Hanami picnics might have gone out the window this year, but that doesn’t mean that cherry blossom season is cancelled entirely. There are sakura-flavoured desserts that are only available at this time of year and cherry blossom inspired afternoon teas to treat yourself to when you’re feeling indulgent. And while picnics may not be the best option for now, you can still stroll through Tokyo’s least crowded cherry blossom spots to admire the flowers on your next afternoon walk.
Spring has come sooner than expected this year with cherry blossoms flowering almost two weeks earlier than usual. It will be a little while before it’s safe to dance with strangers at music festivals again, so it’s just as well that spring is all about exploring the great outdoors. Kickstart your fitness routine by taking to some of the city’s most scenic jogging tracks, or take a socially distanced stroll to view the season’s dazzling flowers – they’re not all sakura, either.
Coronavirus isn’t gone, but with the weather warming and flowers blooming, the world seems a lot more hospitable now than it did a few months ago. Here are the best things to do in and around Tokyo this spring. Just remember to practice social distancing, wear a mask when you're out and sanitise your hands often.
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