10 of the Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

652

1. Shinjuku Gyoen [Shinjuku Station]

[caption id="attachment_3949" align="alignnone" width="815"]Credit: www.flickr.com Credit: www.flickr.com[/caption]Shinjuku Gyoen is a beautiful park near Shinjuku station featuring more than 1,000 cherry trees in 144 acres. It is easy to find a quiet spot, even though it is a very popular location for cherry blossom (sakura) viewing.

Contact information

Address: 11 Naito-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0014, JapanAccess: 10 minute walk from “New South Exit” of JR Shinjuku StationHours & Fees:9:00 / 16:30Admission: 200 yenRecommended period: Early AprilContactPhone Number: 81.03.3350.0151Email : shinjuku@env.go.jp

2.Ueno Koen [Ueno Station]

[caption id="attachment_3967" align="alignnone" width="815"]Credit: japan-guide.com Credit: japan-guide.com[/caption]Ueno Koen is a large public park that was originally part of Kaneji Temple, but was converted to one of the Japan’s first Western style parks during the Meiji period. The park is famous for its cherry blossoms, as well as for its many museums, including the Tokyo National Museum and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.

Contact information

Address: Ueno Park, Ikenohata SanChome, Taitou, Tokyo, Japan 110-0007Access: Directly outside of JR Ueno Station’s “Park Exit”Hours & Fees:5:00 - 23:00Admission: FreeRecommended period: Late March – Early AprilContactPhone Number +81.03.3828.5644

3.Yoyogi Koen [Harajuku Station]

[caption id="attachment_3954" align="alignnone" width="815"]Credit: wordpress.com Credit: wordpress.com[/caption]Yoyogi Koen is one of Tokyo’s largest city parks, and is known for its cherry blossoms and ginko forest. It is a popular spot for joggers, picnickers, and other recreational activities because of its lovely open lawns.

Contact information

Address: 2-1 Yoyogikamizono, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0052 JapanAccess: 5 minute walk from Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote LineHours & Fees:Always OpenAdmission: FreeRecommended period: All of AprilContactPhone number: +81.03.3469.6081

4. Koishikawa Korakuen [Iidabashi Station]

[caption id="attachment_3955" align="alignnone" width="816"]Credit: www.japan-guide.com Credit: www.japan-guide.com[/caption]Koishikawa Korakuen is one of Tokyo’s most famous Japanese Gardens. It is a peaceful and beautiful place with weeping cherry blossoms. The name ‘Korakuen’ refers to a poem encouraging a ruler to enjoy pleasure only after achieving happiness for his people.

Contact information

Address: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-004 JapanAccess: 2 minutes walk from Iidabashi Station on the the Toei Oedo LineHours & Fees:9:00 – 17:00Admission: 300 yenRecommended period: anytimeContactPhone number: +81.03.3811.3015

5. Inokashira Koen [Kichijoji Station]

[caption id="attachment_3956" align="alignleft" width="815"]Credit: www.kyuhoshi.com Credit: www.kyuhoshi.com[/caption]Inokashira Koen is a 100 year old park in western Tokyo. It is highly recommeneded for cherry blossom viewing because viewers may rent romantic boats and view the beautiful blossoms from Inokashira Pond. This park is also quite famous for bird watching, specifically mandarin ducks, and little grebes.

Contact information

Address: Gotenyama 1-chome, Kichijoji Mianmi Cho 1 chome, Musashino City, Tokyo, JapanAccess: 5 minute walk from Kichijoji Station on the JR Chuo LineHours & Fees:Always open (Toll parking available 24 hours)Admission: freeRecommended period: Early AprilContactPhone number: +81.422.47.6900

6. Sumida River Park [Asakusa Station]

[caption id="attachment_3957" align="alignleft" width="815"]Credit: savvytokyo.com Credit: savvytokyo.com[/caption]This smaller park stretches for a few hundred meters on both banks of the Sumida River. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed from the grounds as well as from boats that cruise down the river. The trees are lit up in the evenings and look beautiful in contrast to the Tokyo Tower in the distance.

Contact information

Address: 1-Chome Mukojima, 5-Chome Chisaki, Sumida, Tokyo, JapanAccess: 1 minute walk from Asakusa StationHours & Fees:Always openAdmission: FreeRecommended period: Early AprilContactPhone number: +81.03.5608.6951

7. Meguro River [Nakameguro Station]

[caption id="attachment_3958" align="alignnone" width="815"]Credit: wordpress.com Credit: wordpress.com[/caption]From the moment you arrive at Nakameguro Station, the cherry blossoms are visible. Almost 800 cherry trees line the Meguro River for 3.8 km, creating an amazing sight. It's the perfect place to go on walks over bridges to view Japanese “Sakura Fubuki,” the moments when cherry blossom petals blow in the wind like delicate snow.

Contact information

Address: Best to start from Nakameguro Station in Meguro-ku of TokyoAccess: I minute from Nakameguro Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya LineHours & Fees:Always OpenAdmission: FreeRecommended period: Early April

8. Roppongi Sakurazaka [Roppongi Station]

[caption id="attachment_3959" align="alignleft" width="815"]Credit: amu-zen.com Credit: amu-zen.com[/caption]Roppongi Sakurazaka is park in Roppongi Hills with a very popular wlaking path for tourists and locals. The Yoshino Cherry Trees planted there are renowned for their beauty, and are lit up in the evenings along with Mohri Garden during the springtime.

Contact information

Address: Roppongi Hills, Minato-ku, Tokyo, JapanAccess: 5 minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Hibiya LineHours & Fees:Park Always OpenAdmission: FreeRecommended period: Light-up during evenings of March 22-April 13 from 17:30-23:00ContactPhone number: +81.03.6406.6000

9. Aoyama Cemetery [Nogizaka Station]

[caption id="attachment_3960" align="alignnone" width="814"]Credit: tumblr.com Credit: tumblr.com[/caption]This cemetery is one of the most beautiful and historically significant places in all of Tokyo. Many significant individuals have been laid to rest there – politicians, soldiers, artists, musicians, athletes. If you are interested in viewing beautiful cherry blossoms while also learning more about Japanese history, Aoyama Cemetery is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

Contact information

Address: 2-32-2 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, JapanAccess: 7 minutes walk from Nogizaka StationHours & Fees:Always Open, but office is open from 8:30-17:15Admission: FreeRecommended period: Early AprilContactPhone number: +81.03.3401.3652

10. Chidorigafuchi [Kudanshita Station]

[caption id="attachment_3961" align="alignnone" width="815"]Credit: wordpress.com Credit: wordpress.com[/caption]Chidorigafuchi is a moat located in the northwest of the Imperial Palace. It has a lovely 700 meter walking path, with 260 cherry trees of different species. They are lit up at night during the blossom season, creating a beautiful tunnel of flowers very popular with tourists and Japanese alike.

Contact information

Address: Kitanomaru Park, Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku, okyo, JapanAccess: 5 minutes walk from either Kudanshita Station or Hansomon StationHours & Fees:Always Open, boat rentals from 11:00 to 17:30Admission: Free (Boat rental is 500 yen for 30 minutes)Recommended period: Early April, Illuminations until 22:00 during blooming seasonContactPhone number: +81.03.3556.0391Written by Eimi Tagore-Erwin