My Tokyo Guide
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Updated: October 5, 2021
Explore the city’s streets and natural scenery—the charms of Tokyo are the charms of the four seasons: fireworks in summer, the changing foliage in fall, the nighttime views of winter, and cherry blossoms in the spring. Each scene is unique to its season, each view all the lovelier when seen by boat.
Between April and March in Tokyo, the cherry blossoms reach their peak. Thousands of trees come into bloom on the city's many river banks providing spectacular views from the water. Indeed, boats float by some of the best cherry-blossom viewing spots in Tokyo! Enjoy the illuminated blossoms in full bloom at night and also the blanket of petals which covers the surface of the water when you take a water bus. Of particular interest are the many blossom festivals on the Sumida River, the blossoms on the Meguro River, and around Chidorigafuchi.
When and where to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo
In summer, the banks and riverbed are host to various festivals and firework competitions. Feel the beauty and force of each firework as you watch from the deck of a water bus or yakatabune. The soft light of yakatabune lanterns and bright splashes of light from firework festivals reflecting off the water is a classic image of summertime in Tokyo.
Autumn’s approach can be felt in the trees, dotted with color beneath a clear sky. From the end of November to the beginning of December, the trees in waterfront spots like Sumida Park and Hamarikyu Park burn with orange and red leaves. Ride among the fiery leaves as you experience an autumn like no other.
Winter is the season for evening scenery. See the city sparkling and reflecting of the water like crystal towers under a starry sky. The bridge over the Sumida River, Tokyo Skytree, the illuminated Tokyo Tower, and the light shows of Tokyo Bay—it is a joy to take in these views in a single sweep as you cruise the nighttime waters.
Winter Illumination Guide