1. Ueno sakura
    Photo: Navapon Plodprong/Dreamstime
  2. meguro river sakura | Time Out Tokyo
    Photo: Manabu MorookaMeguro River
  3. Shinjuku Gyoen, Japanese garden
    Photo: Voyata/DreamstimeShinjuku Gyoen

Ultimate guide to the 2023 cherry blossom season in Tokyo

The best parks and gardens in Tokyo to enjoy cherry blossoms, sakura events, festivals and illuminations, plus day trips

Lim Chee Wah
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This is it: the 2023 cherry blossom season has started in Tokyo.

Sakura, or cherry blossoms, are synonymous with Japan. Mention spring and, chances are, you'll imagine trees bursting with delicate blooms of white and pink lining the rivers and dotting the parks everywhere in Tokyo.

There's a ritual of sorts (known as hanami) that locals adhere to when enjoying this fleeting season, which lasts only for a couple of weeks at most. However, rest assured, even after the flowers have withered, you'll still find the essence of the season in the city's many food and drink offerings, from sakura-flavoured lattes to pretty desserts featuring the beautiful petals. 

Here we've pulled together a guide to help you make the most of the sakura season – yes, Instagram inspiration included. Plus, we've also compiled a list of sakura facts that will make you seem like an expert in no time.

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