as Yasukuni Shrine and Kitanomaru Park nearby.
Chidorigafuchi is located around Sanbancho and 2 Kudanminami, Chiyoda District, Tokyo.
The contrast of the blue water and the pink cherry blossoms looks bright. There are houseboats and water-buses.
A popular site for cherry blossoms since the Edo period, Sumida Park is composed of 350 trees in Sumida-ku and about 600 trees in Taito-ku. During blooming season, about 1,000 paper lanterns are lit at night, so people can experience the cherry blossoms in a different way.
Insider tip: In the park, cherry blossom trees that bloom at different times, such as Someiyoshino and Kanzan, were planted, so you can enjoy them for longer.
Sumida Park is located around Mukojima, Sumida District, Tokyo.
Many people visit the shrine during the blooming season.
To determine Japan’s sakura forecast, the country’s meteorological bureau refers to a designated cherry blossom tree among the 500 sakura trees centered on Someiyoshino within the grounds of the 150-year-old Yasukuni Shrine.
Insider tip: Catch the sakura trees in full bloom in nearby cherry-blossom viewing sites like the Imperial Palace inner moat, the Chidorigafuchi pedestrian path, and Sotobori Bank.
Yasukuni Shrine is located at 3-1-16 Kudankita, Chiyoda District, Tokyo. It is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during March to October months.
The first light-up this year is scheduled in the middle of April.
With about 1,000 cherry blossom trees in 65 different varieties and Shinjuku’s tall buildings in the background, Shinjuku Gyoen makes for a truly picturesque scene. What’s even better is that the blooming term is long, allowing you to admire the flowers for longer. P.S. Alcohol and toys (outside the children’s area) are prohibited.
Insider tip: The flowers usually bloom in late spring, so it’s better to visit Shinjuku Gyoen from middle to late April. If you time your visit perfectly, you may even get a chance to see Ichiyou, a kind of double cherry blossom variety that blooms in the middle of April.
Shinjuku Gyoen is located at 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku District, Tokyo. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (6 p.m. on March 19) daily except on Mondays (closed the next day if Monday is a holiday). Open daily from March 25 to April 24, 2019.
You can walk slowly on the trail, which is one step above the road.
The two-kilometer trail that runs from JR Iidabashi Station to Yotsuya Station turns into a cherry blossom path in spring. With 240 trees within the grounds and about 730 more on the other side of the river in bloom, Sotobori Park is quite a sight to behold during peak sakura season. The fallen petals floating on the surface of the river are also no less stunning. Don’t have time to walk around? The view from the train is also great.
Insider tip: The trail is one level above the road, so you can walk around without worrying too much about vehicles—perfect if you’re traveling with children.
Sotobori Park is located around Gobancho and 2 Fujimi, Chiyoda District, Tokyo.
Enjoy cherry-blossom viewing with lunch in the center space with grass.
This is one of the largest parks in Tokyo with large and small channels that run through the area. There are currently about 770 cherry blossom trees in the park for people to enjoy. You can hold a picnic right in the center or, if you’re traveling with small children, head over to the playground.
Insider tip: If you missed cherry blossom season in Tokyo, you can still catch the hanashoubu or Japanese iris in the park in June.
Mizumoto Park is located at 3-26 Mizumoto Koen, Katsushika District, Tokyo.
Cherry blossom viewing area with cherry blossoms everywhere. View of night blossoms is also recommended.
About 1,000 cherry blossom trees in different varieties that bloom at different times are planted at Toneri Park. Famously called Toneri Thousand Cherry Trees, this park plays host to the Thousand Cherry Tree Festival held on the weekends when the trees are in full bloom. During this time, expect a lot of exhibits, street performances, and light-up events.
Insider tip: While there, do check out the Reagan Cherry Tree, a nursery tree planted from a Someiyoshino that the wife of 40th American President Ronald Reagan sent. The tree was originally sent to the US in 1912 and was eventually returned to Japan.
Toneri Park is located at 1-16 Toneri Koen, Adachi District, Tokyo.
Provided by Japan WalkerTM, WalkerplusTM, and Tokyo WalkerTM (1 March 2019)