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6 Great Cherry Blossom Spots In The Tokyo Metro Area
Written by Ito Kentaro
Here are our top 6 picks for great sakura spots to enjoy in the central Tokyo area. Each is packed with beautiful scenery, and plenty of other amazing sightseeing spots too.
Here it is, the season of the sakura, spring! Have you already made plans about where to view this fleeting blossoms yet? No? Well then, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article we will cover 6 of the most popular cherry blossom sites in the metropolitan Tokyo area.
Photo courtesy of: Yoshinori Ishizawa
Located on the western side of the Imperial Palace, Chidorigafuchi is a sakura spot you just have to see to believe. Here you can not only enjoy the cherry blossoms, but also the gentle greenery and the waters of the moat around you. Not only that, but with its close proximity to the palace, you don’t have to worry about any buildings obstructing your view.
See Experience The Stunning Sakura At Chidorigafuchi, Tokyo for more on this lovely site, and Mirai Shokudō in Jimbōchō - A New Type of Set Meal Restaurant for a great Japanese restaurant in the area.
Address: Chiyoda, Kudanminami 2chome to Sanbancho
Access: 5 minute walk from either Exit 5 of Hanzomon Station or Exit 2 of Kudanshita Station (Tokyo Metro Hanzomon line)
2. Megurogawa River
Photo courtesy of: mari on Flickr
Found just outside Meguro Station, Megurogawa or Meguro river, passes through the Setagaya, Shinagawa and Meguro wards of Tokyo, and explodes with pink blossoms every spring. A perennial favorite, the Megurogawa area sees scores of visitors have mini hanami parties on the benches and open spaces along its length. There are many lovely cafes, shops, and restaurants in the area where you can find great meals and plenty of shopping, and you are a mere 10 minute or less train ride away from both trendy Shibuya and stylish Ebisu as well.
Address: Around Megurogawa
Access: 1 minute walk from Nakameguro Station (Hibiya line)
3. Rikugien Garden
Photo courtesy of: ksnyan_1975 on Flickr
Rikugien Garden is one of the “Two Great Gardens from Edo” in Tokyo, and the main feature of this site in spring are the weeping sakura trees. During the day these trees are a vivid pink, a striking contrast to the subdued shades of the rest of the garden, but the sight of the sakura as they are illuminated at night is an entirely different experience. This garden is not only stunning during cherry blossom season, but a fabulous place to visit all year round. See Top 5 Spots For Japanese Garden-Lovers In Tokyo to learn more about it.
Address: Bunkyo, Hon-Komagome 6-16-3
Access: 7 minute walk from Komagome Station (JR/Namboku lines)
Admission: 300 yen for junior high age and older, 150 yen for over 65s, free for children
4. Kinuta Park
Photo courtesy of:Yukiko Yamamoto on Flickr
Kinuta Park is a popular spot for families to visit on weekends. Known for its massive sakura trees, visitors to this park may be stunned to see just how low to the ground the branches extend. This is an excellent opportunity to view cherry blossoms as they grow on the tree right before your eyes.
If you would like to check out another park in the Setagaya area, please take a look at Setagaya Park, Tokyo - Take A Break And Enjoy Seeing A Steam Engine, or if you’d like to see the area at a glance, check out Free Observatory! Look Over Tokyo From Carrot Tower.
Address: Setagaya, Kinuta Koen, 1-1
Access: 20 minute walk from Yoga Station (Den-en-toshi line)
5. Shinjuku Gyoen Park
Photo courtesy of:Shinichiro saka on Flickr
Shinjuku Gyoen Park is a green oasis amid the concrete jungle and crowds that make up Shinjuku. This park is particularly well-known for two points: its cherry blossoms, and for its prohibition of alcohol. As a dry hanami spot, families with children can safely enjoy themselves, while the sheer size and number of cherry trees makes this an ideal place to spend an afternoon.
There are several routes to take if you would like to visit this park, so please refer to 3 Ways To Get To Shinjuku Gyoen.
Shinjuku Gyoen Park
Address: Shinjuku, Naitomachi 11
Access: 10 minute walk from South Exit of Shinjuku Station
Entrance Fee: Adults (over 15) 200 yen, children (to 15) 50 yen, babies free
6. Ueno Park
Ueno Park is a must for sakura fans. Here you can enjoy the ‘typical’ cherry blossom atmosphere that many Japanese imagine when thinking of the spring, and it is a good place to get a sense of the relationship between the Japanese and sakura as well.
To see another of the popular hanami spots found within Ueno Park, check outThe Amazing Golden Toshogu Shrine, or for more about Ueno Park itself, see Ueno Park Guide: Ueno Zoo, Museums, Temples and Other Highlights!
Address: Taito, Ueno Koen 5-20
Access: 2 minute walk from Ueno Station (JR Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku, Takasaki, Utsunomiya, Ginza, and Hibiya lines)
Bonus Spot: Shibuya’s Hachiko Statue
Although many people pass through this area every day, as they head through the Scramble Crossing and down to shop in Shibuya 109, Tokyu Hands, and other exciting shops, the statue of Hachiko itself sits right by some lovely cherry trees. This bright spot by the station is an excellent place wait and meet up with friends, and to snap some quick photos of the sakura too.
Address: Shibuya, Dogenzaka 2-1
Access: Just outside the Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station