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Cherry Blossoms in Asakusa – Best Place to Feel the Festival of Spring!

Manami

Writer

Cherry blossoms season is a magical time in Japan. And cherry blossoms in Asakusa are exceptionally outstanding. Spring is a time when people gather to experience one of nature’s most beautiful displays. All across the country, the skyline bursts with color as the Sakura trees come into full bloom. In the metropolis of Tokyo, this natural display is all the more striking, creating a stunning contrast with the city’s modern vista.

There are many spots to take in this unique experience, but today we will be looking specifically at Asakusa. Most famously known for the iconic red lantern of the Sensoji Temple (a must-see attraction for any visitor to the area!), Asakusa also boasts some beautiful spots along the Sumida river for enjoying the Japanese tradition of ‘Hanami’ or Cherry Blossom viewing.


About Asakusa Area

The wonder of the river has been captured in the traditional folk song which claims that “the views are incomparable”. And a stroll along the Sumida will treat you not only with the beauty o Sakura, but also will provide you with a chance to take in some of Tokyo’s most astounding man-made wonders such as the breath-taking Tokyo Skytree. Along the way, you can also take advantage of the many sightseeing ferries that berth along the river. They connect to other areas of the city such as Odaiba district (the home of Fuji TV), Hamarikyu Garden, and Ryogoku, famous for its sumo.

Though many will argue that Ueno Park is the best place to take in the Cherry Blossoms, the beauty of this part of Tokyo is simply undeniable.

Cherry Blossoms in Asakusa. Hamani at Sensoji Temple

April 8th is a very special festival day in Buddhist temples – Hana Matsuri or Flower Festival. This is the day when people celebrate Buddha’s birthday. If you are lucky, the Cherry blossoms are still in bloom, giving a phenomenal view of the recently renovated pagoda alongside Tokyo Skytree, brought into vivid life by the natural wonder of Sakura.

During this time, the street between the gate and the temple comes to life, offering, alongside its usual array of gifts and souvenirs, seasonal specialties to mark the occasion. One of my favorites is Sakura-mochi, a rice cake filled with sweet beans and flavored with Sakura, which is popular among young and old alike. You can also sample cherry blossom ice tea, rumored to bring luck to its drinker, as well as other countless local delicacies.

Other Great Spots for Cherry Blossom Viewing in Tokyo

Ueno Park – A must for any visitor to the city!

Rikugien Garden – A beautiful garden once belonging to a local samurai. It is home to some beautiful trees and a great place to sample matcha tea.

Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden – A lovely secluded spot where you can also view Tokyo Tower through the Cherry Blossoms.

Yoyogi Park – Famous as the home of Tokyo passion. Any visitor should take a day out here (I recommend Sundays for the ultimate fashion experience!). This is a great place for people-watching and a picnic.

Ichiyo Sakura Festival

Except for Hanami only, I suggest you see Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri in the middle of April in Asakusa. It is one of the few festivals in modern Japan where you can still feel the charming atmosphere of old times watching beautiful Oirans. You will see the parade of local residents dressed in traditional clothes, and the Oiran’s fashion. It is unique and something exceptional to see. This festivity is impressive to see with the background of the cherry blossoms. It takes place on the second Saturday of April every year. In 2019 on April 13th. It usually starts at 10:00 and finishes at 16:00.
Please refer to the following article to know more about Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri, URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/ichiyo-sakura-festival-beautiful-oiran-procession-cherry-blossoms

Details and Access

Dates (blooming period): Beginning of March – Mid-April

Place: Sensoji Temple precincts.

Address: 2 Chome 3-1, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Inquiry: TEL: 03-3844-1221 (Asakusa Tourism Union)

Access

・ 5 minutes on foot from Asakusa station (Tokyo Metro Line, and Tobu Isezaki Line)
・ 7 minutes on foot from Asakusa station (Toei Subway Asakusa Line)

From Narita Airport:

1. Narita Sky Access to Asakusa (No change/ One easy change) about 1300 Yen.
There are a few different routes to go, but using Keisei Line is the easiest, cheapest and quickest way!
(You cannot use Japan Rail Pass I’m afraid!)

