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Recommended sakura viewing spots in Tokyo

Tokyo turns the pale pink hue of cherry blossoms in the spring months of March and April. This section introduces recommended sakura viewing spots, from Ueno to the Sumidagawa River to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

  • The vast park home to over 1,000 cherry trees has been a Mecca for sakura viewers since the premodern Edo period. Must-sees are the main boulevard between Hakamagoshi Plaza and the Grand Fountain, and the blossoms surrounding and reflecting in Shinobazu Pond. At night, paper lamps are lit to create a majestic mood.

    • Access: in front of JR Ueno Station
  • The park covering a 1-kilometer-long section along the banks of the Sumidagawa River between Azuma-bashi Bridge and Sakura-bashi Bridge offers the spectacular view of 1,000 cherry trees. The vista can be enjoyed from the renowned Asakusa rickshaw, a yakatabune houseboat, and a waterbus, too. The scene comes complete with TOKYO SKYTREE towering beyond the sakura.

    • Access: 5 minutes on foot from Subway/Tobu Line Asakusa Station
  • Some 1,300 cherry trees of different varieties bloom in the former garden of the Imperial Family. After the cherry blossoms have fluttered down and covered the vast lawn, azaleas and roses take their place and welcome visitors. The premises blending three distinct garden styles—Japanese traditional, French formal, and English landscape—are home to as many as 10,000 trees.

    • Access: 5 minutes on foot from Subway Shinjuku-Gyoenmae Station, or 10 minutes on foot from Shinjuku Station for each line
  • The 700 meters long lush green walkway, along the moat of the Imperial Palace is one of the best spots in Tokyo for viewing cherry blossoms. Each year between late March and early April, the area draws crowds to the breathtaking sight of the walkway tinted pale pink. The Chiyoda Sakura-matsuri Festival held around this time illuminates the cherry blossoms at night, offering another spectacular view of the blossoms reflecting in the water.

    • Access: Subway Kudanshita Station or Hanzomon Station
  • The vast expanse of the national government-managed Showa Kinen park features some 1,500 cherry trees of 31 varieties that blossom in spring. About 200 of these are the Somei Yoshino clustered in the cherry blossom area north of the open field in the center, offering a stunning view of sakura in full bloom against the immense blue of the sky.

    • Access: 15-min. walk from JR Tachikawa Station Tachikawa Exit; 13-min. walk from Tama Monorail Tachikawa-Kita Station Tachikawa Exit
  • The complex home to some 150 trees of the Somei Yoshino and other varieties also commands a view of the 44 cherry trees in the adjacent Hinokicho Park. The blossoms on Sakura-dori Street are illuminated at night for a romantic view in the heart of Tokyo.

    • Access: Tokyo Metro / Toei Roppongi Station / Nogizaka Station
  • The gardens were constructed by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu on land given to him in 1695 by the fifth shogun, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi. The land was part of the flat Musashino region, and it took Yanagisawa seven years to dig a pond, create hills, bring water from the Senkawa River to fill the pond, and realize his vision of a path winding through the artificial landscape.

    • Access: 7 minutes on foot from JR/Subway Komagome Station
  • Originally a medicinal herb garden built by the Tokugawa shogunate, the site was later converted into Japan’s first botanical garden, and today contributes to research in botanical sciences. The grounds attract crowds for the renowned vista of cherry blossoms. And in late April, the beauty of the Japanese garden and the colorful azaleas in the azalea garden is such that it is depicted in novels and films.

    • Access: 10 minutes on foot from Subway Hakusan Station, or 15 minutes on foot from Subway Myogadani Station
  • Nakameguro is a well-known home to chic restaurants and stores. The Megurogawa River flowing through this area is one of Tokyo’s most famous cherry blossom viewing spots. Some 800 trees lining a 3.8-kilometer-long section of the banks form a pale pink arch that appears to be absorbed into the river. The sight is such a beauty that passersby can’t help stopping to take a picture.

    • Access: 2 minutes on foot from Tokyu Line Naka-Meguro Station
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