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Inokashira Park Cherry Blossoms – Something You Should Never Miss in Tokyo

Izumi

Sawada

Writer

Are you looking for the best place to go and see cherry blossoms in Tokyo? Inokashira park cherry blossoms are amazing and the park is famous for Hanami (cherry blossoms viewing). This article will tell you how to enjoy Inokashira Park Cherry Blossoms and why you shouldn’t miss this opportunity!


What is Hanami?

Hanami means “flower viewing”. In 99% of cases, hanami refers to Cherry blossoms viewing in March and April. This beautiful tradition started more than 1,300 years ago in Japan. At that time, hanami was only for noble families to have fun together with friends. These were very cool and calm parties without any noise and drunk participants. However, now everything is different.

Now, hanami is for everyone, and people enjoy drinking and having a party from morning till night while the cherry blossoms are still on the trees. Some do hanami with their families, and others do it with coworkers or friends. There is no rule for Hanami. Since you are in Japan, you have to use the place in a clean manner, not to cause any troubles to other people.

Inokashira Park Cherry Blossoms Season

From the end of March to the beginning of April, depending on whether you can enjoy cherry blossoms viewing at least for one week. During this time, it is always busy no matter what day it is or what time it is. So, be prepared to meet crowds of cheerful and tipsy Japanese people!

About Inokashira Park Cherry Blossoms

Inokashira park with its spectacular lake was established during the Edo Period. The lake served as one of the major sources of water in Tokyo. At the beginning of the 20th century, on May 1st, 1918 after the emperor gifted the park to Tokyo city, it opened to the public.

What is Special About Hanami at Inokashira Park?

Hanami at Inokashira Park is famous for its night scenes. Hundreds of cherry blossoms surrounding the lake with lights are just so overwhelming. The best time to go there is around 8:00 p.m. The reflection of the blooming trees on the lake surface of Inokashira park is something incredible you should never miss!

How to Enjoy the Flowers?

You can bring the picnic blanket to sit down under the blooming trees, and many people try to take their places from early morning (around 8 a.m.) to hold parties. But you can also rent a small boat to see the blossoms from the lake. A swan boat can be a better choice when there is no place to sit on the ground.

And Nanaibashi is the best place to see the whole park! You will see a breathtaking view of the park from this bridge.

Make a Small Picnic

There will be so many street foods stands in the park. You can get something from there and never get hungry. Of course, you can bring food and drinks yourself. A lot of people drink in the daytime, so it is okay to do so. Typically, Japanese people bring edamame (Japanese green beans), fried chicken, and oden to Hanani. You can get and try those at the food stands along with a large variety of other festival food!

Details and Access

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

Place: Inokashira Park

Address: 1-18-31 Gotenyama, Musashino, Tōkyō

Official website: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index044.html 

Access:

JR Chuo Line “Kichijoji” Station

There is only one line from JR Shinjuku station and will take about 15 minutes. From the station, it will take about 5 minutes by foot to get to the park.

Keio Inokashira Line “Inokashira Park” Station

If you are around Shibuya station, you should take the Keio Inokashira Line. It will be about 15 minutes travel from Shibuya to the”Inokashira Park” station.

Other Things to Do in Kichijoji

Kichijoji is popular among young Japanese. You may find something you like here for sure!

Sun road shopping street

This is one of the biggest shopping areas in Kichijoji. It is about 300 meters long, and you can buy anything you need. Couples also love this street while having a date.

Harmonica shopping lane

You can get a lot of snacks such as Chinese dumplings and deep-fried minced meat. It looks retro, and that attracts a lot of people. It is better to visit here in the evening because you will see those shop lanterns with their gentle light.

Closing Remarks

Kichijoji area might not be known so well yet for travelers from abroad, but it is a beautiful place to visit. I think that the city is becoming more popular every year. So, don’t miss cherry blossoms in Inokashira park and feel Japan with an atmosphere of Hanami!

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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!

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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!

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!

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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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Izumi Sawada

A 21 year old girl who loves traveling and speaks 5+ languages. Don’t have any house and live on the earth literary. That kind of craziness is all I need in my life!

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