2. Narita express or JR So-bu Rapid Train
Go to Tokyo station or Kinshicho station at first and then you will need to change a few times at least.
You can use Japan Rail Pass, but it is for advanced travelers!

3. Airport limousine is available!
It is a little bit more expensive than taking the train to go up to Tokyo, but you can go to Asakusa-View Hotel straight away and it takes only 1:30 hrs and cost 2800 Yen.
This is for beginners and an easy option too!

Asakusa/Tokyo Souvenirs

Tokyo -BANANA
Cream filled cake shaped like bananas! A few different flavors and designs are available now.

Kit Kat
Everyone’s favorite Kit Kat! Tokyo limited taste and seasonal ones are available!

Senbei (Rice cracker)
In Asakusa, you can see so many pop-up shops, and you can get fresh ones.

Tokyo Hiyoko
Typical Japanese sweets in the shape of a baby bird.

Yokan
Youkan is a confectionery where sugar and beans are mixed together into a paste that goes well with green tea. Ones that are not made with beans and instead with sweet potato are called Imo youkan.

Closing Remarks

Cherry Blossom season is one of the most excellent times to travel in Japan, a time when the whole country is smiling due to nature’s influence. If you’re in the Tokyo area, there is no better place than Asakusa to take in the festivities, as well as try some local delicacies and take in the city’s fabulous sites!

If you would like to wander around Asakusa and see some amazing festivals in Tokyo together with a friendly local guide, please check the banner below!

All Images are courtesy of 「© Tokyo Convention&Visitors Bureau」

An Ultimate Idea Source for Your Tokyo Stay!

Most of the travelers who come to Japan enter the country through Tokyo. Even if it is not the main place of your destination, it would be a great idea to stay in the capital city for a few days. The biggest conglomerate in the world has much to offer to any kind of traveler. Whether you want to go sightseeing, shopping, eating out, or trying something special that you can experience only in Japan, Tokyo has it all. In the following article, you will find 100 things and many ideas on how to spend your time in Tokyo! Please, have a look, URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/7726/ 

See More Tokyo Spring Events and Festivals This Year!

After cold winter, Tokyo blooms as hundreds of thousands of Sakura trees in spring. Not only it features numerous parks and spots for cherry blossoms viewing, but it also boasts uncountable events that will make your stay even more memorable. The weather is mild, so it is a perfect time for a walk around the city. The following article picked up the most interesting and popular festivals and events to attend this spring in Tokyo! Please take a look!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/popular-tokyo-spring-events-festivals

Enjoy Sakura in Japan!

Cherry blossoms are an essential part of Japanese culture. And, viewing cherry blossoms (Hanami) is very popular in Japan during the spring. This is because cherry blossoms, which the Japanese call “Sakura” are stunning at this season.

If you are planning to visit Japan this spring and want to discover more cherry blossoms spots in Kyoto area, please check the following article. It’s covering the best Hanami spots in the old capital and provides you with the essential information, so you can get the most from your Sakura trip!

Here`s the link. URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/2566/ 

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. It will be a miss if you don’t visit Osaka to see cherry blossoms when you are in the Kansai area in spring. Please check the following article to find out the best cherry blossoms viewing spots in Osaka and Kansai!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/osaka-kansai-cherry-blossoms-spots-sakura-festivals-feel-spring

Kyoto and Osaka have many beautiful spots to see Cherry blossoms. However, other areas also have excellent places for hanami. Tokyo features many of those spots as well! If you are in Tokyo around spring and looking for a place to see cherry blossoms, Why don’t you check the following article?

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/1805/

Would You Like to Know How to Enjoy a Japanese Festival Even More?

A lot of people when they get to a Matsuri for the first time feel a bit lost. They confuse about what is happening around. If you are new to Japanese Festivals or want to know an alternative way of how you can enjoy these events, the following article will provide you with a set of helpful tips on how to choose a proper festival and activities you should try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5363/

Manami

Hi! I`m Manami - a freelance writer originally from Chiba, but now living in Bournemouth in the south of England!

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