Best cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo

Where to see the sakura – Tokyo parks, gardens and more great hanami spots
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By Time Out Tokyo Editors |
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The cold of winter has lifted and our great city is slowly switching gears into spring. In other words, the 2019 Tokyo sakura season is just around the corner – the Meteorological Agency’s latest cherry blossom forecast sets the opening date for March 22, while ‘peak bloom’ is expected around March 28-29. Although these divinations tend to change frequently the closer we get to March, there’s still no harm in planning ahead for your hanami. Here’s our pick of sakura-related events taking place in and around Tokyo, from lit-up gardens to full-on spring festivals.

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Rikugien Cherry Blossom Lightup

icon-location-pin Rikugien, Komagome
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Rikugien's annual spring celebration will be back again for 2019, which means that both the park's huge cherry trees and the rest of the beautiful Japanese garden will be lit up in the evening, creating a magical atmosphere for sakura flower viewing. The park stays open until 9pm for the duration of the event...

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Sankeien Sakura Evenings

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Yokohama's Sankeien, a beautiful and spacious Japanese garden, gets even more picturesque when the cherry blossoms burst into bloom. Opening hours are extended for the occasion, and the sakura trees are lit up at night, creating a spectacular scene...

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Midtown Blossom

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Celebrate the arrival of spring at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi. The centrepiece of this annual event, currently in its 12th year, will be the 200m-long cherry blossom-lined avenue through the Garden Area of Tokyo Midtown. It’s especially magical at night when it’s all lit up...

Museums

Hanami at the Museum

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The National Museum in Ueno opens its beautiful garden for cherry blossom viewing in March and April, while there will also be a special sakura-related exhibition, light-up show and pop-up café going on...

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Yozakura Noh at Yasukuni Shrine

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Held annually since 1992, Yasukuni's sakura season special sees traditional plays performed under the shrine's blooming cherry trees. In addition to Noh, the programme includes kyogen (comedic spoken drama) plays and maibayashi (an abbreviated style of Noh with music)...

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Toshimaen Cherry Blossom Festival

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An amusement park might sound a little unorthodox for a place to view cherry blossoms, but Toshimaen is one of the most popular destinations for people who want to look at the trees in full bloom. You can look down at 500 cherry blossoms while riding attractions...

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Minato Mirai Sakura Festival

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The annual ‘Sakura Festa’ will be held again this year in Minato Mirai on Sakura Dori, which stretches from JR Sakuragicho Station to Pacifico Yokohama. 103 cherry blossom trees will be in full bloom over the 500 metre road...

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Attractions, Parks and gardens

Yoyogi Park

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Possibly the city's most popular location for cherry blossom viewing – but also one of Tokyo's most crowded, rowdy and dirty ones...

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Asukayama Park

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Along with Ueno Park, Asukayama Park is one of the oldest in Tokyo, and people from all over the city have been coming here to see the sakura in spring ever since shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune had the trees planted in the first half of the 18th century...
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Arisugawa Park

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An undulating park, Arisugawanomiya Memorial Park has been landscaped to take advantage of nature. During the Edo period, the grounds were originally the suburban residence for the Daimyo of the Morioka Nanbu clan...

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Shinjuku Gyoen

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You might not expect to find tranquility in bustling Shinjuku, but stump up the meagre ¥200 entrance fee and step into the entirely different world of Shinjuku Gyoen, possibly Tokyo’s most beautiful green space. Come sakura season, the whole place erupts into so much riotous pink, you’d be forgiven for thinking a Pride march had rolled through town...

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Meguro River

Another long-running favourite, the banks of the Meguro River always get packed with hanami-goers around the end of March. If possible, avoid crowds by moving away from the area around Nakameguro Station...

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Inokashira Park

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Located just 15 minutes from the centre of Tokyo, this Kichijoji park has more than enough to occupy you for an afternoon, including a zoo, a pond with amusingly shaped rental boats, and playground facilities – plus some of the city's most spectacular cherry blossoms...

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Chidorigafuchi Boathouse

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Chidorigafuchi is famous for its spectacular sakura, which include around 200 somei-yoshino and yamazakura cherry blossom trees. Renting a boat at this boathouse, located in the centre of Chidorigafuchi Park, and paddling under the flowering branches...

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