Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

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Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

2018-11-07T09:33:29+00:00October 26th, 2018|Forecast, News, Travel Japan|

The year is about to end and probably most of you, travelers are already planning your next year’s trip! Eyeing to visit Japan? Tokyo particularly this coming spring season? Here is the list of best places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo.

Japan’s Cherry Blossom

Japan the land of the rising sun, it is impossible to think about Japan without its most iconic image of cherry blossoms or “sakura” in Japanese. These little pink and white flowers that makes a spectacular view in spring are Japan’s national flower.

Peak Blooming Season in Tokyo

The peak blooming season of the cherry blossoms in Tokyo are from late March to mid-April. In Tokyo there are several parks and gardens that you can visit during the season, no need to go out of Tokyo!

We listed below the best places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo.

One quick and obvious tip is visiting the park or garden early to avoid the crowd, cherry blossoms are not only anticipated by the tourists but also the locals from different parts of Japan. So, make sure you plan your itinerary well with these best places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo.

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Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

1. Koishikawa Korakuen Park

Best Viewing Date:  Early April

Koishikawa korakuen is located just behind Tokyo Dome, famous for it’s weeping cherry blossom tree. It is a beautiful man-made garden within the heart of Tokyo, not too big unlike Shinjuku Gyoen but just right to take your mind off the busy streets of Tokyo.

Koishikawa korakuen is definitely a must visit garden to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo.

Park Information

Admission Fee: 300 yen

Open Hours: 9:00AM – 17:00PM (Last entry is until 16:30PM)

Nearest Station:

Iidabashi Station (JR Chuo Line) 5-10 minute walk.

2. Diver City Tokyo Plaza – Gundam Unicorn

Best Viewing Date:  Early April

Diver City Tokyo plaza opened in 2012 with seven floors and several well-known American apparel stores. It became famous because of the Gundam Unicorn model that they have just outside the food court of the plaza.

If you search for the best places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo, you might not find Diver City Tokyo Plaza on the list but I want to put it now on the list and show you the pictures of last year’s cherry blossom views at the Plaza with the Gundam Unicorn! It is a must visit place and definitely you don’t want to miss this place out.

Park Information

Admission Fee: Free

Open Hours: 10:00AM – 21:00PM, Monday-Sunday

Unicorn Gundam Show times (Transform):

11:00AM, 13:00PM, 15:00PM and 17:00 PM

Nearest Station:

Tokyo Teleport Station

3. Chidorigafuchi Park

Best Viewing Date:  Early April

Chidorigafuchi is one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo during the season. It is a 700m long tunnel of cherry blossom trees along the moat of the Imperial Palace.The famous Chidorigafuchi park is lined with hundreds of sakura trees, the moat is covered in pink by the beautiful blossoms during the cherry blossom season. In night time the trees are illuminated which gives a stunning romantic view of the Imperial Palace’s moat.

The park is very crowded during the season even if you say you’ll visit on a weekday morning, you still be overwhelmed by the crowd because the park is famous for the locals and especially for the tourists.

Park Information

Admission Fee: Free

Open Hours: 24 hrs.

Boat Rental :(11:00 AM – 17:30PM)

: 500 yen – 30 minutes (regular season)

: 800 yen – 30 minutes (Cherry Blossom Season)

Nearest Station:

5-minute walk from Kudanshita Station / Hanzomon Station

4. Ueno Park

Best Viewing Date:  Early April

Ueno Park is one of the biggest park in Tokyo which is famous because of the museums situated inside the park and the beautiful sight it makes during spring time. Ueno park houses more that 1,000 Sakura trees planted around the park’s vicinity therefore it really has the great view for the cherry blossoms.

Park Information

Admission Fee: Free

Nearest Station:

Ueno Station

5. Shinjuku Gyoen

Best Viewing Date:  Early April

Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019 - Shinjuku Gyoen

Image is Credited to FastJapan.com

Shinjuku Gyoen is on the list of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo. The garden features more than 1000 cherry blossom trees differing in variety. Shinjuku Gyoen is known for its spacious lawns and calm atmosphere, during the cherry blossom season Shinjuku Gyoen is uniquely a great destination for those who want to enjoy the cherry blossom views.

