Where to see cherry blossom (sakura) in Tokyo? Let me introduce you the best places to view cherry blossom in the capital city of Japan. Most of these hanami spots are located in the different, public parks and gardens around Tokyo city. There is a certain beauty that you are not able to see in the summer, autumn or winter but in the spring for sure. Sometimes it is really hard to find out the most beautiful sakura viewing spots, especially when you are new comer to this magical city. These are no longer spring hidden spaces. Anyway, this problem ends right here as I have brought to you the top 10 famous hanami spots of Tokyo.
I have visited Tokyo many times before for my own business purpose. I could imagine the real spring beauty of it just by walking down the streets. How incredible is that! Thousands of sakura trees, crowds and the food vendors make a great festive atmosphere which can’t be forgotten within a very short period of time. To be honest with you, it is possible to find out more than 15 hanami spots in this city but I will show you only 10 spots that are truly impressive. Hopefully you will not regret it after reading this article. This page includes brief explanation of each spots as well as beautiful cherry blossom photographs. That will help you to realize whether these 10 places are worth visiting or not. Let’s get ready to explore them all.
1) Shinjuku Gyoen:
Shinjuku Gyoen is the best sakura viewing spot here in Tokyo. It is a large and one of the most popular parks in Tokyo that has more than 1500 cherry trees. Wow…that’s a huge number of sakura trees in one place! Is not it interesting? Nobody is going to make you feel bad when you are in this public garden during the hanami season. As it is a large park, it offers much room to roam around to view beautiful cherry blossoms from different spots. Please note that, it is a very crowded hanami spot where visitors gather and form many small groups in order to enjoy picnic party together. Sometimes I avoid crowds and try finding a way to go elsewhere to enjoy seasonal beauty. Doing so I don’t feel like an idiot because experiencing nature in a less crowded place is much better and it suits me well.
Address: 11 Naitocho, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture 160-0014, Japan.
2) Inokashira Park:
Would you like to have a great hanami party under sakura trees? If you would like then, I suggest you to go to Inokashira Park. This is one of the famous Edo period parks in the Tokyo city. There is a pond, so renting a paddle or row boat here is absolutely easy. Take a look at the photo above, does not it seem a quite peaceful place to spend your spring holiday? Just take one row boat and have fun with it while watching colorful cherry blossoms from the water. Here you will see several fountains as well. I recommend this place to the couples who wish to have a great romantic hanami holiday in Tokyo.
Address: 1-18-31 Gotenyama, Musashino-shi, Tokyo, Japan.
3) Meguro River, Naka Meguro:
This is one of the top hanami spots that is specially famous for viewing Yozakura (night sakura). It is located in Meguro district. The famous Nakameguro Sakura Festival is held here every year in early-April. There are many sakura trees along with the Meguro Rivar concrete canal. I think many photographers think this place as a perfect photo shooting spots for spring season. In my opinion, my hanami season is not complete until I visit this best cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo. You know – there are a million reasons to travel to Tokyo, and certainly visiting it to see Meguro river sakura could be one of the reasons. A lot of people admire its beauty and think as a hidden space in Tokyo.
Address: Meguro River, Naka Meguro, Tokyo City, Japan.
4) Koishikawa Botanical Garden:
It is a clam and quiet place where everyone can enjoy its splendid spring nature. You need to pay admission fee to enter in this garden. Honestly, it is worth visiting! You are not going to waste your money here, rather you will be enjoying your whole time staring at the white cherry blossoms. There are different types of cherry trees you will see including a beautiful traditional Japanese landscape garden to walk around. Last year, I went there for several times with my friends, we had so much fun together. After all it inspires!
Address: 3-7-1 Hakusan, Bunkyo, Tokyo 112-0001, Japan.
Before describing a little bit about this hot sakura spot I better request you to look at the photo above, at least once please. Have you looked at it? So, now tell me what do you feel now. I think you are thinking to be there in spring to see those beautiful sakura display. Chidorigafuchi itself a garden where there is a beautiful palace which is surrounded by a moat. It is a highly recommended cherry blossom viewing spot that has thousands of sakura trees. Just like Inokashira Park, here you have a great opportunity to see wonderful sakura while rowing row boat alone, with your lover or best friend.
