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Best Sakura Hanami Spots in Tokyo

Tokyo is widely recognized for its vibrant lights and its towering structures, but it could not be denied that it still has places where you could enjoy nature in its most beautiful state. Many of these parks and gardens are the homes of many of the cherry trees perfect for cherry blossom viewing (hanami). On this article, we are going to list ten of the best sakura hanami spots that you could go to in Tokyo.

 

Chidorigafuchi

Chidorigafuchi Park

Chidorigafuchi Park

 

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The first on this list is the Chidorigafuchi. Regarded as one of the most stunning hanami spots in Tokyo, the sakura trees of the Chidorigafuchi run along the Imperial Palace’s moat. The cherry blossoms could be seen from the bridges and walkways. However, the best way to view these trees is by renting a boat. To create a more visually appealing look, the trees are lit up in the evenings.

Additionally, you should check out the Imperial Gardens if you want another place to view cherry blossoms.

 

【Basic information】
Name: Chidorigafuchi
Address: Inner Circular Route, to, Japan, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Business hour: Open 24 hours
Phone number:  +81 972-15-1533

 

Ueno Park

Ueno Park

Ueno Park

Ueno Park

The Ueno Park is also a favorite viewing spot for cherry blossoms. The cherry trees – which bloom a bit earlier than other hanami spots – line the central walking path, creating a stunning pink archway. There are around 800 trees that could be found along the trail, so you will surely have enough trees to view.

Aside from observing these trees, you could even have picnics on both sides. It should be noted that during the blooming season, people crowd the park.

 

【Basic information】
Name: Ueno Park
Address: 110-0007, Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Business hour: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Phone number:  +81 3-3828-5644

 

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a 144-acre park with more than 1,000 sakura trees from various species and varieties. These trees bloom at different stages – some bloom a little earlier than the other. This garden is recommended for those who want to view cherry blossoms in a more peaceful and serene environment. It is spacious, allowing visitors to enjoy strolling under the trees or have a picnic with friends and families. The entrance fee costs 200 yen.

 

【Basic information】
Name: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Address: 160-0014, 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Business hour: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Phone number:  +81 3-3350-0151

 

Sumida Park

Sumida Park

Sumida Park

Sumida Park

The Sumida Park is a small park that could be located a few meters along the banks of Sumida River. It is a popular hanami spot, especially during the early months of April. More than 1,000 cherry trees could be seen lining the river, making it a perfect place for picnics, sightseeing, or photo opportunities. If you want, you could avail of cruise boats to have a better of view of the trees.

 

【Basic information】
Name: Sumida Park
Address: 131-0033, 1-2-5 Mukojima Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Business hour: Open 24 hours

 

Meguro River

Meguro River

Meguro River

Along the four-kilometer expanse of the Meguro River stands more than 800 cherry trees, creating a picturesque sight. However, there is not much of a place for blossom viewers because it is an urban canal. Still, you should still watch these flowers, especially during the Nakameguro Sakura Festival because the cherry trees are brilliantly lit up in the evenings. The lighting makes the place a romantic spot for couples or friends who want to spend a good night together.

 

【Basic information】
Name: Meguro River
Address: Shinagawa, Tokyo, Tokyo Bay
Business hour: Open 24 hours

 

Rikugien Garden

Rikugien Garden

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Rikugien Garden

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Rikugien Garden

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Founded in 1965, the Rikugien Garden is home to the beautiful shidaw-zakura (weeping cherry tree), a variety of sakura that blooms earlier than other varieties. While not a major hanami spot, this quiet garden near Ikebukuro is still a beautiful place to visit especially at night during the sakura season since the trees are illuminated at its full glory. The Rikugien Garden is regarded as one of the best gardens in Tokyo. It is evident in the ambiance and the feel of the garden when you visit it.

 

【Basic information】
Name: Rikugien Garden
Address: 113-0021, 6 Chome-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan
Business hour: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone number:  +81 3-3941-2222

 

Inokashira Park

Inokashira Park

Inokashira Park

Inokashira Park

The Inokashira Park is a public park in Tokyo that boasts of around a thousand of sakura trees surrounding a central pond. When the flowers of the cherry trees fall, their petals spread out over the pond, creating a breathtaking view of pink petals over the waters.

Aside from being a favorite hanami spot, the Inokashira Park is also known for its swan boats and a shrine with walkways. If you do not like to ride on a boat, you could still take a picnic around the park.

 

【Basic information】
Name: Inokashira Park
Address: 180-0005, 1 Chome-18-31 Gotenyama, Musashino, Tokyo, Japan
Business hour: Open 24 hours
Phone number: +81 422-47-6900

 

Asukayama Park

Asukayama Park

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Asukayama Park

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The Asukayama Park is a hilltop public park that could be found above the JR Oji Station. It has been a favorite hanami spot since the Edo period in the 18th century making it one of the oldest and the most famous spot for viewing cherry blossoms. Tourists could have a picnic while marveling at the expanse of the park or watch the trees as they are lit up in the evenings.

The park also hosts a cherry blossom festival that features performances and contests, food booths, and tea ceremonies.

 

【Basic information】
Name:  Asukayama Park
Address: 180-0005, 1 Chome-18-31 Gotenyama, Musashino, Tokyo, Japan
Business hour: Open 24 hours
Phone number:  +81 422-47-6900

 

Koganei Park

Koganei Park

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Koganei Park

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Koganei Park

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The Koganei Park is the second largest public park in Tokyo, and it could be found in the western suburbs of the city. There are more than 1,700 sakura trees that could be seen around the park, most of which are located in the front of the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Museum and the Cherry Garden.

It is worth noting that the trees around this hanami spot bloom a little later than those that could be found in other locations around Tokyo.

 

【Basic information】
Name:  Koganei Park
Address: 184-0001, 1-13-1 Sekinocho, Koganei, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Business hour: Open 24 hours
Phone number:  +81 42-385-5611

 

Koishikawa Botanical Garden

Koishikawa Botanical Garden

Koishikawa Botanical Garden

Koishikawa Botanical Garden

The Koishikawa Botanical Garden is a spacious park and is considered one of Tokyo’s oldest (it was founded in 1629). It is home to a variety of cherry tree species. However, one of the common species found there is the weeping cherry trees. Since it is a calm place, the garden is perfect for hanami and relaxation. Admission to the Koishikawa Botanical Garden costs 400 yen.

 

【Basic information】
Name: Koishikawa Botanical Garden
Address: 112-0001, 3-7-1 Hakusan, Bunkyo, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Business hour: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Phone number:  +81 3-3814-0138

 

Because of their aesthetically appealing look that would put you in a good mood, cherry blossoms are definitely worth viewing once you go to Tokyo. Since there are lots of places in the city to witness these cherry trees, the ten spots which were mentioned above are already a good start.

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