Pack your picnic, prepare your best mood and get ready to be enthralled. When you’re in Tokyo this Spring, nothing beats the pleasure of witnessing sakura or the cherry blossoms up close and personal. Here are 7 of our selected spots to view the cherry blossoms in Tokyo:
Popular since the 16th century, this place is over 53 Ha with about 800 cherry tree blooms situated in the center path of the park. Just close to the Ueno Station, all you need to do is come early and follow the crowd. Bring your blanket and join the picnic!
This large garden is over 58 Ha and consists of more than 1.100 different Japanese cherry trees bloom in Spring. Due to the different varieties, you will get to enjoy different blossoming times and for a relatively long time too! The best part is this park usually gets less crowded because of its large size. Still, you’re advised to come not too late so you can stroll in the different gardens ( English, Japanese or French garden) and admire the sakura.
Situated in the northeastern of the Imperial Palace, Chidorigafuchi is one of the most scenic hanami spots in Tokyo. Next to Chidorigafuchi is an equally gorgeous place called Kitanomaru Park. If you need more reasons to visit other than a combination of over 1.000 cherry blossom trees, then you’d be happy to know that Yasukuni Shrine ( also with loads of cherry blossoms) is nearby!
Sumida Park is best known as the firework spot in the summer, but it is also a century-long hanami spot with more than 1.000 cherry trees lining the river. Towering in the background is Tokyo Skytree, giving your picnic experience a touch of modern panorama at the same time. If you’re up for a mini-cruise boat ride, then we bet that things will get even lovelier for sure.
Stretch at about 4 kilometers is the Megurogawa with about 800 sakura trees decorating it. There is no park facility here, but this is where it gets interesting! Water canal surrounded by cherry blossoms is actually a rare sight in Tokyo, making Meguro River a unique hanami spot altogether. If possible, time your visit at night as the trees are lit up, making the scenery even more breathtaking and dreamier.
Located in Kichijoji neighborhood, Inokashira Park and its more than 500 Japanese cherry trees are ready to wow you. Surrounding a pond, the view gets astonishingly beautiful as the water reflects the pink color, giving the illusion of romance. As the petals fall and swan-shaped boats cruise through the water, Inokashira Park gets even more romantic and lovey dovey.
The 3rd largest park in Tokyo has about 700 cherry trees in total. Although it is better known as the people’s park for general gathering or public events, Yoyogi Park is worth a visit because its sakura variety is a darker shade of pink than the common kind of cherry blossoms. Bring a bento along with your tarp, you’ll definitely have the best meal of your life surrounded by sakura at this park.
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