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During cherry blossom season, people flock to Japan for the beauty of the city, lined with trees adorned with these gorgeous pink flowers. In some years, the best time to see the flowers is in the middle of the month.

Cherry blossom season is the season to celebrate spring in Japan. You will find yourself immersed in several cultural tributes and festivals that are a tribute to the cherry blossom trees with their gorgeous cherry blossoms. Here are some famous cherry blossom spots in Tokyo.

8 cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo

Yoyogi park

Yoyogi Park in Tokyo, which is mainly used to host events and markets, is one of Tokyo’s most popular cherry blossom spots. Close to the Shinjuku area, there are about 600 cherry blossoms of the same kind as Somei Yoshino, except for the slightly darker pink color. Because it is an early-blooming variety, you can appreciate the cherry blossoms early in the blooming season.

Imperial Palace East Gardens

The Imperial Palace East Gardens, which are free to enter, are perfect for a leisurely stroll and are one of the area’s famous picnic spots. The cherry blossom trees here have a pale pink color and are so beautiful to sit under and look at all spring long. Located in central Tokyo, these gardens provide the refuge you need to escape busy city life and tall concrete buildings. The nearby Chidori-ga-fuchi is a famous spot for cherry blossom viewing, and there is a moat that runs through the canal. These gardens are near Tokyo Station.

Showa Memorial Park

Showa Kinen Park in Tokyo with cherry blossoms
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Tucked away in a quiet suburb of Tokyo, Showa Kinen Park is a 40-minute train ride from the bustling Shinjuku area. Also known as Showa Kinen Park, with over 1,500 cherry trees and over 30 varieties of beautiful cherry blossoms, he is one of Tokyo’s most popular cherry blossom viewing spots. We also recommend renting a bicycle here and going around the park.

Meguro River

Meguro river in Tokyo with cherry blossoms
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A four-kilometer-long gorgeous river lined with more than 800 cherry blossom trees, the Meguro River’s spectacular cherry blossom petals fall into the canal, creating one of Tokyo’s most beautiful cherry blossom viewing spots. The illuminated cherry blossoms at night are like a fairy tale. Every year, the Meguro River holds a grand cherry blossom festival, and many food stalls line the riverside.

Ueno Park

Ueno Park in Tokyo with cherry blossoms
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Ueno Park is one of the most crowded cherry blossom viewing spots, as many people come here for the hanami parties, which are hanami festivals. Most people plan a picnic here and it’s a great place to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. A gorgeous large pond in the park also adds to the park’s natural beauty.

Sumida Park

Sumida Park in Tokyo with cherry blossoms
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In spring, cherry blossoms are in full bloom along with the Tokyo Sky Tree and Sumida River, and Sumida Park is a place where you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing for a long time. There are more than 1,000 cherry blossom trees along the Sumida River, and you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing by cruising along this river. This park extends from Azumabashi to Sakurabashi in Tokyo.

Asukayama Park

Asukayama Park in Tokyo with cherry blossoms
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Asukayama Park is a unique park with a monorail that connects the entrance to the top of a hill with 600 cherry trees. Being one of Tokyo’s oldest cherry blossom and hanami spots, it’s definitely popular with locals and tourists alike. It is one of the best scenic spots with a bright red streetcar and a superb view, various cherry blossoms from pale pink to dark pink, and illuminated at night!

Rikugien Garden

Rikugien garden in Tokyo with cherry blossoms
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These are traditional Japanese landscape gardens with breathtaking large weeping cherry trees that are lit up after dark and are about 50 feet high. This is a very lush zen garden, perfect for a peaceful afternoon or evening. In spring it is full of lush trees with pockets of bright colors. This garden has a large pond and is more peaceful.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the best place to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo?

Some of the best places to enjoy cherry blossom season in Tokyo are:

  • Yoyogi park
  • Imperial Palace East Gardens
  • Showa Memorial Park
  • Meguro River
  • Ueno Park
  • Sumida Park
  • Asukayama Park
  • Rikugien Garden

Where is the best place to see cherry blossoms in Japan?

Some of Japan’s most popular cherry blossom spots include Tokyo, Kyoto, Yoshino in Kansai, Himeji Castle in Kansai, Fuji Five Lakes in Chubu, and Hirosaki Castle in Tohoku.

Where are the cherry trees in Tokyo?

Some of the best places to enjoy cherry blossoms and cherry blossom season in Tokyo are:

  • Yoyogi park
  • Imperial Palace East Gardens
  • Showa Memorial Park
  • Meguro River
  • Ueno Park
  • Sumida Park
  • Asukayama Park
  • Rikugien Garden

Where can you see early-blooming cherry blossoms?

Kawazu, a small town near Shizuoka, is a very popular early-blooming cherry blossom spot in Japan.

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