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3 Best Hotels to Stay in Tokyo During Cherry Blossom Season

3 Best Hotels to Stay in Tokyo During Cherry Blossom Season

Date published: 15 March 2021

In Tokyo, the cherry blossoms are usually in full bloom from late March to early April. Here we will introduce you to some of the best places to stay during cherry blossom season, as well as hotels where you can enjoy seeing the blossoms right from the rooms!

It's only by staying in certain hotels that you can enjoy cherry blossoms that you can't normally see without worrying about large crowds. All the hotels introduced are well equipped against Covid-19.

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Hotel New Otani: A 400-year old Japanese garden where you can enjoy cherry blossoms!
  2. 2. Hotel Chinzan-so Tokyo: Enjoy a mystical sea of clouds and cherry blossoms!
  3. 3. Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo: Rooms where you can enjoy the spring landscape from your private space!

1. Hotel New Otani: A 400-year old Japanese garden where you can enjoy cherry blossoms!

1. Hotel New Otani: A 400-year old Japanese garden where you can enjoy cherry blossoms!
Hotel New Otani - Main

Hotel New Otani (3-minute walk from both Akasaka-mitsuke Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza and Marunouchi Lines, and Nagatacho Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon and Nanboku Lines) is a long-established hotel name.

The brand has been in business for more than 55 years and in 2020, the Forbes Travel Guide awarded both 5 and 4 stars to one of its hotels, making it one of the most renowned for its first-class hospitality.

Approximately 40,000 square meters of Japanese garden
Seasonal selection hanakago steak gozen at Garden Restaurant Seisentei

Surrounded by the outer moat of Edo Castle, the 40,000 square-meter Japanese garden on the hotel grounds is home to 58 cherry trees of 19 varieties, including Yamazakura, Someiyoshino, and Yaezakura.

The early bloomers, usually start producing flowers in early March, and you can enjoy viewing blossoms until early May.

In the evening, you can view the fantastic illuminated cherry blossoms, and at the Garden Restaurant Seisen-tei, located in the Japanese garden, there is a special meal plan to enjoy while viewing the cherry blossoms.

Main Deluxe Twin

There are two accommodation buildings: "The Main," and the high-rise "Garden tower." In addition, on the 11th and 12th floors of The Main, there is a hotel-in-hotel called Executive House Zen, which offers rooms in three different concepts.

Rooms range from standard to deluxe, to suites, and The Main features the New Edo room, where you can experience the Edo atmosphere through all senses, with its cypress bath and sake service. The entire hotel is equipped with Wi-Fi, which can be used free of charge.

English-speaking staff are available in the hotel. The hotel also offers a luggage delivery service from the hotel to the airport (Haneda/Narita) (available for booking until two days prior to check-out).

One of the foreign guests who stayed at this hotel commented:
"The service provided by the staff was so thorough that it really made my time there special. And the view from our room was outstanding! It made me want to stay one more night, and then one more."

View and Dining the Sky – restaurant and observatory

There is also a wide range of restaurants, not only in The Main and Garden Tower, but also in the Garden court, a business building on the same site.

You will have about 40 restaurants to choose from, including cafes and lunges, and varying from Japanese cuisine like sushi and teppanyaki to buffets and French cuisine.

During the cherry blossom season, the best place to dine is at the View & Dining The Sky, the restaurant on the top floor of The Main, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the cherry blossoms.

Covid-19 Countermeasures
Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of facilities in the building / Sanitizer installed / Plastic partitions installed / Implementation of regular cleaning, ventilation, and disinfection / reduced capacity/increased space between seats / Staff wear masks, disinfect, and monitor their temperature and physical condition / Social distancing measures in place / Guests asked to wear masks, disinfect hands, and have their health status checked / Contactless payments encouraged

2. Hotel Chinzan-so Tokyo: Enjoy a mystical sea of clouds and cherry blossoms!

2. Hotel Chinzan-so Tokyo: Enjoy a mystical sea of clouds and cherry blossoms!
A hotel loved by VIPs from around the world

A 10-minute walk from Edogawabashi Station on the Tokyo Metro Yarakucho Line, Hotel Chinzan-so Tokyo has been awarded 4 stars by Forbes Travel Guide for six consecutive years, and it's a prestigious hotel loved by the world's most famous VIPs.

Entsukaku, a three-story pagoda designated as a national tangible cultural property, and cherry blossoms.

Like an oasis in the city, the garden spreading across an area of 50,000 square-meters is dotted with 100 cherry trees of 20 different varieties. The early-blooming cherry trees usually show their first flowers in February, and you can enjoy the blossoms until mid-April.

In 2021, the cherry blossoms will combine with the "unkai" - a sea of clouds - one of the largest fog garden productions in Japan. The event will be lit up at night, and visitors can see the mysterious hanami experience.

The Tokyo Sea of Clouds fog garden and cherry blossoms
Tokyo Unkai Cherry Blossoms Dinner Selection

There will also be limited-time accommodation plans like the Sakura-Stay-Plan and special events like the Sakura Lunch and Sakura dinner selections.

