The sakura season is upon us and will go by just as quickly as the perfect places for cherry blossom viewing and taking pictures of the sakura. It is a tradition every year to sit underneath the cherry blossoms from late March to early April with good company and share some food and drinks. To find the best places, make sure to check out these parks, gardens and other areas as they are highly recommended. Even taking pictures with the sakura, these places are best! Just make sure you get there early and have your snacks and drinks ready!
Asukayama Park (Oji)
Asukayama Park resides on a hilltop and is one of the oldest spots for hanami. There are plenty of hanami spots and at night, the trees illuminate until 21:00. It has a somewhat calm atmosphere but it can be overflowed with people due to its popularity.
Address: 1-1-3 Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo, #114-0002
How to get there: 2 minute walk from Oji station (JR East Keihin-Tohoku or Tokyo Metro Namboku Line)
Shinjuku Gyeon (Shinjuku)
The park is vast and spacious with plenty of areas for people to have hanami. Because of the space, the atmosphere is very calm and peaeceful. There are a variety of cherry blossoms to see and take pictures of. Alcohol is prohibited and you have to pay ¥200 for the entrance fee. (Open 9:00 – 16:30)
Address: 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, #160-0014
How to get there: 5 minute walk from Shinjuku Gyeonmae Station (Tokyo Metro Marunochi Line) or 10 minute walk from Shinjuku Station (JR Yamanote Line, Tokyo Metro Marunochi or Oedo Line)
Ueno Park (Ueno)
With more than 1000 trees blooming, Ueno is another popular spot that might be a bit too crowded that you might have to get there early. Around the Shinobazu Pond is recommended the best area to view sakura. Admission is free. (Open 9:00 – 20:00)
Address: 5-20 Uenokoen, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, #110-0007
How to get there: 1 minute walk from Ueno station (JR Yamanote, Joban Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, JR Takasaki Line or JR Tohoku/Utsunomiya Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza or Hibiya Line).
Koishikawa Korakuen (Iidabashi)
Koishikawa Korakuen is one of Tokyo’s most oldest parks. One of the park’s biggest attraction is that it has a few weeping sakura trees that would be a good place to sit under if you get lucky. You have to pay ¥300 for the entrance fee. (Open 9:00 – 17:00)
Address: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, #112-0004
How to get there: 7 minute walk from Iidabashi station (Tokyo Metro Tozai, Yurakucho and Namboku Line or Toei Oedo Line)
Sumida Park (Asakusa)
Sumida Park is another popular destination for hanami particularly for visitors to want to be able to view the Skytree nearby. It is also possible to take a river cruise during this season. Admission is free and the park is open 24 hours.
Address: 1, Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, #131-0033
How to get there: 5 minute walk from Asakusa station (Tokyo Metro Ginza, Toei Asakusa Line or Tobu Skytree Line)
Meguro River (Nakameguro)
While it is not a spot to have hanami, you can take a nice walk and view the sakura along the river. At night, approxiatmely 800 sakura trees are lit up for the sakura festival at night. While walking, there are many food stalls, cafes and restaurants alongside the river in case visitors get hungry.
Address: 1-11-18, Nakameguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, #153-0061
How to get there: 3 minute walk from Nakameguro station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line/ Tokyu Toyoko Line)
Aoyama Cementery (Gaienmae)
A little bit out of the ordinary, Aoyama Cementery is a recommendation because the sakura line a narrow street and it is possible to take some nice pictures. Regardless of being a cementery, people still have hanami alongside the gravestones.
Address: 2−32−2 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, #107-0062
How to get there: 5 minute walk from Nogizaka Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line) or 5 minute walk from Roppongi Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
Rikugien Gardens (Komagome)
Rikugien Gardens is a beautiful botanical garden and an example of an Edo period garden built in the 1700’s. The weeping cherry tree, Shidare-Zakura is one of the gardens most popular sakura trees worth seeing. The garden also lights up until 21:00. Admission is 300 yen. (Open 9:00 – 21:00).
Address: 6-16-3 Hon-komagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, #113-0021
How to get there: 7 minute walk from Komagome Station (Tokyo Metro Namboku Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line)
A place that is highly recommended is Chidorigafuchi. There is not only a park for hanami, there is also a kids playground and a place to rent boats along the Imperial Palace moat. Admission is free. (Open 9:00 – 16:00)
Address: 2 Sanbancho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, #102-0075
How to get there: 9 minute walk from Kudanshita station (Tokyo Metro Tozai, Shinjuku or Hanzomon Line) or 12 minutes walk from Hanzomon station (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line).
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