2018 Edition | 15 best cherry blossom spots in Tokyo

2018 Edition | 15 best cherry blossom spots in Tokyo
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This time, I will introduce 15 cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo recommended by ZEKKEI Japan.
I have gathered spots from the classics to the hidden ones, so enjoy cherry blossom viewing from March to April in Tokyo by referring to this map.

◆Enjoy cherry blossoms with the symbol of Tokyo

1. Zojoji Temple

| A triple-shot of the Tokyo Tower, temple, and cherry blossoms.

The Zojoji has a deep history with the Tokugawa Shogunate. It has a long history of more than 600 years with many important cultural properties left, and it is famous for the timeless view of the Tokyo Tower and the temple together.

Cherry blossoms bloom from late March, and the temple becomes crowded with people wanting to take pictures of this triple-shot.
The Tokyo Tower and cherry blossoms are lit up at night, and you can enjoy a romantic view.
【Peak】Late March to early April
【Access】About 3 minutes by foot from Toei Mita Line "Onarimon Station"

2. Sumida Park

|The collaboration between the historic Japanese houseboats, the Tokyo Sky Tree, and cherry blossoms

The Sumida Park has been a famous place for cherry blossoms since the Edo period.
There are various kinds of cherry blossoms, including Somei-Yoshino cherries, Oshima cherries, and Sato cherries, that bloom in the Spring. This beautiful sight was selected as one of "Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots".

Many people enjoy the view of the lined up cherry trees on both sides of the Sumida River from houseboats or waterbuses. At nighttime you can enjoy the illumination of the Tokyo Sky Tree together with the lit up cherry blossoms.
【Peak】Late March to early April
【Access】About 3 minutes by foot from Tokyo Metro "Asakusa Station"分

◆Enjoy cherry blossoms in the city

3. Tokyo Midtown

東京ミッドタウン

|Enjoy a grown-up cherry blossom viewing in the city filled with glamorous illuminated cherry trees

In the center of the city, there are about 150 cherry trees that create a brilliant pink tunnel along the street of Tokyo Midtown.

When they are in full blossom, the trees are brilliantly lit up with white lights, making the nighttime in the city look dream-like.
Viewing the cherry blossoms at night from a restaurant inside the Midtown is a romantic way to enjoy cherry blossom viewing.
【Peak】Late March to mid-April
【Access】Directly from Toei Oedo Line "Roppongi Station" Exit 8
【Website】http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/event/3921/


4. Aoyama Cemetery

|A hidden spot where you can quietly view cherry blossoms

The Aoyama Cemetery, located near downtown Ropppongi and Aoyama-dori, is the largest cemetery in Tokyo.
It is a famous place where historic people rest, including big-name politicians and people you have probably seen in textbooks.

Brilliant cherry blossoms, including about 320 Somei-Yoshino cherries, double-petaled cherries, Sato cherries, and weeping cherries, bloom beautifully in this quiet cemetery.
The cherry blossom tunnel along the two promenades that continue to the 4 cardinal directions is breathtaking.

Picnics are not allowed because it is a cemetery. It is a hidden cherry blossom spot recommended for taking a quiet walk alone.
【Peak】Late March to early April
【Access】About 12 minutes by foot from Tokyo Metro "Nogizaka Station" Exit 5

◆Enjoy cherry blossoms in a garden

5. Rikugien Garden

|The symbol of this beautiful garden is the breathtaking weeping cherry that falls like a waterfall

The Rikugien Garden was counted as one of the two greatest Japanese Gardens along with the Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, since the time of landscaping.
This garden took 7 years to make, and it was designated as a special scenic spot because of its beauty.

The symbol of Rikugien Garden in the spring is after all the weeping cherry tree. The breathtaking tree that looks like a waterfall has a height of 15 meters and a width of 20 meters.
There is also an illumination for a limited time, and you can enjoy a dream-like view of the cherry blossoms glowing in the dark of night.
【Peak】Mid-March to early April
【Access】About 10 minutes by foot from JR Yamanote Line "Komagome Station"

6. Kyu-Furukawa Gardens

|The collaboration between the Japanese and Western mixed-style garden, western-style house, and cherry blossoms

The Kyu-Furukawa Gardens is well known for the brilliant harmony between the solid stone house, the Western garden, and the Japanese garden. The garden is famous for autumn leaves and roses, but it is also a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing where you can see Somei-Yoshino cherries and weeping cherries in the spring.

It especially gets crowded with people holding cameras where you can see the photogenic collaboration of the western-style brick building and the cherry blossoms. Be sure to view the elegant cherry blossoms while walking around the extraordinary garden.
【Peak】Late March to mid-April
【Access】About 10 minutes by foot from JR "Kaminakazato Station", About 10 minutes by foot from Tokyo Metro Namboku Line "Nishigahara Station"

7. Hamarikyu Gardens

|Enjoy cherry blossoms in the oasis of the city surrounded by nature

Even though it is in the middle of a city filled with buildings, you can feel the healing of nature in the Hamarikyu Gardens.

This place is one of the most famous gardens of the Edo period, and it has an area of more than 5 times the Tokyo Dome. It is also a famous spot where you can enjoy cherry blossoms for a long period of time, including Somei-Yoshino cherries, weeping cherries, and other rare cherry trees.