Prime superior (Classic Garden View)

Superior, deluxe, and suite rooms are available. Also, you can choose between the European elegance of the Prime Classic and the modern Japanese design of the Prime Modern, as well as a variety of other types of suites, including Japanese-style rooms.

There is also a garden-view room where you can enjoy the beautiful seasonal garden, including cherry blossoms and autumn leaves.

"The garden view was fantastic! The rooms and the bathrooms were spacious and extremely comfortable. The sea of clouds in the illuminated garden was wonderful, and the walk in the garden was pleasant."

The hotel has English-speaking staff, and English sign language. Restaurant menus are also available in multiple languages.

The hotel can arrange for luggage delivery to the airport (Haneda/Narita) upon request (chargeable, accepted until two days prior to check-out). Free Wi-Fi is also available.

Lobby lounge Le Jardin

For meals, there are nine restaurants to choose from, including Japanese and Italian options. Some of the restaurants are vegetarian, vegan, or Halal.

There is also a restaurant where you can dine with a view of the garden, offering a different experience in each season.

Tokyo Unkai Garden - Cherry Blossom Sweets Selection

Furthermore, during the cherry blossom season in 2021, the Tokyo Unkai Garden – Cherry Blossom Sweets Selection, will be held for the first time. You will be able to enjoy a sweets tower and tea buffet on the open-air terrace overlooking the garden. Enjoy a special tea time while admiring the sea of clouds and the cherry trees.

Covid-19 Countermeasures
Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of facilities in the building / Sanitizer installed / Plastic partitions installed / Implementation of regular cleaning, ventilation, and disinfection / reduced capacity/increased space between seats / Staff wear masks, disinfect, and monitor their temperature and physical condition / Some staff wear gloves / Social distancing measures in place / Guests asked to wear masks, disinfect their hands, and have their temperature and health status checked

  • Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
    • Address Bunkyo-ku, Sekiguchi 2-10-8, Tokyo-to, 112-8680
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    • Nearest Station Edogawabashi Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line)
      17 minutes on foot

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3. Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo: Rooms where you can enjoy the spring landscape from your private space!

3. Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo: Rooms where you can enjoy the spring landscape from your private space!
A hotel with a sprinkling of Japanese-style

The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo, a hotel conveniently located just three minutes away from Shinagawa Station on the JR and Keihin Express lines, has been awarded four stars by the Forbes Travel Guide for three consecutive years.

English-speaking staff are available, and English-speaking hotel guides are also distributed.

Approximately 20,000 square-meters of Japanese garden
Special Cherry Blossom Course at Ristorante Café Ciliegio

Stepping out of the hotel building, you will see 20,000 square meters of a Japanese garden. There are about 210 cherry trees of 17 varieties, including Kawazuzakura, Someiyoshino, and Kanzan, in the garden. The early-blooming Kawazuzakura usually starts blooming in early February, and the late-blooming Kanzan usually blooms in late April, so you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing for a long time.

In 2021, "Takanawa SAKURA Days" will be held from March 12 to April 11, offering accommodation plans that allow guests to experience spring while enjoying the cherry blossoms from their room, as well as special cherry blossom-related dishes at various restaurants.

Junior Suite Twin

Rooms are available in corner rooms, deluxe rooms, and suites (all rooms have free Wi-Fi access). In addition, you can choose between twin and king. All bathrooms are equipped with a bath that generates a stream of water from the sides and bottom of the bathtub, and, together with the spacious rooms, you can relax and unwind from you trip.

Junior Suite Twin

During the cherry blossom season, some of the guest rooms offer a view of the cherry blossoms spreading out across the windows, so you can enjoy the feeling of cherry blossom viewing in a private space while staying at the hotel (special accommodations plans are available for a limited time).

A foreign guest who stayed at this hotel commented, "Even though it was close to the station, the garden was nice with lots of greenery. The bellboy was wonderful and made me feel comfortable even before entering the hotel. The room was large, comfortable with a separate bathroom and toilet, and large beds.

Ristorante Café Ciliegio

The Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa and the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa are also operating on the same site, so you can choose from a wide variety of dining options, including the restaurants of those two hotels (some are closed as a measure against Covid-19).

The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo is home to Nadaman Takanawa Prime, a long-established Japanese restaurant, and Ristorante Café Ciliegio, an all-day restaurant serving Western cuisine.

Covid-19 Countermeasures
Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of facilities in the building / Sanitizer installed / Plastic partitions installed / Implementation of regular cleaning, ventilation, and disinfection / Social distancing measures in place / shortening of opening hours for the facilities/staff wearing masks and gloves, disinfecting, conducting temperature checks/ Customers are asked to wear masks, check temperature and general health conditions.

Every year, all hotels plan elaborate events to coincide with cherry blossom season, offering experiences that can only be enjoyed during that time of the year. Enjoy one of the symbols of Japan with a first-class service.

*Please note that event schedules and content are subject to change
*Due to the effects of Covid-19, there may be changes in business hours, temporary closing, and change of services

Written by:

Mae Kakizaki

Mae Kakizaki

Active as a freelance writer and editor since 2019. Utilizing her background as a monthly magazine and portal site editor, she currently contributes walk-around-town articles to websites.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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