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Five Sakura Viewing Spots In The Tokyo Area

Five Sakura Viewing Spots In The Tokyo Area

Translated by Shinji Takaramura

Written by MATCHA

2016.04.09 Bookmark

This article features five sakura viewing spots in the Tokyo area, which are popular both with the locals and with travelers. All of them are located near train stations, and the access is very convenient.

The Japanese adore sakura (cherry blossoms), which bloom all around Japan in the spring. To enjoy the sakura blossoms, look for a spot with a good view, where you can relax. In this article, we will introduce five sakura viewing spots in the Tokyo metropolitan area with that kind of atmosphere. They're all near train stations, so you can visit these spots while sightseeing or shopping.

1. Megurogawa River, Nakameguro

Photograph Courtesy of Meguro Tourism Association

Megurogawa River is a very famous ohanami ("cherry blossom viewing") spot. It is a river that runs about eight kilometers through the Setagaya, Meguro and the Shinagawa wards. When the season arrives, 800 sakura trees bloom along the river. They decorate the riverside from Ikejiri-ōhashi Bridge to the Shinagawa Ward. This area is about four kilometers long, and will be filled with tourists during the season when the sakura trees are in bloom.

Megurogawa is near the Nakameguro Station, and there are many stylish cafes, restaurants and shops in the surrounding area, making it a very popular place among the Japanese. People who drop by can enjoy not only the sakura, but also dining and shopping, or a coffee break, as well. The sakura will be illuminated in the evening, so after enjoying them during the daytime, you can admire the yozakura ("night view of the sakura") on your way home.

At this time of the year, the sakura entertain the visitors heading to their favorite shop.

2. Ueno Park, Ueno

Photograph Courtesy of JAPAN PHOTO LIBRARY ©Yasufumi Nishi/ ©JNTO

The Ueno Imperial Park, located at a three minute walking distance from the Ueno Station, is widely known simply as the Ueno Park. You can find a zoo, various museums and cafes inside its grounds. The park is filled with visitors on holidays.

Sakura trees were transplanted to this site about 400 years ago. Ueno Park has been a popular place to view the sakura since the Edo Period. The park has become a famous ohanami spot, as seen in the photograph, with the visitors sitting on blue sheets and enjoying the scenery.

In the evening, the bonbori (lanterns with shades of cloth or paper) are lit up, so visitors can also enjoy the sakura by night. The tree-lined park is spacious, and it feels good just being there. It's worth the time to make a visit.

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3. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Shinjuku

Photograph Courtesy of Shinjuku Gyoen Management Office, Ministry of the Environment

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden was built as a garden for the Imperial family, and was opened to the public in 1949. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of gardens inside, such as the French Formal Garden, with its beautiful tree-lined avenues, and the English Landscape Garden, which has a spacious lawn, as well as the Japanese Traditional Garden.

In springtime, about 1,100 sakura trees bloom. There are some 65 types of sakura, so it might be fun to try and find out the difference between them. Special sweets, such as the sakura manjū (bun with sweet filling), sakura konpeitō (pointed sugar candy ball) and sakura dorayaki (pancake with filling) are sold at the stands in the garden at this time of the year.

Bringing alcoholic beverages into the garden is prohibited, so if you want to enjoy a quiet atmosphere, or have fun with your family, this is the best spot.

4. Sumidagawa River and Sumida Park, Asakusa

Photograph Courtesy of JAPAN PHOTO LIBRARY ©Yasufumi Nishi/ ©JNTO

Asakusa is very popular among tourists from abroad.

At Sensoji Temple and various other spots in Asakusa, visitors can enjoy a traditional Japanese atmosphere, although they are in the heart of the Tokyo metropolis. The best place to do ohanami here is the Sumidagawa River. The sakura trees by the Sumidagawa riverside are worth a view, and you can also enjoy looking at the Tokyo Skytree, which has become a symbol of the Taitō ward. If you have the chance, try the riding a yakatabune (roofed boat with tatami floors), so that you can enjoy the sakura from both riversides.