The spring scenery of the buildings and the Shioiri Pond, the only pond in the city with seawater, is breathtaking!
This vast garden is rarely crowded and there are many benches, so you can relax and enjoy the cherry blossoms.
【Peak】Late March to late April
【Access】About 10 minutes from Toei Oedo Line "Tsukijishijo Station" (E18), "Shiodome Station" (E19), and Yurikamome "Shiodome Station"

8. Koishikawa Korakuen

|A traditional garden where you can enjoy weeping cherry trees

This garden made by Mito Mitsukuni, also known as Mito Komon, is a garden with a circular path that expresses ponds, mountains, rivers, lakes, and the countryside.

During the spring this beautiful scenery becomes more brilliant. The weeping cherry trees that represent the Koishikawa Korakuen bloom a little earlier compared to the Somei-Yoshino cherry trees.
【Peak】Late March to early April
【Access】 About 10 minutes by foot from JR "Iidabashi Station" East Exit

◆Leisurely enjoy cherry blossoms in a park

9. Showa Kinen Park

|Have a blast at the vast park while viewing cherry blossoms

The Showa Kinen Park has an area of about 40 times the Tokyo Dome, and it is famous for its trees of about 40 to 50 years old.
You can enjoy the cherry blossoms in full bloom while relaxing on a picnic blanket.

The park is also famous for families, as there are rental bicycles, a park train, and playground equipment.
【Peak】Late March to mid-April
【Access】About 10 minutes by foot from JR Chuo Line "Tachikawa Station", and about 10 minutes by foot from Tama Monorail "Tachikawa-Kita Station"

10. Koganei Park

|A famous cherry blossom spot with a variety of cherry trees that bloom for a long time during the spring

There are approximately 1,700 cherry trees of about 50 different kinds planted in this vast park of about 80ha.

In the "Cherry Garden", 440 beautiful cherry trees bloom over a month. Please enjoy the lined-up cherry trees along with the nearby Tama River.
【Peak】Late March to late April
【Access】From JR "Musashi Koganei Station", ride the "North Exit Bus No. 2 or 3", and get off at "Koganei Park West Exit"

◆Enjoy the cherry blossoms in the great nature

11. Onda River

|A hidden spot where you can leisurely enjoy lined up cherry trees that continue on forever

The cherry trees lined up along the Onda River from Naruse, Machida, continues along a path for about 3 km. Because it is a hidden spot only known by the local people, you can enjoy the cherry blossoms by walking at your own pace under the tunnel of cherry blossoms.
【Peak】Late March to early April
【Access】 About 10 minutes by foot from JR Yokohama Line "Naruse Station"

12. Lake Okutama

|A cherry blossom spot in the great nature that you can enjoy even after the cherry blossoms in the city are out of bloom

This cherry blossom spot that silently stands inside the mountains by the shore of a dam lake is located in the suburbs of Tokyo.

The contrast between the pink cherry blossoms surrounding the dam, the blue of the lake surface, and the green of the mountains is a spectacular view.
You might be able to enjoy cherry blossoms at full bloom here where the trees bloom one week later compared to the city, even after the cherry blossoms in central Tokyo are finished.

Those who missed the cherry blossom season should visit here.
【Peak】Early April to late April
【Access】About 20 minutes by bus from JR "Okutama Station", get off at "Lake Okutama"

◆Enjoy the cherry blossoms from a boat

13. Chidorigafuchi

|Get drunken in the romantic atmosphere of the falling flower petals

Needless to say, the Chidorigafuchi on the west side of the Imperial Palace is a famous cherry blossom spot.

It is a cherry blossom spot that will make your heart excited when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, but also when the petals fall to make a beautiful carpet of flower petals called "hanaikada".
The boats during this period become crowded, but it is definitely worth it, so be sure to make a visit.

The trees are illuminated at night, and so you can enjoy a romantic view of the cherry blossoms.
【Peak】Late March to early April
【Access】About 5 minutes from Tokyo Metro "Hanzomon Station" Exit 5

14. Inokashira Park

|Enjoy the cherry blossoms in full bloom while walking and eating

This cherry blossom spot will make your heart more excited compared to others, as you head to the Inokashira Park from Kichijoji Station going past fashionable shops and cafes.

In the city there are various shops where you can buy food to eat while walking. If you walk through the park while holding some food in one hand, the crowds of people should not bother you.

The cherry blossoms viewed from a boat on the pond looks more dynamic and is certainly worth the ride.
【Peak】Late March to early April
【access】About 5 minutes by foot from JR Kichijoji Station

15. Ueno Park

|Many people come to see the cherry blossoms of Ueno to enjoy the traditional way of cherry blossom viewing

In the Ueno Park, you will see many sights of people enjoying the traditional cherry blossom viewing of Japan.

The brilliant cherry blossoms of Ueno has been famous since the Edo Period, and it is crowded with many people until the time when the paper lanterns are lit up.

If you go towards the Shinobazu Pond, there are less people so you can relax and enjoy the cherry blossoms.
【Peak】Late March to early April
【Access】About 5 minutes by foot from JR Yamanote Line "Ueno Station", Subway Ginza Line / Hibiya Line "Ueno Station"
To conclude, these are 15 cherry blossom spots in Tokyo.
Make sure to fully enjoy the spring scenery of Japan that you can only see now!

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