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Tokyo Cherry Blossoms Spots and Sakura Festivals to Feel the Spring!

Masaki

Nagamuma

Writer

Spring is just around the corner! Here in Japan, many people enjoy seeing beautiful Sakura at an event which we call “Hanami”. In this article, I would like to introduce the best Tokyo cherry blossoms spots to enjoy Sakura viewing! Also, I will give you information about the festivals where you can enjoy viewing cherry blossoms around Tokyo.

What is Hanami Like?

Hanami is a tradition of watching cherry blossoms and it has been around for more than 1,300 years in Japan. In the beginning, only the noble families had fun together with friends during Hanami. Today, most of the Japanese enjoy the great view of Sakura with their families, friends, and colleagues every year. In this article, you will find the best spots to see Sakura in Tokyo!

Contents

・Best Hanami Spots in Tokyo

1. Yoyogi Park

2. Ueno Onshi Park

3. Sumida Park

4. Inokashira Park

5. Chidorigafuchi Park

6. Shinjuku Gyoen

7. Meguro River

8. Rikugien

9. Asukayama Park

10. Tokyo Midtown

11. Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Q&A

– What to Bring to Enjoy Hanami Party?

– What is the Weather in Tokyo in Spring?

– Festivals to Enjoy Viewing Cherry Blossoms

1. Ichiyo Sakura Festival – Tokyo

2. Kanamara Matsuri – Kanagawa

3. Craft Sake Week at Roppongi Hills – Tokyo

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Best Spots to See Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

1. Cherry Blossoms Viewing in Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi park is one of the biggest parks in Tokyo and is famous for Sakura viewing. It is located around Harajuku and Omotesando. Also, you can have a walk from Shibuya to the park. So, you can visit and see this beautiful view of Sakura after or before shopping.

How to get to Yoyogi Park?

From Tokyo Station

Get on the JR Yamanote line, then get off at Harajuku Station. After 5 minutes walk, you will reach Yoyogi Park.

From Shinjuku Station

Get on the JR Yamanote line, then get off at Harajuku Station. After 5 minutes walk, you will reach Yoyogi Park.

If you want to know more about Hanami in Yoyogi Park, please check the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/cherry-blossoms-in-yoyogi-park-one-of-the-best-hanami-spots-in-tokyo

2. Cherry Blossoms Viewing in Ueno Onshi Park

Ueno Onshi Park is a famous spot for travelers, and it is known as the first park in Japan to be assigned as a Park. You will see over 800 cherry trees there. Also, there are many kinds of National Museums, Ueno Zoo, and some shrines in the Park. It is a great idea to visit the park with your family!

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How to get to Ueno Onshi Park?

From Tokyo Station

Get on the JR Yamanote line, then get off at Ueno Station. After 5 minutes walk, you will reach Ueno Onshi Park.

From Shinjuku Station

Get on the JR Yamanote line, then get off at Ueno Station. After 5 minutes walk, you will reach Ueno Onshi Park.

If you want to know more about Hanami in Ueno Onshi Park, please check the link below

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/1650/

3. Cherry Blossoms Viewing in Sumida Park

Sumida Park is located in Asakusa, which is a famous spot for sightseeing in Tokyo. More than 700 cherry trees line up both sides of the Sumida river. Also, you can see Tokyo Skytree which is the tallest tower and known as the landmark of Tokyo from the park.

How to get to Sumida Park?

From Tokyo Station

Get on the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station, then transfer to the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line to get to Asakusa Station. After 10-15 minutes walk, you will reach Sumida Park.

From Shinjuku Station

Get on the JR Chuo Line to Ochanomizu Station, then transfer to the JR Sobu Line to Asakusabashi, then transfer to the Toei Chikatetsu Asakusa Line to Asakusa Station. After 10-15 minutes walk, you will reach Sumida Park.

If you want to know more about Hanami in Sumida Park, check the following article!

URL:https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/cherry-blossoms-in-sumida-park-enjoy-hanami-from-boat-tokyo

4. Cherry Blossoms Viewing in Inokashira Park

Inokashira Park is located on the west side of Tokyo, and it is also one of the most popular parks in the city. The park is close to Kichijoji which has many great cafés and restaurants. It is nice to visit it after you enjoy the beautiful view of Sakura. Also, there are rowboats and swan boats which you can rent. Take a boat and paddle it in the pond, where the water surface is covered with beautiful Sakura petals.

How to get to Inokashira Park?

From Tokyo Station

Get on the JR Chuo Line, then get off at Kichijoji Station. After 5 minutes walk, you will reach Inokashira Park.

From Shinjuku Station

Get on the JR Chuo Line or JR Sobu Line to Kichijoji Station. After 5 minutes walk, you will reach Inokashira Park.