5. Mōri Park, Roppongi

Photograph Courtesy of JAPAN PHOTO LIBRARY ©Yasufumi Nishi/ ©JNTO

Mōri Park, 4,300 square meters in size, is located among the commercial facilities of Roppongi Hills. It is a Japanese garden with a waterfall and a small river, and its sound has a soothing effect on the visitors.

The scenery changes every season, and visitors can also enjoy the autumnal foliage. This garden turns into a ohanami spot in spring. The visitors can go shopping or dining at Roppongi Hills at the same time. Although it is located in the middle of an urban area, it is a place of recreation where the visitors can just relax.

There are many ways to casually enjoy the sakura in the metropolitan area. You can view the sakura while shopping or sightseeing, having a drink with your friends, taking a walk, or just admiring the sakura when you feel like it. The time to enjoy ohanami is limited, so don't miss it.


Megurogawa River
Address: Megurogawa runs through the Meguro, Setagaya and the Shinagawa wards.
Nearest Stations: Ikejiri-ōhashi Station (Tōkyu Den-en-toshi Line), Nakameguro Station (Tōkyu Tōyoko and Tokyo Metro lines), Meguro Station and Fudōmae Station (Tōkyu Meguro Line)
To the upper river area - 3 minute walk from Ikejiri-ōhashi Station
To the midstream area - 1 minute walk from Nakameguro Station
To the downstream area - 6 minute walk from Meguro Station
Telephone: +81-3-5722-6850 (Meguro Tourism Association)
Website: Meguro Tourism Association (Japanese)

Ueno Park
Hours: 5:00 - 23:00
Nearest Station: Ueno Station (JR, Tokyo Metro Ginza, and the Tokyo Metro Hibiya lines)
Access: 2 minute walk from Ueno Station; 5 minute walk from Ueno-Okachimachi Station (Toei Subway Ōedo Line); 1 minute walk from Keisei Ueno Station (Keisei Line)
Telephone: +81-3-3828-5644
Website: Ueno Park

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Address: Tokyo, Shinjuku, Naitō-machi 11
Hours: 9:00 - 16:00(The gates close at 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (If a national holiday, closes the next weekday), New Years holidays
Language: There are English menus available at the Restaurant Yurinoki and the Cafe Hananoki in the information center
Nearest Stations:Shinjuku-gyoemmae Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line), Shinjuku-sanchōme Station (Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin,Toei Subway Shinjuku lines)
Access: 5 minute walk from either Shinjuku-gyoemmae Station or Shinjuku-sanchōme Station; 10 minute walk from Shinjuku Station South Exit; 15 minute walk from Seibu Shinjuku Station
Five minute walk from the Shinjuku-gyoemmae Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line).
Five minute walk from the Shinjuku-sanchōme Station (Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line and Toei Subway Shinjuku Line).
Ten minute walk from the Shinjuku Station South Exit 新宿駅南口 (JR Line, Keio Line 京王線 and Odakyu Line 小田急線).
Fifteen-minute walk from the Seibu Shinjuku Station 西武新宿駅 (Seibu-shinjuku Line 西武新宿線).
Admission Fee: Adults 200 yen, Elementary and Junior High School Student 50 yen, infants free
Telephone: +81-3-3350-0151
Website: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Sumidagawa River
Address: The Sumidagawa runs through both Sumida and Taitō wards
Nearest Station: Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza, Tōbu Skytree, Toei Subway Asakusa lines)
Access: 5 minute walk from Asakusa Station
Telephone: +81-3-5608-6951 (VISIT SUMIDA Tourism Office)
Website: VISIT SUMIDA Tourism Office

Mōri Park
Address: Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi-rokuchōme
Hours: 7:00 - 23:00
Nearest Station: Roppongi Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya and Toei Subway Ōedo lines)
Access: directly connected to the Hibiya Line Roppongi Station; 4 minute walk from Exit 3 of Roppongi Station (Toei Subway Ōedo Line); 5 minute walk from Exit 7 of Azabu-jūban Station (Toei Subway Ōedo Line); 8 minute walk from Exit 4 of the Azabu-jūban Station (Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line); 10 minute walk from Exit 5 of the Nogizaka Station 乃木坂駅 (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)
Telephone: +81-3-6406-6000 (Roppongi Hills Information Center)
Website: Roppongi Hills (Japanese)

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