Here, We introduce 10 Wonderful places to enjoy Sakura Viewing (“Hanami”) around Tokyo. Let’s travel to feel this Japanese culture and enjoy Hanami with amazing Sakura in this Spring!
WHAT IS HANAMI?
If you visit Japan in spring, you feel so wonderful to see everywhere is pretty in pink. It’s the season of Sakura blooms and has sakura festival for 2-3 weeks -from the end of March to April normally.
Sakura viewing (“Hanami”) is the Japanese culture of enjoying the transient beauty of sakura bloom. Many Japanese likes to do it during daytime or night time. Especially sakura is much beautiful and has mysterious atmosphere with lights in night time, it’s unlike the daytime one and be called Yozakura.
No.10 ROPPONGI HILLS
Do you Know Roppongi area? There has a good restaurant, nice bar, cool shopping store, modern art museum, and also SAKURA! There is a Japanese historic classic garden. It’s a good place for garden walking or taking a rest in this area. Enjoy the view of co-starring Sakura with modern building.
Address: 6-11-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo 106-6108 Hours:7:00am-11:00pm *Sakura lights up from 5:30pm-11:00pm Fees:Free Tel: +81 (0)3-6406-6000 Access: ・Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line : 0 minutes from Roppongi Station ・Toei Oedo Line : 4 minutes from Roppongi Station ・Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line : 8 minutes from Azabu Juban Station ・Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line : 10 minutes from Nogizaka Station
No.9 SUMIDA PARK
Sumida Park is located between Azuma Bridge and Sakura Bridge at Asakusa where hold a pretty big sakura festival around early April every year. About 1000 cherry blossom trees are on both sides of Sumida River, and can take a Japanese houseboat from Ryogoku bridge pier. Azuma bridge is so close from Asakusa Sensoji Temple also, so let’s walk around to feel a Japanese culture!
Address: 1 Mukojima, Sumida, Tokyo 131-0033 Hours:Open 24 hours *Sakura lights up from sunset-9:30pm Fees:Free Tel: +81 (0)3-5608-6951 Access: ・Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line: 5 minutes from Asakusa Station ・Toei Asakusa Line: 7 minutes from Honjo Azumabashi Station ・9 minutes from Asakusa Sensoji Temple
No.8 RIKUGIEN GARDEN
Is this a dream or a reality? You feel like it when be before this big weeping cherry blossom in night. Branches are hanging down like a pale pink waterfall, and so wide like as envelop all of us. Rikugien Garden is a Tokyo metropolitan park, be built in 1702 for culture improvement by a retainer of Tokugawa. There is a classical Japanese beautiful garden.
Address: 6 Honkomagome, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-0021 Hours: 9:00am-9:00pm *Sakura lights up from sunset-9:00pm Fees:300 yen Tel: +81 (0)3-3941-2222 Access: ・JR Yamanote Line / Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line: 7 minutes from Komagome Station ・Toei Mita Line: 10 minutes from Sengoku Station
No.7 AKAGI SAKURA FESTIVAL
Reference：Maebashi City Guide
Akagi Cherry Blossom Festival is one of big Hanami festival around Tokyo. (About 2~3hours from Shinjuku station) There has about 1000 cherry blossom trees along the street for over 2km, include 60 years old Yoshino cherry. Trees are planted on both sides of the road, so you can feel like a dream when walk through a tunnel of cherry blossoms.
Address: 2511-2 Naegashimamachi, Maebashi, Gunma 371-0241 Hours: 8:00am-9:00pm *Sakura lights up from sunset-9:30pm Fees:Free Tel: +81 (0)27-235-2211 Access: ・JR Line Maebashi Station, then take “Hana-meguri Bus”, get down at Akagi Kronenberg
No.6 MEGURO RIVER
Meguro River is about 7.8km length and passes through from Setagaya then Meguro to Shinagawa ward. There has 800 Yoshino cherry blossoms between Ikejiri Ohashi to Meguro station. It can take 70 minutes Hanami cruise ship from Tennozu Yamatsu Pier (5 minutes from Tennozu Isle Station) in daytime, however it’s reservation required.
