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Cherry Blossoms in Yoyogi Park – One of the Best Hanami Spots in Tokyo

Mei

Writer

Yoyogi park is one of the most popular spots for Hanami in Tokyo indeed. Cherry Blossoms in Yoyogi Park are exceptionally beautiful and attract thousands of viewers every year. In this article, I’ll tell you about the cherry blossoms, or as the Japanese say “Sakura”, in Yoyogi Park. Hanami is an event that the Japanese look forward to every spring when beautiful pink flowers appear on Japanese cherry trees. These flowers are an important symbol in Japanese society. As one of the most popular hangout spots in Tokyo on any given day, Yoyogi park is the place to go for some flower-viewing in Tokyo.


Cherry Blossoms in Yoyogi Park

Hanami in Japan is a celebration that has been going on for centuries. Although it was at first believed to be a luxury event that only nobles could indulge in during earlier periods, now Japanese people with any background take part in this activity. These days, friends, families, and even coworkers head to parks with beautiful cherry trees and settle down with drinks and food.

Image courtesy of “内田ユライ”

Yoyogi park is one of the biggest parks in Tokyo and is located in one of the busiest places in Japan – Shibuya. In the park, you will see over 600 cherry trees in bloom in spring, making for a beautiful sea of pink. Due to the not strict alcohol laws in Japan, many even drink alcohol while watching the flowers. Yoyogi park is really popular, especially for the young crowds. So, there are bound to be many drunk flower-viewers. It may not be as suitable for young families with small children and more for young adults, groups of friends, etc.

What to See and Do in Yoyogi Park?

Imagine hanami as if it’s a seasonal picnic party. To enjoy, just bring whatever you want to eat and/or drink and find a good spot under the cherry tree to enjoy your afternoon. If you bring a picnic mat to sit, disposable cutlery, food, and drinks, you should be able to enjoy like a typical Japanese. How about bringing some sakura mochi, a type of rice cake that’s only available in the spring?

If you didn’t bring enough food to munch on, don’t sweat. There are a plethora of Japanese stalls often seen at festivals called “yatai”, in Yoyogi park during the hanami season. You can find typical Japanese street foods at the yatai such as takoyaki (octopus balls), chocolate bananas, yakisoba, and more!

Details and Access

Dates (blooming season): End of March – Middle of April

Place: Yoyogi park

Address: Tokyo, Shibuya ward, Yoyogi, Kamizonocho 2-1

Official website: http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index039.html

Parking: There is a charge for parking (The first 60 minutes cost 400 Yen and after every 30 minutes cost 200 Yen)

Access:

【Train】It takes about 3 minutes to get to the park on foot from JR Harajuku station or from Tokyo metro Yoyogi park station.

【Car】It takes about 1 minute to get to the park from Yoyogi exit on route 4 Shuto expressway.

Other Things to Do Around Shibuya

Yoyogi park is in Shibuya, so you’ll never be bored. Here are some interesting things to do in the area after flower watching!

Meiji Shrine

This is the most popular Shinto shrine in Tokyo. Surrounded by trees, this is a great spot to relax and understand the traditional culture of Japan.

Takeshita Street

A street going down from Harajuku station that is full of weird and interesting stores. Japanese youngsters love this spot!

Omotesando

Perfect for those looking for a more up-scale feel, this street features luxury brands and a variety of chic cafes and restaurants.

Closing Remarks

If you really want to get a feel of the lives of the Japanese, look no further than Yoyogi park where you can get an authentic hanami experience. The atmosphere and accessibility of the park make it attractive for tourists and locals alike. Let’s try going to the park to enjoy the fleeting beauty of the cherry blossoms!

If you would like to see cherry blossoms in Yoyogi park and wander around Shibuya with a friendly local guide, please check the banner below!

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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!

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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!

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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?

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Don’t Stay Hungry at the Festival!

Image courtesy of Tomomarusan

The food presented during Matsuri is pretty different from the one you get at the restaurants in Japan. Besides, there is a certain charm in grabbing some snack from a food stall and diving back into the festival crowd. I am sure that you will discover something new about Japanese festival food from the following article!

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Mei

Mei is currently studying in Tokyo. When she’s not reading about politics, she is planning her next local adventure.

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