Hello everyone! Cherry blossom season in Japan is right around the corner. Tokyo is expected to be in bloom as of March 22nd – so keep your eye out for these stunning flowers. It is one of the most beautiful seasons in Japan! Here we have created a list of the most wonderful spots around Tokyo where you can go “hanami,” or cherry blossom viewing, as it is popularly known! Enjoy!
1. Ueno Park
Ueno Park is full of glorious arched boulevards of sakura trees all throughout the park! It’s one of the most beautiful spots to go in Tokyo in this season, and at night there are picnic sheets laid out for the public to use freely. Grab one of these prime spots and enjoy a spot of dinner with your friends at the park!
Closest Station: Ueno Station
2. Meguro River
Both Meguro and Nakameguro have breathtaking cherry blossoms views that can be enjoyed alongside the river! During sakura season, there are many street food stands posted down the riverbank where you can pick up a quick snack as you stroll next to the river and take in the view.
Closest Station: Meguro Station
Location: Just walk down the hill until you see the river! It will stretch out on both your left and right. If you follow the crowds, they will lead you to the best bits.
3. Inokashira Park
Inokashira Park is located in Kichijoji. This one might be a bit far but its is most definitely worth the trip! As it’s on the outskirts of Tokyo, you get a more local feel and can enjoy the blooms in a bigger and more open space. The park also has a lake where you can rent out a swan boat to paddle around on the water while surrounded by masses of cherry blossoms!
Closest Station: Kichijoji Station
4. Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
This is one within walking distance of HAKUSAN HOUSE! Just a 25-minute wander down the main street you’ll find a very elegant Japanese-style teien garden filled with numerous beautiful plants and flowers – especially cherry blossoms! If you want to see the cherry blossoms up close, this is the place to go.
– Written by Jado Kono, Resident Assistant at HAKUSAN HOUSE