What to Expect
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.