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The Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

The weather is warming up here in Tokyo, and you know what that means: cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms, or sakura as they’re known in the Land of the Rising Sun, mark the end of winter. These pink and white buds cover trees all over the country for a fleeting two to three weeks. During this time, coworkers, classmates, families, and friends gather under the blooms to celebrate hanami, or cherry blossom viewing. This image is known all over the world. So, it comes as no surprise that many people want to visit Tokyo during hanami. But where is the best place to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo? Some people may say Ueno Park or Yoyogi Park. These places are ok, but not worth traveling across oceans to see. If you want memories to last a lifetime and instagram-worthy shots, I’ve got the perfect guide for you. After living in here for nearly five years, here are (in my opinion) the best places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo:

Shinjuku Park

 

fleurdelilah cherry blossoms in tokyo flower palm

Entrance fee: JPY200

Open hours: 9:00-16:30

Access: Walking distance from Shinjuku Station, Shinjukugyoen Mae Station, and Sendagaya Station

Why it stands out: My fiancé and I went here a little over a week ago to see some of the early bloomers. Shinjuku Park, or Shinjuku Gyoen, is one of Tokyo’s largest and most popular parks. The park, which began as a feudal lord’s residence during the Edo Period, is made of three different types of gardens and a greenhouse. During hanami you can see over 12 different varieties of cherry blossom trees, including over 400 somei yoshino trees.

Hamarikyu Gardens

fleurdelilah cherry blossoms in tokyo flowers

Entrance fee: JPY300

Open hours: 9:00-17:00

Access: Walking distance from Shiodome Station, Tsukijishijo Station, and Shimbashi Station

Why it stands out: On the southeast side of the city is the lesser known Hamarikyu Gardens. Originally an Edo Period feudal lord’s residence and hunting grounds (notice a pattern?), historical remnants and reconstructions are still on site for visitors to see. If interested in learning about the history, English audio guides are available for free at the entrance gate. While Hamarikyu is usually recommended for its fall momijigari views, its cherry blossoms are nothing less than breathtaking. A visit here and you’ll likely see couples in yukata under the falling blossoms before making your way to the teahouse on the lake. How’s that for memorable?

Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden

fleurdelilah cherry blossoms in tokyo kyu shiba rikyu

Entrance fee: JPY150

Open hours: 9:00-17:00

Access: Walking distance from Hamamatsucho Station and Takeshiba Station

Why it stands out: A short walk from Shiba Rikyu Gardens is this small treasure. Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden, which served as a residence for feudal lords and government officials during the Edo Period (of course), is the quintessential Japanese garden. With ponds, hills, and beautifully manicured greenery, this garden will give you all the feels you’re expecting on your Japan trip. Take a stroll over the bridges and relax on a bench under the pink branches of a cherry blossom tree. Enjoy hanami.

Visiting Japan? Where are you going to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo?

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<p>Tokyo-based expat and freelance writer, blogger, and artist. Wife to a Parisien. Let’s chat luxury, food, and travel. Can speak 日本語(ish) and français(beginner)</p> <p>Twitter: @fleurdelilah Instagram: @fleurdelilah</p>

  • I’ve never been to Japan, but it’s on my bucket list. The cherry blossoms are beautiful <3

    April 6, 2017
  • I saw in Ueno Park and it was very pretty too! Need to note these other places you recommend, the next time I visit Tokyo. Thank you!

    April 8, 2017
  • This is perfect as I’m leaving for Tokyo on Tuesday! I wonder if they will still be in full bloom then. 🙂

    April 8, 2017
  • Absolutely stunning photos! I am hoping to visit Japan some day soon.

    April 8, 2017
  • sooo pretty! Last time we went to japan, we were a little bit too early and missed the blossoms! they are beautiful and these are great places to check them out!

    April 8, 2017
  • I just came back from Paris and cherry blossoms there, but Japan sakura season is my ultimate bucket list. Every year I look at those ticket prices and think – I should go, I should go! Some day I will, and then I will come back to this guide again 🙂 I also probably would want to visit other places except for Tokyo, so I am sure if you write more guides on other Japanese cities, it will be appreciated by others too 🙂

    April 8, 2017
  • Kyntra Strickland
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    Going to Tokyo is on my list! These cherry blossoms are lovely. Thanks for sharing this information about these hidden gems.

    April 9, 2017
  • I definitely love that you chose a few off beat places to see the cherry blossoms. I hate elbowing through crowds to get a view. When you want to see the cherry blossoms it should be at your own pace and at your leisure. A non touristy place is definitely where I would choose to be.

    April 9, 2017
  • I’ve never been to Japan, but it’s on my bucket list for such a long time ! Gorgeous pictures collection of these beautiful places where you can see the cherry blossoms ! Thanks for sharing.

    April 9, 2017
  • These look so beautiful! I love cherry blossoms and it’s a dream of mine to go there and see them!

    April 11, 2017

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