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5 spectacular cherry blossom illuminations in Tokyo in 2024

Sakura are gorgeous in the day, but the light-ups at parks and shrines prove that the blossoms look even better at night

Youka Nagase
Emma Steen
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Youka Nagase
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Emma Steen
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With the weather warming up, we're not far away from Tokyo's cherry blossom season, with the flowers expected to start blooming from mid-March. Hanami (cherry blossom-viewing) picnics are one of the most popular ways to enjoy the flowers during the daytime, but there are plenty of opportunities to admire the pink blossoms in the evening, too.

Many parks, gardens, temples, shrines and streets in Tokyo have special illuminations and light-up events when the sakura trees are in full bloom – so you can still admire these pink blossoms in the dark. Here are some of the best places in Tokyo to see spectacular cherry blossom illuminations in the evening. 

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This green oasis in the centre of Tokyo has cherry blossom trees in full bloom along the Benkei Moat. Visit in the evening between now and April 21 to enjoy the pastel pink blossoms all lit up, with the colour reflecting beautifully off the water below. Plan your visit accordingly and you’ll even get to see the trees illuminated in rainbow colours for four minutes at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm every Friday. Tokyo Garden Terrace is open to the public and it's free to visit, so you can take a casual stroll around the trees.

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