7 Recommended “Sakura” Cherry Blossoms Spots in Tokyo!

7 Recommended Sakura Cherry Blossoms Spots in Tokyo

From the end of March to early April, the parks, temples and shrines of Tokyo are shrouded in a pink canopy of cherry blossoms (sakura); this is a culturally significant time for all Japanese, and should definitely not be missed by visitors at this time of year. Here, then, are just a few of my favorite places for viewing Tokyo sakura.



 

7 Recommended “Sakura” Cherry Blossoms Spots in Tokyo!

 

1. Shinjuku Gyoen

7 Recommended Sakura Cherry Blossoms Spots in Tokyo Shinjuku Gyoen

There are over 1000 cherry trees in Shinjuku Park. With its wide open grassy areas and tree-lined paths, the atmosphere is very restful. Just 10 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station, the park is open from 9:00 to 16:30. Admission ¥200.

 

2. Chidorigafuchi

7 Recommended Sakura Cherry Blossoms Spots in Tokyo Chidorigafuchi

The moats of a former Edo castle around Kitanomaru Park are lined with cherry trees, making it one of the most beautiful Tokyo sakura blossom spots. You can rent a rowing boat and the trees are lit up between 18:30 to 22:00. The nearby Yasukuni shrine offers visitors another 1000 cherry trees, as well as food stalls. Admission is free.

 

3. Ueno Park

7 Recommended Sakura Cherry Blossoms Spots in Tokyo ueno park

Another free location, literally a few steps from Ueno Station, Ueno Park is one of the busiest and liveliest locations for sakura parties (hanami), and has over 1000 trees lining the walk to the National Museum and around Shinobazu Pond. The trees are illuminated from 17:00 to 20:00.

 

4. Asukayama Park

7 Recommended Sakura Cherry Blossoms Spots in Tokyo asukayama park

(flickr By Kunitaka NIIDATE)

Set on a hilltop over JR Oji Station, Asukayama Park is one of the oldest and best-known hanami spots in Tokyo. This quaint location has several hundred cherry trees which are lit up in the evenings until 21:00. Admission is free.

 

5. Yoyogi Park

7 Recommended Sakura Cherry Blossoms Spots in Tokyo yoyogi park

(flickr By Norio NAKAYAMA)

Just a 5 minute walk from Harajuku Station, Yoyogi Park has over 600 cherry trees as well as wide open spaces for picnics. Admission is free, but the park is closed at night.

 

6. Sumida Park

7 Recommended Sakura Cherry Blossoms Spots in Tokyo sumida park

Sumida Park spans both banks of the Sumida river for several hundred meters offering great views of Tokyo Sky Tree as well as sakura blossoms, which are lit up until around 21:00 in the blooming season. Admission is free.

 

7. Inokashira Park

7 Recommended Sakura Cherry Blossoms Spots in Tokyo Inokashira Park

Close to Kichijoji Station, this free public park has several hundred cherry trees but is most popular for its large pond where you can hire row and paddle boats for viewing the blossoms from the water.

 

Conclusion

The best way to enjoy any of the above Tokyo sakura sites is to just take your time and walk among the trees, soaking up the atmosphere and breathing in the subtle fragrance. Or, do what we Japanese do and take a picnic mat and refreshments; not only can you really relax, but it will give you an interesting cultural insight into the Japanese people.

For visitors with busy schedules, there are short, hourly double-decker bus tours of some of the well-known cherry blossom sites. Starting from Marunouchi, at Tokyo Station, these non-stopping tours pass the Imperial Palace, National Museum of Modern Art, British Embassy, National Theatre, Supreme Court, National Diet Building, Kasumigaseki and Ginza. Tours cost ¥1,600 per person, last around 50 minutes and have English audio guides.But wherever you go to view Tokyo’s sakura blossoms, it is sure to be an enriching experience.

 

7 Recommended “Sakura” Cherry Blossoms Spots in Tokyo!

1. Shinjuku Gyoen
2. Chidorigafuchi
3. Ueno Park
4. Asukayama Park
5. Yoyogi Park
6. Sumida Park
7. Inokashira Park