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The 6 best spots for cherry blossom in Tokyo

Home » The 6 best spots for cherry blossom in Tokyo The 6 best spots for cherry blossom in Tokyo

In late March and early April, the start of spring is brightly announced with the arrival of the blooming of the cherry blossom. The whole city appears to wake up from winter as the city is blanketed in beautiful sakura. ‘Hanami’ or cherry blossom viewing is a Japanese ritual and can take many forms. Whether it is a quiet stroll along a blossom lined avenue, eating your bento under a cherry tree or a raucous picnic party with friends or coworkers nothing signals the end of winter than the blooming of the cherry blossom. Here are our recommendations for the best 6 places to ‘Hanami’.

1.Chidorigafuchi Moat

The Chidorigafuchi moat around the imperial palace is lined with hundreds of Sakura trees and is the perfect place to see the cherry blossom in full bloom. It’s possible to rent a boat to row in the moat (though the lines are long). It’s stunningly beautiful and rightly one of the most famous places in Japan to see the cherry blossom.

  • Best for a historic stroll.
  • Nearest station: Kudanshita (Hanzomon, Tozai or Shinjuku lines)
  • Nearby sights: Budoukan theater, Yasakuni Shrine.

For open hours and more info : official website

Images Referrence:Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau.

2.Shinjuku Gyoen

This 144-acre park in the bustling neighborhood of Shinjuku really is an oasis of calm in the big city. The park has 1500 Sakura trees with more than 10 varieties. The huge park with its open lawns means it’s possible to find a spot to picnic. The Park also has a traditional Japanese garden, an English garden, a French garden, and a large greenhouse housing interesting tropical plants. The 200 yen entrance fee, the restricted hours (the park closes at 6 pm) and a no alcohol policy make Shinjuku Gyoen a calmer place to enjoy the blossom.

  • Best for a family picnic.
  • Nearest station: Shinjuku Gyoen-Mae (Marunouchi line)

For open hours and more info : Gyoen official website

Images Referrence:The National Garden Associates

 

3.Ueno Park

One of Tokyo’s oldest parks, the large 133 acre Ueno park has about 1000 sakura trees that fill the park and surround the Shinobazu pond. It’s one of the most popular places to ‘Hanami’ and it’s a great place to see large groups of coworkers or friends letting down their hair and enjoying the Sakura. It can be very crowded and the lack of lawns means it’s not the most comfortable place to have a picnic but it’s definitely worth checking out.

  • Best for seeing the wilder side of Japanese Hanami parties.
  • Nearest station: JR Ueno
  • Nearby sights: Ueno Park is famous for housing numerous museums and a zoo. The nearby Ameyoko market is a great place to shop or enjoy some beers and yakitori.

For open hours and more info :Ueno Park Official Website

Images Referrence:Wikipedia

4.Inokashira park

The large Inokashira park located near the charming neighborhood of Kichijoji, considered one of the most desirable places to live and known for its hip laidback atmosphere, is home to some 1000 sakura trees and a large boating lake. The area is home to several universities and the park is a popular spot for students. There is plenty of space to picnic and the lake is beautiful when surrounded by blossom.

  • Best for a picnic.
  • Nearest station: Kichijoji (JR Chuo line, Keio Inokashira line)
  • Nearby sights: Kichijoji is famous for its old school ‘shoutengai’ shopping arcade and the rowdy harmonica yokocho (drinking alleys). The Ghibli Museum is also located in nearby Mitaka.

For open hours and more info :Official Website

5.Meguro River

The stretch of the Meguro River located near Nakameguro station is lined with about 700 trees. The area is a young hip neighborhood well known for its small cafes, bars, and boutiques. During Sakura season the trees are lit up at night making it the perfect place for some ‘Yozakura’ nighttime viewing. Space is limited so the opportunity to picnic is limited however many of the bars and cafés that line the river open up stalls selling food, beer, and wine.

  • Best for a nighttime stroll with street food and drinks.
  • Nearest station: Nakameguro (Tokyu Toyoko line, Hibiya subway line)
  • Nearby sights: Artsy Nakameguro is a great place for a relaxing day of shopping, eating and drinking in one of its cool artsy bars, cafes, and boutiques. The area is also close to fashionable Daikanyama and the entertainment hubs of Shibuya and Ebisu.

6.Yoyogi Park

Tokyo’s third biggest park with its large expanses of lawns and convenient location close to Harajuku and Shibuya make it one of the most popular places to picnic year round. Its 730 sakura trees mean it is also one of the most popular places to hold a ‘hanami’ party. Due to its location, it is popular with younger people and expats and definitely has a more party vibe than the other the parks with parties often stretching into the night.

  • Best for a party.
  • Nearest stations: JR Harajuku station, Meiji-Jingu Mae (Chiyoda and Fukutoshin line), Yoyogikoen (Chiyoda line). JR Shibuya station is about 20 mins walk away.
  • Nearby sights: Meiji Jingu Shrine is located next to the park. Harajuku and Shibuya are both nearby.

For open hours and more info :Official Website

Images Referrence:Wikipedia

One of the best things about Hanami is checking out the neighbourhood and keeping the good mood flowing. Why not join us on one of our unique Hanami and izakaya tours and get the real feel of Spring in Japan.

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