If you want to know more about Hanami in Inokashira Park, check the following article!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/1096/

5. Cherry Blossoms Viewing in Chidorigafuchi Park

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Chidorigafuchi Park is famous for Yozakura (admiring the beauty of cherry blossoms at night). So, many people visit it at night to enjoy the mysterious atmosphere with lights. Also, you can rent a rowboat to see the beautiful night view of Sakura. The park is located in Chiyoda, which is in the central part of Tokyo. Thus, many people visit here to see the great view of Sakura!

How to get to Chidorigafuchi Park?

From Tokyo Station

5 minutes walk from Kudanshita Station (Take Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line from Tokyo Station and, get off at Otemachi Station. Then, take the Tokyo Metro Hanozomon Line from Otemachi Station to Kudanshita Station).

From Shinjuku Station

5 minutes walk from Hanzoumon Station ( Take Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line from Tokyo Station and, get off at Otemachi Station. Then, take Tokyo Metro Hanozomon Line from Otemachi Station to Hanzoumon Station)

If you want to know more about Hanami in Chidorigafuchi Park, please check the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/cherry-blossoms-in-chidorigafuchi-park-enjoy-hanami-from-boat-tokyo

6. Cherry Blossoms Viewing in Shinjuku Gyoen

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Shinjuku Gyoen is known as one of the most famous tourist spots in Tokyo. Located in Shinjuku which is the central part of Tokyo, makes many people visit this place to see cherry blossoms in spring. You can visit this place after you enjoy shopping around Shinjuku.

 

How to get to Shinjuku Gyoen?

From Tokyo Station

Get on the JR Chuo line, then get off at Shinjuku Station. After 10- 15 minutes walk, you will reach Shinjuku Gyoen.

Details

Open from 9:00 to 16:00

Fee

Adult: 200 Yen

Child (6-15 years old): 50 Yen

(under 6 years old): free

If you want to know more about Hanami in Shinjuku Gyoen, please check the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/cherry-blossoms-in-shinjuku-gyoen-enjoy-hanami-heart-tokyo

7. Cherry Blossoms Viewing at Meguro River

It is one of the most famous spots to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo. Meguro river is lined with around 800 cherry trees. And the trees along the riverside make a great sight. Many people visit here to have a Hanami party at night after work. It will be a great time for sure!

How to get to Meguro River?

From Tokyo Station

10 minutes walk from Naka-Meguro Station (Take Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line from Tokyo Station and get off at Kasumigaseki Station. Then, take Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line  from Kasumigaseki Station to Naka-Meguro Station)

15 minutes walk from Meguro Station (Take JR Yamanote line from Tokyo Station to Meguro Station)

From Shinjuku Station

15 minutes walk from Meguro Station (Take JR Yamanote line from Shinjuku Station to Meguro Station)

If you want to know more about Hanami At Meguro River Promenade, please check the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/cherry-blossoms-meguro-river-scenic-view-sakura-tokyo

8. Cherry Blossoms Viewing in Rikugien

Rikugien is a beautiful park with a Japnese garden. Many people visit here to see the beautiful sight of Japnese garden. Also, it is known as one of the popular spots to see cherry blossoms. You can enjoy the view of Sakura and the traditional architecture of a Japanese garden here.

How to get to Rikugien?

From Tokyo Station

10 minutes walk from Komagome Station (Take JR Yamanote line from Tokyo Station).

From Shinjuku Station

10 minutes walk from Komagome Station (Take JR Yamanote line from Shinjuku Station).

Details about Rikugien

Open from 9:00 to 17:00

Fee

Adult: 300 Yen

Child: free

Over 65 age: 150 Yen

If you want to know more about Hanami in Rikugien Garden, please check the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/6747/

9. Cherry Blossoms Viewing in Asukayama Park

Asukayama Park has been a favorite spot of viewing cherry blossoms since the Edo Period (1603-1867). Also, it seems to be quieter than at other Hanami spots. If you want to avoid the crowds, it is good to visit this park.

How to get to Asukayama Park?

From Tokyo Station

5 minutes walk from Oji Station (Take JR Keihin-Tohoku Line from Tokyo Station to Oji Station).

From Shinjuku Station

5 minutes walk from Oji Station (Take JR Yamanote Line to Tabata Station, then transfer to JR Keihin-Tohoku Line to Oji Station).

If you want to know more about Hanami in Asukayama Park, please check the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/6420/

 10. Cherry Blossoms Viewing in Tokyo Midtown

Tokyo Midtown is known as a large complex site. So, it is good to come and see cherry blossoms when you want to go shopping or visit a restaurant. The light-up of cherry blossoms takes place at night. The illuminated cherry tree street is one of the best cherry blossoms views at night in Tokyo!

How to get to Tokyo Midtown?

From Tokyo Station

A 1-minute walk from Roppongi Station (Take Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and, get off at Kasumigaseki Station. Then, take Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line from Kasumigaseki Station).

