In Tokyo, the cherry blossom season is from late March to early April. The blossom is in full bloom only for several days. The standard course covers the following spots in Tokyo:
(1) East gardens of the Imperial Palace
(2) Chidorigafuchi and Kitanomaru park
(3) Shinjuku Gyoen
Destinations can be changed to other spots including:
Ueno park, Sumida park, or Yasukuni shrine
Feel free to personalize this offer with Eddy.
You will enjoy cherry blossoms viewing at various places as follows:
1. East gardens of the Imperial Palace
The East gardens of the Imperial Palace is a large park having ruins of the Edo Castle and various kinds of trees including many cherry trees. There is a large Japanese style garden where you can see beautiful cherry blossoms and take a rest.
(On Monday and Friday, the East gardens is closed. In such a case, we will visit one of alternatives: Ueno Park, Sumida Park, and Yasukuni Shrine.)
2.Chidorigafuchi and Kitanomaru Park
In Chidorigafuchi area, hundreds of cherry trees decorate the moats of the Imperial palace. People enjoy cherry blossom viewing from small rental boats. The park next to it is called Kitanomaru Park, and is a place for quiet viewing. Every year, a cherry blossom festival is held around the Chidorigafuchi that goes on until nighttime.
3. Shinjuku Gyoen park
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.
Other than these places, the following popular cherry spots can be added or replaced according to a customer's request.
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.
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.
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.
subway or taxi : from your hotel to Otemachi station (you and guide)
subway : from Kudanshita station to Shinjuku sanchome station :220JPY (you)
entrance fee of the Shinjuku Gyoen : 200 JPY (you)
food and drinks (you)
Only available during cherry blossom season in Tokyo, from Mar. 27 to Apr.10
1. This tour is available during cherry blossom season from late March to early April.
2. The cherry blossoming period depends upon the weather. So, please understand that full blooming cherry trees are not always seen.
3. Small shops do not accept a credit card, please bring Japanese Yen needed.
4. Comfortable shoes are recommended, because we walk more than 3 km.
5. When the weather is bad, the tour course may be changed after consultation with a guest.
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Eddy was an absolute joy as a guide. We had a very unique request, of going to the Tokyo area flood control system, a huge underground cavern used to protect outer Tokyo. He gladly accepted such a unique tour. My wife an I were really surprised and pleased to see he even faxed our hotel to make sure we knew where to meet him! He also filled our long train rides with all kinds of fun activities, like learning about Japanese writing, history, and important phrases. Over lunch, he even taught us how to make oragami! He was very kind and patient, and we had a wonderful time. Thank you so much Eddy!
Thank you very much for the wonderful review. I was pleased to guide you, a nice young couple from US. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your honeymoon in Japan. Eddy
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with Eddy who not only showed us what was described on the itinerary like the Castle Museum , the Shinto Shrine and the shopping centre (where we bought excellent sashimi at ridiculous low price) but also enlightened us on Japanese culture. He showed us the correct ways to pray at the Shinto Shrine for example which was interesting. As it was our first time navigating the public train and bus system his patience and guidance was invaluable especially if we plan to travel further in Japan. Travelling with a local really broadens the experience.
Dear Chun and Gwen, Thank you so much for the warm review. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour with me. I hope you will come back to Japan again soon. Best regards, Eddy
We have been privileged to travel the world and have had many guides. Eddy will forever stand out as the best tour guide. He was so informative, kind, and it felt like you were spending the day with a relative. We learned so much about the Japanese culture. He packed in a FULL day so that we could see everything we had asked to see. He was extremely organized, and all we had to do was just enjoy the tours. His English is excellent. I would highly recommend Eddy.
Dear Lisa and Steve, Thank you so much for the kind review. I am very happy to hear your words. Although the weather was not very good, we visited many popular spots in Tokyo and saw unique culture. It was good that you got good luck with a sacred lot at Sensoji temple in Asakusa. I also felt lucky to talk with a lovely couple and to learn how to enjoy life. Thank you again and please enjoy your tour in Hakone and Kyoto soon. Eddy.
Excellent guide, very informative tour with historical background.
Dear Gaby, Thank you very much for your good review. I think that you came to Tokyo at the best time to see cherry blossoms. I hope that you and your mother made good memories in Japan. And I hope that I will visit Stuttgart, Benz und Porsche Town, in the future. Auf Wiedersehen Eddy
It was a pleasure to meet Eddy and learn more about Japanese culture and the area of Chiba. I appreciated his local knowledge and he paced my morning tour well as I had only just arrived in Chiba the previous day.
Dear Jacqui, Thank you for writing such a nice review of my tour so soon. I am very glad you enjoyed the tour. I hope you will come back to Japan again. Best regards, Eddy