Address: 1 Chome-9 Ohashi, Meguro, Tokyo 152-0000 Hours:Open 24 hours Fees:Free Tel: +81 (0)42-247-6900 Access: ・JR Yamanote Line: 5 minutes from Meguro Station ・Tokyu Denentoshi Line: 2 minutes from Ikejiri Ohashi Station
No.5 INOKASHIRA PARK
Inokashira Park is just 5 minutes from Kichijoji station by walk. There’s good location and one of famous park in Tokyo. Yoshino cherry, Weeping cherry, double-flowered cherry, all 500 cherry blossom trees are here, it’s amazing view what many sakura petal is falling down to big pond as like a snow. Also there has a rowboat and a swan boat for rent. Let’s take a boat for sakura viewing on the water.
Address: 1-18-31 Gotenyama, Musashino, Tokyo 180−0005 Hours:Open 24 hours. Fees:Free Tel: +81 (0)42-247-6900 Access: ・JR Chuo Line: 5 minutes from Kichijoji Station ・Keio Inokashira Line: 1 minutes from Inokashira Koen Station
No.4 UENO PARK
Ueno Park has about 800 Yoshino cherry blossoms and Oriental cherry blossoms. There are also Tokyo National Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Ueno Zoo, International Library also in this park. Therefore easy to enjoy Hnami and more things with family.
Address: Ueno park, Ikenohata 3-chome, Taito, Tokyo 110-0007 Hours:5:00am-11:00pm *Sakura lights up from 5:30pm-8:00pm Fees:Free Tel: +81 (0)3-3828-5644 Access: ・JR Yamanote Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza/ Hibiya Line: 2 minutes from Ueno Station
No.3 ODAWARA CASTLE PARK
Odawara Castle Park is beside Odawara castle, and listed in the “100 best spots for sakura in Japan” and “100 best historical park” by the government officially. There has 320 Yoshino cherry blossoms, also mystic beautiful view with Japanese paper lanterns in night time. It’s about 1~2hours from Shinjuku Station to Odawara Station by a train.
Address: 6-1, Jonai, Odawara-shi, Kanagawa 250-0014 Hours:Open 24 hours. *Sakura lights up from 6:00pm-9:00pm Fees:Free Tel: +81 (0)465-22-3818 Access: ・JR Line / Odakyu Line: 10 minutes from Odawara Station
No.2 CHIDORIGAFUCHI PARK
Chidorigafuchi Park is northwest side of a moat around Imperial Parace at Chiyoda. There are many people to enjoy Yozakura every year. You can hire a rowboat for 30 minutes / 800 yen also. Especially a boathouse is closed 8pm in a cherry blossom season. (Normally closed 4:30~5:30pm)
Address: 1-1 Kitanomarukoen, Chiyoda, Tokyo 102-0091 Hours:Open 24 hours. *Sakura lights up from sunset-10:00pm Fees:Free Tel: +81 (0)3-3556-0391 Access: ・Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line / Tozai Line: 3 minutes from Kudanshita Station ・Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line: 5 minutes from Hanzomon Station
No.1 YOYOGI PARK
Yoyogi Park is the one of most popular and largest park for sakura viewing in Tokyo. So it is easy to get there from Omotesando and Harajuku. You can take a rest and also be amazed by sakura viewing at same time when you are shopping at Harajuku area. Of course you can walk from Shibuya area to there too. Enjoy this limited Sakura blooming season nearby coolest shopping area!
Address: 2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0052 Hours:Open 24 hours Fees:Free Tel: +81 (0)3-3469-6081 Access: ・JR Line: 3 minutes from Harajuku Station ・Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line: 3 minutes from Yoyogi Koen Station ・Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line / Fukutoshin Line: 3 minutes from Meiji jingo Mae Station ・Odakyu Line: 6 minutes from Yoyogi Yahata Station