Cherry blossoms are a beloved symbol of springtime in Japan.After 3 years Covid period, Tokyo is in a relative stable stage now. We finally can gather in the parks and gardens to admire these dedicate pink and white flowers in bloom.
If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo during cherry blossom season, be sure to check out some of these top sakura viewing spots:
The Meguro River is lined with hundreds of cherry blossom trees, creating a stunning tunnel of pink and white flowers. Visit at night to see the trees illuminated, creating a magical atmosphere. Depends on the area, there are several routes.
- Meguro River Hanami Cruise: You can enjoy a leisurely flower viewing cruise while listening to a guide. One of the attractions of the Meguro River cherry blossom viewing is that you can enjoy it for a long period from the beginning of the bloom to the flower raft. The flower viewing cruise offers a different perspective from the view on land. You can get the access from Tennozu Isle Station. Don’t forget the reservation.
- Meguro East Areea Sakura Matsuri will reopen this year on 1st ~ 2nd Apr. Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is a good start point. The cherry blossoms around the Taikobashi Bridge, particularly near the Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, to the Fureai Bridge near the Meguro-ward Citizens Center, are beautiful and impressive.You can get the access from JR Meguro Station.
- Naka-Meguro Sakura Matsuri during the period from 18th March to 9th April, there will be named paper lanterns lit up and cherry blossom illuminations. It’s crowded if you start from Naka-Meguro Station. You can start from Ikejiri-Ohashi Station and head toward the Meguro Sky Garden to avoid crowd.
Ueno Park is one of the most popular sakura viewing spots in Tokyo, with over 1,000 cherry blossom trees lining the park’s main avenue. The park is also home to several museums and galleries, making it a great destination for culture lovers. You can call several friends, prepare some food and a picnic blanket in a sunshine March day.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
This expansive park in central Tokyo is home to over 1,000 cherry blossom trees of various varieties. The park’s wide open spaces and tranquil ponds provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing hanami picnic. Adult entrance fee is JPY 500. You can spend a whole afternoon. Shinjuku Station is big and not friendly for traveler. Therefore, you can access Shinjuku Sanchome via Tokyo Metro.
Located near the Imperial Palace, the Chidorigafuchi Moat is a picturesque spot for sakura viewing. Rent a rowboat and float among the cherry blossom trees for a truly unforgettable experience. The closest access point is Kudanshita station. If you visiting period is between 25th Mar to 2nd Apr, you can visit Inui Street in the Imperial Palace. It’s only open for 9 days in spring. The visiting route is one way. You can get the detail from link.
No matter where you go in Tokyo during cherry blossom season, you’re sure to be enchanted by the beauty of the sakura. Plan your trip today and experience the magic of Tokyo’s cherry blossoms.