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Photo: Lim Chee Wah
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Photo: Lim Chee WahCherry blossoms at Meguro River, Mar 24 2021
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Photo: Lim Chee WahCherry blossoms at Yasukuni Shrine, Mar 24 2021
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Photo: Lim Chee WahCherry blossoms at Chidorigafuchi Moat, Mar 24 2021

Cherry blossoms 2021 report: are the sakura at full bloom yet?

We're keeping an eye on the sakura situation in Tokyo, so you can enjoy the blooms from home

By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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Read before you go: Here are the official notices from park authorities regarding cherry blossom activities at the respective venues.

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In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s cherry blossom season feels a little different. Festivals have been cancelled and many parks have discouraged hanami picnics to stop people from gathering. To keep you up to date on all the blossoms, we've done the legwork to show you photos from different sakura destinations in Tokyo, so you can follow the blooming cycle from home.

The sakura in Tokyo started blooming a full 12 days earlier than usual this year. While the official forecast predicted trees would reach mankai (full bloom) on March 22, we've noticed in some areas that the flowers are only just budding. 

With some planning, it’s still possible to see the sakura and get some fresh air while social distancing. Consider walking instead of taking the train, opt out of hanami parties and avoid crowded areas. Luckily, cherry blossoms can be found throughout Tokyo – save the more famous locations for next year. 

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March 20-26

Komaba Park sakura
Komaba Park sakura
Photo: Kaila Imada

Komaba Park

As seen on Friday March 26

Komaba Park in Meguro is currently in peak bloom with flower petals already starting to fall due to the windy day. The park closes early at 4.30pm, so go in the morning or late afternoon after the lunch crowd.

Tokyo Midtown Roppongi sakura
Tokyo Midtown Roppongi sakura
Photo: Lim Chee Wah

Tokyo Midtown Roppongi

Shopping Roppongi

As seen on Thursday March 25

The sakura are looking brilliant around Roppongi Midtown and are finally in full bloom. In the evening, the trees along the sakura promenade are lit up and Tokyo Midtown is hosting a Midtown Blossom Lounge, serving food by The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo and gin cocktails until April 18.

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Chidorigafuchi Moat, cherry blossoms, sakura
Chidorigafuchi Moat, cherry blossoms, sakura
Photo: Lim Chee Wah

Chidorigafuchi Moat

As seen on Wednesday March 24

The sakura trees along this Imperial Palace moat are looking gorgeous now. We predict peak bloom is just a day or two away. Do note that the annual sakura festival here has been cancelled, and the boat rental service will operate at limited capacity during the day; the nighttime boating session is cancelled altogether. 

Prefer to stay in instead? You can also check out the cherry blossoms here via the official YouTube livestream.  

Cherry blossoms, sakura, Yasukuni Shrine
Cherry blossoms, sakura, Yasukuni Shrine
Photo: Lim Chee Wah

Yasukuni Shrine

As seen on Wednesday March 24

Almost there. Most of the cherry trees in the expansive temple grounds are looking lush. They'll be reaching peak bloom very soon – probably in a day or two. Do note that the seating areas under the sakura trees in the temple's outer compound are closed from 4pm to 8.30am. 

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Cherry blossoms, Meguro River, sakura
Cherry blossoms, Meguro River, sakura
Photo: Lim Chee Wah

Meguro River

As seen on Wednesday March 24

The cherry blossom trees along the Meguro River are nearly at full bloom and should reach their peak in the next day or two. To avoid the crowds, head on over early in the morning because the streets lining the river are packed by lunch hour. Although this year’s sakura festival was cancelled, you’ll still find a few food vendors set up along the river selling snacks and drinks.

Roppongi Keyakizaka-dori sakura
Roppongi Keyakizaka-dori sakura
Photo: Kaila Imada

Roppongi Keyakizaka-dori

As seen on Wednesday March 24

Roppongi's sakura-lined Keyakizaka-dori is almost at full bloom and the flowers should hit their peak over the next couple of days. The trees are already a magnificent sight and are best enjoyed from the pedestrian overpass that runs from the Roppongi Hills shopping centre. 

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Kanda River sakura
Kanda River sakura
Photo: Mao Kawakami

Kanda River

As seen on Wednesday March 24

The cherry blossom trees lining the Kanda River are flourishing and should be in full bloom by the weekend. The streets around the river remain quiet with few pedestrians, especially during the weekdays. The best spot to start your walk is near Edogawabashi Station, from where you can follow the river west towards Waseda Station.

Sumida River, cherry blossoms, sakura, Skytree
Sumida River, cherry blossoms, sakura, Skytree
Photo: Kit Kriewaldt

Sumida River

As seen on Wednesday March 23

The sakura trees along the river are starting to bud, but many trees are still completely bare. That said, you can find some beauties if you know where to look. 

There’s a handful of white cherry blossom trees that are at their peak outside the Riverside Sumida Tower complex in Higashi-Mukojima, right on the river. The area is also pretty quiet, so it’s worth a trip if you’re looking to escape the crowds.

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Ueno Park sakura
Ueno Park sakura
Photo: Lim Chee Wah

Ueno Park

Things to do Ueno

As seen on Saturday March 20

The sakura here have yet to reach midpoint; we estimate that they’re only about 30 percent in bloom. Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing picnics and parties, are banned this year, so any seating areas including grass lawns have been cordoned off. However, you can still stroll through the park to see the blossoms. Please be cautious: keep moving, stick to the dedicated lanes, wear your mask and practice social distancing at all times.

Sumida Park sakura
Sumida Park sakura
Photo: Kit Kriewaldt

Sumida Park

As seen on Saturday March 20

We estimate the cherry blossoms in Sumida Park and the Ushijima Shrine will need another week or two to really get going. So far, one lone tree has put its blossoms out, but the others aren’t following suit just yet. Despite that, the park’s Ushijima Shrine is proving extra popular this year for its sacred ox statue (2021 is the Year of the Ox), so expect more crowds once the blooms begin in earnest. 

For a more impressive sight, the two Princess Miyabi sakura trees between Sumida Park and the Sumida River are full of bright pink blossoms right now. With Asakusa in the background, the trees are a popular photo spot, especially for weddings, so make sure to wear a mask and keep a safe distance from others.

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