Address: Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
Tel: 03-3556-0391 (Chiyoda City Tourism Association)
6) Koishikawa Korakuen:
This is one of the Tokyo’s oldest Japanese garden that was developed in the Edo period. Except viewing colorful sakura in the garden you will be seeing Japanese style bridge, rock gardens, small lake and flower gardens. It is amazing walking along the garden trails here. In order to view weeping cherry trees in Tokyo you should visit this spot. Weeping cherry blossoms look amazingly beautiful from a bit far distance. A single weeping cherry tree looks like a shade of umbrella filled with gorgeous blossoms. Keep it in mind that, to view sakura, you have got to come here in early April. It is the best time, no way!
Address: Koishikawa Korakuen garden Office. 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (Zip: 112-0004), Japan.
7) Sumida Park:
Sumida park’s cherry trees look awesome when they are in full bloom. They were planted on the both side along the Sumida River. It is a crowded sakura spot but if you could realize why it is like that then surly you would want to visit this spot in the first place than the other sakura viewing spots I have already mentioned here. It is possible to have a boat journey and view cherry blossom at the same time. How Cool! It will not be a bad idea walking and listening to cool music. Once I spent 4 hours at a stretch roaming around the park area. It was a peaceful moment what I expected before heading toward Sumida Park. You can spend as many as hours you wish to, but make sure you fully your every second there.
Address: 1, 2, and 5 Mukojima, 7-11-1 and 2-1 Hanakawa-do Asakusa
Sumida-ku, Sumida Park, Tokyo, Japan.
8) Ueno Park:
During the hanami season this place is filled with many sakura lovers/fanatics. We all wish not to miss its spring atmosphere. Each year, I usually visit it from a long distance as I live in northern part of Japan. One of the interesting facts about this vast public park is that thousands of cherry trees start blooming at the same time. Many people see this place as a famous cherry blossom spot not only in Tokyo, but also a top recommended hanami spots of all time in Japan. In addition, you can visit the Tokyo National Museum, Ueno Zoo, Kaneiji Temple, Toshogu Shrine and other sightseeing spots. Ueno Park is said to be an ideal hanami picnic spot, so don’t miss it when you visit other sakura spots in Tokyo. The best time to see sakura here is from late March to early April.
Address: Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture 110-0007, Japan.
Tel: +81 3-3828-5644.
9) Asukayama Park:
Every time I went to this place I was really impressed with its impressive sakura blossoms and the atmosphere it creates in spring. Certainly I believe, if you are a real sakura lover then why not to have a great picnic party here in this lovely hanami spot! This oldest wooded hilltop park has hundred of cherry trees. Honestly, having a picnic party here will help you to be relaxed. In my opinion, you should bring a bento lunch box and sake. These would simply make your entire hanami trip to this park awesome. You will be highly impressed seeing the picturesque spring scenery of Asukayama Park.
Address: 1-1 Oji, Kita, Tokyo 114-0002, Japan.
Tel: +81 3-3908-9275
10) Showa Kinen Koen (Showa Memorial Park):
This is a beautiful and huge park in Tachikawa which sparkles all year round especially during spring. Its grounds are covered with variety seasonal flowers in spring and summer. When autumn rolls in here, you experience a breathtaking fall foliage display. Want to see how it looks like in spring? Then visit this article to see some awesome flower photographs that usually bloom in spring. Early and mid April is the perfect time to enjoy sakura viewing in Showa Kinen Koen. As it is a large park that is located in the western suburbs of Tokyo, you should rent a bicycle and then start viewing magnificent sakura. It is up to you whether you would like to view 1500 cherry trees riding on bicycle or on foot. The real fact is that in order to save your valuable time I suggest you to rent a bicycle.
Address: Showa Kinen Park Office
3173 Midori-cho Tachikawa City Tokyo 190-8558, Japan.
Finally, I would like to give you an important message that the best time to view sakura in Tokyo is in early-April. Never forget this! Well, you have discovered the best places to view cherry blossoms in Tokyo. They are located across the city. When you decide to go outside from the main Tokyo city, still there are many hanami spots I could recommend you. I assume that this post helps you decide where to celebrate your hanami. I wish this year hanami will bring you a lot of happy moments.
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