From Shinjuku Station

A 1-minute walk from Roppongi Station (Take Toei Oedo Line to Roppongi Station).

If you want to know more about Hanami in Shinjuku Gyoen, please check the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/6335/

11. Cherry Blossoms Viewing in Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is one of the oldest Japanese gardens, and it was built in the Edo period. It is good to visit if you have any interest in old-style Japanese gardens.

You can`t use the park`s space for picnic or hanami party, but it is possible to see cherry blossoms avoiding the crowds.

How to get to Koishikawa Korakuen Garden?

From Tokyo Station

5-10 minutes walk from Iidabashi Station  (Get on the JR Chuo line to Ochanomizu Station, then transfer to the JR Chuo-Sobu Line to get to Iidabashi Station).

5-10 minutes walk from Suidobashi Station (Get on the JR Chuo line to Ochanomizu Station, then transfer to the JR Chuo-Sobu Line to get to Suidobashi Station).

From Shinjuku Station

5-10 minutes walk from Iidabashi Station or Suidobashi Station (Get on the JR Sobu line to Iidabashi Station or Suidobashi Station)

If you want to know more about Hanami in Koishikawa Korakuen, please check the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/6285/

Q&A

What to Bring to Enjoy Hanami Party?

The most important things you need to bring is something you can sit on. Most of the Japanese bring a big picnic sheet to sit with many people.

Also, you need something to eat and drink, such as snacks, sandwiches, and alcohol. Plastic plates, forks, and cups are also useful as well. In Japan, most of the families bring lunch boxes and something to play (baseball, soccer ball) to enjoy Hanami. In Yoyogi Park, there is a store to buy balls and everything to enjoy in the park, also there is a huge field to play with your friends and children. It will become a great time for you for sure!

What is the Weather in Tokyo in Spring?

When you travel to another country, you will probably worry about the weather there. For those people who want to learn about the weather in spring in Japan, I would like to explain it.

Around March, there are mostly cold days, so you probably need a jacket to bring. The average temperature in the afternoon is around 13 degrees Celsius and 5 degrees Celsius during morning and night.

In April, there are plenty of sunny days with a clear sky. The average temperature in the afternoon is around 23 degrees Celsius, and decrease to 15 degrees Celsius during morning and night.

In May, during the afternoons it will be around 23 degrees Celsius, while in the evenings and mornings temperature decreases to 15 degrees.

In Japan, spring is a perfect season to go outside because the weather is usually good. However, if you are planning to visit Japan at the end of May, you should bring an umbrella. In Japan, there is a season called “Tsuyu”, which means rainy season. It starts from the end of May to the beginning of June.

Festivals to Enjoy Viewing Cherry Blossoms

1. Ichiyo Sakura Festival – Tokyo

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Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri 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.

How to get to Ichiyo Sakura Festival?

A 1-minute walk from Asakusa Station

If you want to know more about this festival, please check the link below!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/825/

2. Kanamara Matsuri – Kanagawa

This festival is one of the unique festivals in Japan. It is well known around the world as the Japanese Penis Festival or the Festival of the Steel Phallus. This festival celebrates fertility and sexual health with the penis being central attraction. The main attractions are the two large penis-shaped “mikoshi” (portable shrines) which are carried by festivalgoers. It will be a unique experience for sure! The festival is held around the first week of April, so it is the best time to enjoy the festival and see the cherry blossoms.

How to get to Kanamaru Matsuri?

3 minutes walk from Kawasaki-Daishi Station (Take JR Keihin- Tohoku line  from Tokyo Station)

If you want to know more about this festival, please check the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/743/

3. Craft Sake Week at Roppongi Hills – Tokyo

This event began in 2016 at Roppongi Hills, so it’s still new. However, it has gained great popularity among not only Japanese people but also foreign guests. At this event, you can enjoy a wide variety of sake which is carefully selected from all over Japan. Also, there is one of the famous spots to see cherry blossoms around here. So, you can enjoy the great view of Sakura while having your favorite sake.

How to get to Craft Sake Week at Roppongi Hills?

A 5-minute walk from Roppongi Station (Take Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line from Tokyo Station and, get off at Kasumigaseki Station. Then, take Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line from Kasumigaseki Station)

If you want to know more about this festival, please check the link below.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/3927/

You can enjoy these festivals with local friends as well. If you need any guides to take you to the festival and show you more things to do in Japan, please check the banner below!


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 Kyoto and Osaka!

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 

 

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 just 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 definitely try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!

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

Don’t Stay Hungry at the Festival!

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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!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5504/

Masaki Nagamuma

Hello, I am Masaki Nagamuma, college student in Tokyo. love to visit a lot of place in Japan and other country. If you have any interested in Japan, I want you to check my article.

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