Some of the Best Cherry-Blossom Viewing Spots in Japan Are Just Outside Tokyo
The views are definitely worth the trip.
Tokyo has an abundance of beautiful parks and gardens from which you can admire sakura trees during spring, but if you venture outside the city limits, you'll find wide, open spaces and even beautiful mountains colored with cherry blossom trees in different varieties. We list down some of them below:
Showa Kinen Park
In this park, which is 39 times the size of Tokyo Dome, spring flowers, such as cherry blossoms, rapeseeds, and tulips bloom one after another from the end of March to the end of May. If you're after the sakura, however, make sure to visit sometime around the end of March to mid-April when the flowers are at their best. Make your way to the Sakura Garden, which is located on the north side of the Minna-no-harappa area. The cherry blossoms in the Sakura-gi-en area are also beautiful.
During this time, several interesting events, such as a photo exhibit of famous cherry-blossom viewing places in Tokyo and workshops that use the sakura trees, among others, are also held. You can even catch a light-up event called Yozakura sanpo four days during the full bloom from March 23 to April 7.
At Fureai Bashi, you can get a good look at the flowers.
Insider tip: Fureai Bashi is a scenic spot for photographs. You can view the light pink Yoshino cherry, deep pink Taiwan cherry, and yellow weeping forsythia.
Showa Kinen Park is located at 3173, Midori-cho, Tachikawa City, Tokyo and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The opening hour varies, depending on the season. During the light-up period, it opens to 8 p.m. Showa Kinen Park is only five minutes away from Nishi-tachikawa Station; admission fee is ¥450 for adults.
Inokashira Onshi Park
About 500 cherry blossom trees, including the double-flowered cherry blossoms and the weeping cherry blossoms, surround Inokashira pond. The trees bending so closely down the water and the fallen flower petals floating on the surface create such a dramatic scene that you can't not take photos. For the best views, you can view the cherry blossoms from the Nanai Bridge built over the center of the pond.
Located near Inokashira Koen Station and Kichijoji Station, the park is easily accessible. While you're in the area, you might want to visit Nishien (western park) as well.
Insider tip: Enjoy the sakura from a different view. Take a boat ride (each boat can seat 3 people) anytime from 10 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. For?700, you can spend an hour taking it all in. We also recommend you to enjoy the sakura at night.
Inokashira Onshi Park is located at 1-18-31, Gotenyama, Musashino City, Tokyo. Open 365 days a year, they hold a light-up event from sunset to 10 p.m. during sakura season. Admission is free.
Takiyama Park, with an altitude of 160 meters, is a natural park found within the ruins of Takiyama castle, a national historical monument. In spring, about 3,000 cherry blossom trees, such as the Yoshino tree, Prunus jamasakura, and Oshima cherry blossoms, bloom on the hillside. On April 6, they hold the Ruins of Takiyama Castle Cherry Blossom Festival.
Insider tip: As there are pathways in the park, we recommend hanami hiking. The cherry blossom trees that are located around the Naka-no-maru, the enclosure inside the castle, are especially beautiful.
Takiyama Park is located at Takatsuki-machi and Tangi-machi, Hachioji City, Tokyo. It is open all year around and admission is free.
Koganei Park is a large park that is 80 hectares big. In spring, about 1,700 cherry blossom trees in 50 different varieties bloom here. During peak sakura season, they hold the Koganei Sakura Festival.
Insider tip: Sakura-no-en is a noted area with a wide variety of cherry blossom trees that you can enjoy for a long time.
Koganei Park is located at 1-13-1, Sekino-cho, Koganei City, Tokyo. It is open 365 days a year and admission is free.
About 500 cherry blossom trees bloom from both sides of Kotta River. From the end of March to early April, table lamps with paper shades are set on both sides of the riverbank. You can also look forward to their Sakura Festival, which is tentatively scheduled from March 31 and April 7.
Insider tip: Walk along the riverside for a closer look at the cherry blossoms.
The cherry blossoms along Kotta River are located between Tsurumaki 1 and Hiirigaoka 1, Tama City, Tokyo.
Japan's first garden cemetery has about 1,200 cherry blossom trees on-site, including the Yoshino cherry blossoms, Prunus jamasakura, and weeping cherry blossoms. Make sure to visit in the daytime as there are no light-up events at night.
Insider tip: You can view the row of cherry blossom trees along Bus Street first.
Tama Cemetery is located at 4-628, Tama-cho, Fuchu City, Tokyo. It is open 365 days a year and admission is free.
In the spring, the scene around the lake is colored by Yoshino cherry blossom trees and Prunus jamasakura. The sakura trees growing around the mountain also bloom during the season.
Insider tip: Get the best view of the cherry blossoms from Mugiyama no Ukihashi, a bridge that crosses the lake.
Okutama Lake is located at Hara, Okutama-cho, Nishitama District, Tokyo. It is open 365 days a year and admission is free.
Fussa Sakura Namiki
Imagine 2.5 kilometers of cherry blossom trees stretching along Tama River. This is why Fussa Sakura Namiki is the best place for cherry blossom viewing in Fussa City. If you're traveling in the area, try to catch the Fussa Sakura Festival from March 30 to April 7.
Insider tip: During the Fussa Sakura Festival, there are refreshment booths and festival music. The cherry blossoms are also beautifully lit up at night.
Fussa Sakura Namiki is located at 1-12-1, Minamidenen, Fussa City, Tokyo. They hold light ups from sunset to 9 p.m. from March 30 to April 7. It is open 365 days a year and admission is free.
University Street and Sakura Street
University Street starts from Kunitachi Station to the south, while Sakura Street runs from the east to the west from the southern point of University Street. Between these two, you'll have no shortage of sakura trees to admire. Try to catch the Kunitachi Cherry Blossom Festival at Yaho Park No. 3 on April 6 and 7 and the light-up event along University Street from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from March 24 to April 7.
Insider tip: You can take the best photos from the footbridge across University Street.
University Street and Sakura Street are located at 2-34, Fujimidai, Kunitachi City, Tokyo. They are open 365 days a year and admission is free.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, Tokyo Walker™ (1 March 2019)