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Tokyo’s must-see cherry blossom spots

The first section introduces Tokyo’s most popular spots for hanami.
“Flower viewing” is a once-a-year event that attracts crowds on weekends and at night.
It’s a time-honored celebration of the coming of spring in Tokyo.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

The spot with the longest hanami season

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is home to as many as 1,300 trees of 65 varieties that take turns entertaining hanami-goers, from the kanzakura (winter cherry) in February to the Baigoji Juzukakezakura (cherries of Baigo-ji Temple) in late April. Whereas the hanami season generally runs between late March and early April, when the Somei Yoshino reaches full bloom, at Shinjuku Gyoen it extends to the end of the month. Mid-April is the best time to admire enchanting yaezakura double-flowered varieties including the Ichiyo, which has petals as pale as a pure white sheet of paper were dyed with a single drop of pink. (*Bringing alcoholic beverages and the use of playground equipment are prohibited.)


Ueno Park

Tokyo’s number one hanami spot!

The hills of Ueno are renowned for the beauty of cherry blossoms since the Edo period. Legend has it that Tenkai, the founder of Kan’ei-ji Temple and a great lover of sakura, had the first trees replanted from Mt. Yoshino in the early 17th century.
Ueno Park has some 1,000 trees of the Somei Yoshino, yamazakura (Japanese cherry), and other varieties as well as a 300-meter-long sakura boulevard. This is the ultimate hanami spot in Tokyo, and the one that attracts the liveliest crowd with a plethora of events between late March and early April in conjunction with the Sakura-matsuri Festival.


Sumida Park

Cherries of Bokutei planted by the eighth shogun

The “cherries of Bokutei” along the banks of the Sumida-gawa River between Azuma-bashi Bridge and Sakura-bashi Bridge were long loved by the residents of premodern Tokyo. The trees are believed to be a gift to the commoners from Tokugawa Yoshimune, the eighth shogun of Edo.
Sumida Park commands a view of as many as 1,000 trees of the Somei Yoshino on each side of the river—both Taito-ku side and the Sumida-ku side.
Around late March to early April, Taito-ku hosts a Sumida Park Sakura-matsuri Festival, and Sumida-ku a Bokutei Sakura-matsuri Festival.


Showa Kinen Park

A vast park tinged with spring flowers

The vast expanse of Showa Kinen Park includes some 1,500 trees of 31 cherry varieties that blossom in spring. About 200 of these are the Somei Yoshino clustered in the “sakura garden” north of the open field in the center, offering a view of sakura in full bloom against the blue of the sky.
Showa Kinen Park is a regular host of activities to help visitors enjoy the natural setting, such as bird watching walks, guided tours, and seasonal events. It’s a unique hanami destination, as tulips and other flowers reach full bloom at the same time as the sakura.