Cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo

by Eddy

Cherry blossoms viewing is the Japanese traditional custom called hanami. In modern days, many people have an outdoor party under cherry blossoms during daytime or at night.

The cherry blossom season is from late March through April in Japan. In Tokyo, it is from late March to early April. The blossom is in full bloom only for several days.

I would like to introduce six cherry viewing spots in Tokyo:
Ueno park, Sumida park,  East gardens of the Imperial Palace, Chidorigafuchi and Kitanomaru Park, Yasukuni Shrine, and Shinjuku Gyoen park

1. Ueno Park
Access: Ueno Station
Features: Illumination during blooming season until 22:00

Cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo
Ueno is one of the most popular and crowded hanami spots in Tokyo, where the trees famously bloom. An estimated 800 cherry trees line the central path, and people picnic on both sides, using blankets or tarps to claim whatever space they can. Lanterns are strung up, so you can party on into the evening.

2. Sumida Park
Access: Asakusa Station
Features: near the Sensoji temple in Asakusa

Cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo
The area stretching from Azuma-bashi Bridge to Sakura-bashi Bridge on the Sumida River is a super famous hanami spot, and has been for centuries. More than 1,000 cherry trees line the river. You can see Tokyo Skytree from here. It is also fabulous to take a mini-cruise on a yakatabune boat.

3. East gardens of the Imperial Palace
Open: 9:00 to 16:30
Access: Otemachi Station, Takebashi Station, Nijubashimae Station, Tokyo Station.
Cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo
The palace’s east gardens are open to public viewing for free. The sakura are a welcome touch of ancient Tokyo standing in contrast to all the concrete in Marunouchi, Tokyo’s business district.

4. Chidorigafuchi and Kitanomaru Park
Access: Kudanshita Station
Features: Illumination during blooming season until 22:00
Cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo
Hundreds of cherry trees decorate the moats of the Imperial palace. There are many small boats for rent. Many people enjoy cherry blossom viewing from boats. Night views are fantastic, because the trees are lit up in the evenings.

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The park next to it is called Kitanomaru Park, and is a place for quiet viewing. The controversial Yasukuni Shrine is also nearby. Every year, there’s a cherry blossom festival around the Chidorigafuchi and Yasukuni area that goes on until nighttime. Picnics are not allowed.

5. Yasukuni Shrine
Access: Kudanshita Station
Features: Illumination during blooming season until 22:00
Cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo
This large Shinto shrine was founded by Emperor Meiji in June 1869 and commemorates those who died in service of Japan.
Over 600 cherry trees are planted including the government-designated benchmark cherry tree. The official blossom date of Tokyo is announced only when the special someiyoshino – a variety of cherry tree – at the Yasukuni Shrine comes into bloom.

6. Shinjuku Gyoen
Admission: 200 yen, Open: 9:00 to 16:30
Access: Shinjuku-Gyoen-mae Station or Sendagaya Station
10 minuted-walk from Shinjuku Station
Cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo
It is a very large botanical garden featuring more than one thousand cherry trees of over a dozen varieties. There are not only Japanese gardens, but also an English landscape garden, a French formal garden and a forest called Mother and Child’s forest. There are spacious lawn areas, so many people enjoy picnics. he atmosphere is much less rowdy compared to Ueno Park, so you can enjoy your picnic in peace.


26 Nov 2017

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Hello. My name is Eiichi and my nick name is Eddy. So, please call me Eddy because Eiichi is difficult for visitors to pronounce.
I am a licensed guide interpreter certified by Japanese government.

I was born and live in Chiba prefecture, which is next to Tokyo and I have worked in Tokyo for more than 20 years. So, I know Chiba and Tokyo very well. My hobby is ceramic art, golf, and Zen meditation, and I like traveling and reading history books. Based on these experience and knowledge, I will introduce Japanese culture and history.

I used to work as an engineer for one of major electronic manufacturers which exports communication systems and components to overseas. Through the job, I visited many countries including New Zealand where I fortunately stayed for four years with my family. I have found it fun to communicate with people in other countries. So, after my recent retirement, I started to work as a licensed guide interpreter.

I’m looking forward to meeting visitors who are interested in Japanese beautiful nature, unique culture, variety of foods or history.

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