Shinjuku Gyoen not only famous for cherry blossoms but also for the warm colors of the trees in autumn.

Park Information

Admission Fee:

:200 yen – Adults

: Free Admission – Infants

Open Hours: 9:00AM – 16:30PM

!! Pets, Alcohol and Smoking are not allowed inside the park.

Nearest Station:

Sendagaya Station and Shinjuku-Gyoemmae Station.

6. Meguro River

Best Viewing Date:  Early April

Image is Credited to fastjapan.com and jw-webmagazine.com

Meguro river is lined with 800 cherry blossom trees on both sides and spans for about 4 KM. The beautiful cherry blossoms create a magnificent tunnel over the river waters. During cherry blossom season illumination at night are held from around 5:00PM to 9:00PM. The Illuminated cherry blossom trees becomes an enchanting sight with the river reflecting the pinkish flowers.

Park Information

Admission Fee: Free

Open Hours: 24 hrs. Open

Nearest Station:

Nearest station Naka-Meguro, about 3 min. walk from the station.

7. Yoyogi Park

Best Viewing Date:  Early April

Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019 - Yoyogi Park

Image is Credited to jw-webmagazine.com

Yoyogi park is one of the largest national parks in Tokyo, more than 600 trees are planted inside the park’s premises. Yoyogi park is very popular for cherry blossom season which means a lot of people visit the park. Again arrive early in the morning to find and reserve a good spot for your picnic or “hanami” gathering.

Park Information

Admission Fee: Free

Open Hours:

5:00AM – 20:00PM (May to September)

5:00AM – 17:00PM (October to April)

Nearest Station:

Harajuku Station in the JR line.

8. Asukayama Park

Best Viewing Date:  Early April

Asukayama park is also a famous park for cherry blossom viewing but unlike Ueno Park and Shinjuku Gyoen, Asukayama park is a little bit less crowded. This is because the park is only known for the locals, unlike the other parks mentioned earlier. You can find about 600 cherry blossom trees inside the park.

Park Information

Admission Fee: Free

Open Hours: 24 hrs. Open

Nearest Station:

3 min. walk from JR Oji Station.

9. Sumida Park

Best Viewing Date:  Early April

Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019 - Sumida Park

Image is Credited to jsjapan.com

Sumida park is along the river side of Sumida river, the beauty of the river is very famous throughout Japan and becomes even more attractive during the cherry blossom season.

Imagine taking a photo of these beautiful cherry blossoms plus a backdrop of the Tokyo Skytree.

Park Information

Admission Fee: Free

Open Hours: 24 hrs. Open

Nearest Station:

Asakusa Station.

10. Aoyama Cemetery

Best Viewing Date:  Early April

 Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019 - Aoyama Cemetery

Image is Credited to JapanTimes.co.jp

Aoyama Cemetery is one of the oldest and well known public cemeteries in Tokyo. Several old cherry trees lined along the streets of the cemetery. The gorgeous scenery brings a light and happy feeling to every person visiting the cemetery.

Park Information

Admission Fee: Free

Open Hours: 24 hrs. Open

Nearest station:

Nogizaka Station.

11. Rikugien Garden

Best Viewing Date:  Early April

Image is Credited to japanistry.com and fastjapan.com

Rikugien garden is one of the recommended places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo. The garden is famous for both tourists and locals, especially on autumn and spring season.

Rikugien garden is known for it’s beautiful weeping cherry blossom tree or “shidarezakura” which scales 15m high and 20m wide. The weeping cherry blossoms tree is illuminated during the season and makes it more magical.

Park Information

Admission Fee: 300 yen

Open Hours: 9:00AM – 17:00PM

Nearest Station:

Komagome Station (7 Minute walk).