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Cherry Blossoms at Meguro River 2019 – the Most Scenic View of Sakura in Tokyo

Maggie

Writer

Cherry blossoms or Sakura represent Japanese spring. About 800 Yoshino cherry trees line the benches of Meguro river for four kilometers and bloom every spring. They make the cherry blossoms at Meguro river look exceptionally amazing. Meguro River Promenade is a No.1 spot for Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) in Tokyo as well as No.1 spot in Japan! Sakura blooming season varies year to year because of the weather conditions. However, Meguro River Promenade Sakura typically blooms from the end of March to beginning of April. You can enjoy Sakura both, during the day and during the night as lanterns will light up the blossoms at night as well. Also, there will be many events and food stalls during the Hanami season to enjoy the festivity even more.


Ohanami

Ohanami means flower viewing and it is a Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beautiful flowers. The history goes back to the Nara period (710-794). In modern days in Japan, Hanami mostly looks like having an outdoor party under Sakura trees during daytime or at night. Thousands of people fill the parks to hold feasts under the blooming trees. Sometimes, these parties go on until late at night. In most of Japan, the cherry blossoming days come at the same time as the beginning of school and work after vacation. Thus, welcoming parties often start with Hanami as well. Usually, people go to the parks to occupy the best places to celebrate Hanami with friends, family, and company coworkers many hours or even days before the start.

Ohanami Cruising

Not only you can walk on the sidewalk to enjoy the view of Sakura, but also you can enjoy it from a cruising boat on Meguro river! I suggest you enjoy the blossoms from the river with no crowds. It is very relaxing indeed. They offer night cruising, dinner cruising, as well as private cruising. So, if you have a group, this would be a great idea to do Ohanami without worrying about reserving spots and waiting for food to arrive.

Sakura Festivals

You can enjoy viewing Sakura as long as the trees are blooming. However, there are two festivals happening on the first weekend of April. First, is the Nakameguro Sakura Festival. It takes place on the first Sunday of April every year. Local shopping district organizes the event along with food stands. Also, local elementary and junior high school students perform at the festival. The 2nd festival is Meguro East Area Sakura festival. It takes place both on Saturday and Sunday. They have stage events including taiko (Japanese traditional drums) performance, guitar performances, and food stands at Dendo Hiroba Park.

Yatai on Weekends

Yatai is a festival food stand. On weekends, you can enjoy food while viewing Sakura. Typically, yatai offer yakisoba (fried noodles), takoyaki (octopus balls), gohei mochi (rice cake on a stick with soy sauce), and some food resembling Sakura season. There is one hair salon whose name is “Sakura”, and they put out the food stand during Hanami season as well. Their specialty is their strawberry champagne. Isn’t it lovely to enjoy the pink drink to match with pink flowers of Sakura trees? They also have non-alcoholic one, so your kids can enjoy it too. From Nakameguro station towards Ikejiri Ohashi station, there are many non-typical festival food stands. You can find food like spicy kalbi on a stick, Sakura bacon (smoked with Sakura tree), a variety of yakitori (chicken skewers), prosciutto and cheese panini, tacos, kebab and drinks like Sakura matcha latte, strawberry soda, strawberry milk, etc. A true paradise for foodies!

Details and Access

Dates: Cherry blossoms – End of March to the beginning of April

Nakameguro Sakura Festival – April 7th, 2019 (estimated)

Meguro East Area Sakura festival – April 6th, 7th, 2019 (estimated)

Illumination Period – March 23rd – April 9th, 2019

Admission: Free

Place: Meguro River Promenade

Official website (Japanese only): https://meguro-kanko.com/event/calendar.php

Access:

There is no public parking, so the best way to access is to use public transportation. Meguro River Promenade is about 10 minutes’ walk from JR Yamanote line Meguro station, 5 minutes’ walk from Tokyu Meguro Line Fudo station. About 2 minutes’ walk from Tokyu Toyoko Line Subway Nakameguro station as well as from Tokyu Denentoshi Line Ikejiri Ohashi station.

Closing Remarks

Sakura represents Japanese spring. And if you want to enjoy the best view of the cherry blossoms, Sakura at Meguro River is the place to be! Easily accessible if you are in Tokyo. Don’t forget to try Sakura themed pink food and drinks while you are there too!

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Maggie

Hi! I am Maggie. I love traveling and telling people about cool things happening in Japan. Hope the article helps with your trip to Japan!

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