Japanese cherry blossoms in full bloom go hand in hand with spring in Japan! Here we'll introduce you to some of Tokyo's best and most famous cherry blossom viewing spots where you can see the whole area covered in pale pink. Arguably, some of these are the best places to see cherry blossoms in the area!
1. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
In the large garden with an area of 58.3 hectares (583,000 sqm) and a circumference of 3.5 kilometers, about 1,100 Japanese cherry trees bloom in spring.
Since the different kinds of trees have different blossoming times, you can enjoy all kinds of blossoms for a relatively long time, making the garden an especially attractive viewing spot.
In the shops around the large park, sweets and souvenirs with a cherry blossom theme are sold during that time as well. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden can easily be accessed from Shinjuku Station.
Admission: 200 yen (general). Opening hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closing at 4:30 p.m.). During the cherry blossom viewing period from March 15th to April 24th, the park is open every day. (Note also that bringing alcohol or leisure goods like barbecue equipment is prohibited in the park.)
2. Ueno Park
Ueno Park is a cherry blossom viewing place in Tokyo that has been popular since the 16th century. In the park with a total area of 538,000 square meters, about 800 cherry trees bloom, most of them in the center street of the park.
Opening hours are from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. No entry from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. The park management office is open from 8:30 a.m to 5:15 p.m.
Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-0007
Ueno Station （Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line）
1 minute on foot
- Phone Number 03-3828-5644
- Address Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-0007
The area around Chidorigafuchi on the northwest side of the Imperial Palace is a popular cherry blossom viewing spot in Tokyo. About 1,000 cherry trees bloom here and you can take a picture of cherry trees with the stone walls of Edo Castle, today's Imperial Palace, in the background.
In Chidorigafuchi Park between Chidorigafuchi (west side of the Imperial Palace) and the British Embassy, you can see about 170 cherry trees, so we highly recommended taking a relaxing walk around the neighborhood.
4. Sumida Park in Taito-ku
Although it is a famous park for watching fireworks in the summer, Sumida Park is known for its magnificent cherry blossoms during spring. You can take beautiful pictures of cherry blossoms here - not only the 600 Japanese cherry trees but also of TOKYO SKYTREE(R) towering in the background. In addition, cherry blossom viewing from a boat will surely make for an unforgettable memory.
5. Inokashira Park
There are about 500 Japanese cherry trees in this park and you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing (and snapping cherry blossom pictures!) from early March to late April. The cherry trees seen from the Nanai Bridge in the middle of the Inokashira pond are especially wonderful. About 250 cherry trees lower their branches around the pond and their reflection on the water surface is exceptionally pretty. The pond with cherry petals floating on the surface is also an amazing sight.
6. Megurogawa (Meguro River)
About 800 cherry trees blossom along Megurogawa which stretches for about 3.8 kilometers from the Ikejiri-Ohashi area to Kamenokobashi under the Tokyu Meguro Line. There are no facilities such as parks but you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing while having drinks and meals in the cafes and restaurants along the river.
7. Yoyogi Park
Yoyogi Park is a top cherry blossom viewing spot in Tokyo with convenient access from Shinjuku and Shibuya. It is the third largest park in Tokyo and has 730 cherry trees in total. You can view cherry blossoms while sitting on the grass in the middle of the square and enjoying hanami bento, a real cherry blossom lunch.
8. Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens is a Japanese feudal lord garden built in 1629, featuring Chinese and Japanese landscapes and several different kinds of cherry trees. In particular, the beautiful cherry blossoms reflected on the surface of the pond in the center of the garden called Daisensui makes every park goer stop in amazement for a moment or two.
The opening hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (admission until 4:30 p.m.). Open every day during the cherry-blossom viewing period.
9. Rikugien Gardens
The completion of this park took about seven full years and the weeping Japanese cherry blossom tree is especially popular as a symbol of Rikugien Gardens. About 15 meters high and about 20 meters wide, it blooms like a waterfall and it is lit up during the night, making for an extraordinarily beautiful sight.
The opening hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m (until 9:00 p.m. during light-up period). Admission is until 30 minutes before closing. The shibazakura tree and daimyo garden are lit up from March 16 (Wed) to April 2 (Sun). Open every day during the cherry-blossom viewing period.
10. Asukayama Park
With around 600 cherry trees, Asukayama Park has been popular among the public as a cherry blossom viewing spot for a long time. A monorail runs through the garden and the cherry trees viewed from above are a rare and special sight.
The monorail runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. At times there may be service suspension due to maintenance.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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