10 Places in Tokyo to see cherry blossoms this spring

One of the most scenic times to visit Japan is during the few weeks each year when its transformed by cherry blossoms blooming en masse. If you're lucky enough to be in Tokyo during this magnificent time, here are 10 places where you can feast your eyes on lovely cherry blossoms.

10 Places in Tokyo to see cherry blossoms this spring

Meguro River

Meguro River
Location
Meguro, Tokyo
Best time to see
Late March to early April

A popular tourist spot spanning about 4km in length, cherry blossoms can be found on both sides of the river. There are many stylish cafes and shops along the Meguro River, so you can shop and admire the flowers in one go. At night paper lanterns line the river, creating an almost other-worldly ambiance.

Chidorigafuchi Park

Chidorigafuchi Park
Location
Chiyoda, Tokyo
Best time to see
Late March to early April

One of the main cherry blossom sites in the city. Located between Chidorigafuchi (to the west of the Imperial Palace) and the British Embassy, around 170 different types of cherry blossoms bloom here, such as the Yoshino cherry and the Yamazakura cherry. During the annual cherry blossom festival, the paths of Chidorigafuchi are lit up in a wondrous display; boats are also available for pleasure cruises at night.

Rikugien Garden

Rikugien Garden
Location
Bunkyo, Tokyo
Best time to see
Mid-March to mid-April

Rikugien's main highlight and symbol is its weeping cherry tree, 15 meters high and 20 meters wide; seeing its light pink petals flowing and floating down like a waterfall is truly a sight to behold. Its limited-time light-up is also beautiful.

Ueno Park

Ueno Park
Location
Taito, Tokyo
Best time to see
Late March to early April

Renowned as a cherry blossom-viewing destination since the Edo period (1603-1868), this area is considered by many to bethe ultimate location to enjoy cherry blossoms in Tokyo. The tradition of admiring the cherry blossoms at night remains a popular spring event, brightened by 1,300 paper lanterns.

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park
Location
Shibuya, Tokyo
Best time to see
Late March to early April

Despite being in the middle of urban Tokyo, Yoyogi Park is a quiet place where you can relax. The park boasts many varieties of cherry blossoms, with the earliest bloomers budding from February. A popular pastime is picnicing on the grounds and leisurely admiring the flowers as they bloom.

Sumida River

Sumida River
Location
Sumida and Taito, Tokyo
Best time to see
Late March to early April

Sumida Park spans both sides of the Sumida River, straddling Taito and Sumida wards. The river's surface is colored with cherry blossoms in a band stretching a kilometer wide. Ride a pleasure boat on the Sumida River to see the elegant cherry blossom trees on both sides of the river, as part of a collaboration with Tokyo Skytree ®.

Inokashira Park

Inokashira Park
Location
Musashino, Tokyo
Best time to see
Late March to early April

With Inokashira Pond at its center, this park has 500 cherry blossom trees spread throughout; it is strikingly beautiful during full bloom. You can rent a small boat and watch the petals as dance down. The view of the whirlwind of cherry blossoms landing on the surface of the water as seen from Nanai Bridge above is quite breathtaking.

Asukayama Park

Asukayama Park
Location
Kita, Tokyo
Best time to see
Late March to mid-April

Immortalized as one of the featured woodblock prints in legendary ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige's "100 Famous Views of Edo", Asukayama Park is one of Tokyo's oldest cherry blossom-viewing spots, with many of its hundreds of cherry trees dating back to the 18th century. It is a popular place for picnics as well as night viewing, when the cherry blossoms are lit up in the evening.

Tokyo Midtown

Tokyo Midtown
Location
Minato, Tokyo
Best time to see
Late March to early April

The stunning foliage found on the cherry blossom-lined street in front of the garden terrace has been there since many decades ago; in spring they form a cherry blossom tunnel. Events are also held during blossoming season.

Shiba Park

Shiba Park
Location
Minato, Tokyo
Best time to see
Late March to early April

Even Tokyo Tower is painted with cherry blossoms, making it look even more beautiful. Popular with office workers coming home from work at night, you can see both the cherry blossoms and the Tokyo Tower, which decorates the city night.

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