Top 10 Hanami Spots in Tokyo: Best Places To See Cherry Blossoms
For those of you who have planned hanami or cherry blossoms viewing as one of the highlights of your trip to Japan, we have made a top-10 list, limiting the area to Tokyo. Enjoy the best hanami in Japan!
*Areas that have been introduced in past articles have been omitted.
10. Koganei Park
This is the largest scale public park in Tokyo. It is a historically famous hanami spot. There is an annual cherry blossom festival held here too.
9. Yoyogi Park
Great for accessibility (Harajuku station, Meijijingumae station), but the trade off is that it gets quite crowded.
8. Showa Memorial Park
A national park representing Japan; the space is huge – equivalent to about 40 Tokyo Domes and there are many other plants and flowers abloom in addition to cherry blossoms.
7. Onda River
Low-key spot; It is unique because you can see the view from the bridge, but even from further above, over the bridge as well.
6. Inokashira Park
Looking up at the cherry blossoms from a boat gliding on water makes for a great atmosphere. It is a nice spot to go for a date as well. This place also gets super crowded.
5. Shinjuku Gyoen
A paradise of cherry blossoms amidst the city of Shinjuku; the view of cherry blossoms with the skyscrapers is scene that’s particular to such a metropolis.
The number of cherry trees is relatively small but you see beautiful nighttime blossoms. There are of course people that come just for hanami, but even guys getting off work can’t help but stop by and gaze at the blossoms.
3. Sumida Park
This is a row of cherry trees that is said to have started from tree that the 8th Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu planted. The cherry blossoms with the Tokyo SkyTree in the background have become a view sought by tourists.
2. Rikugien Garden
The weeping cherry blossoms of the Rikugien are something that you should see at least once. You want to catch a glimpse of the trees that are specially lit up for a limited time.
1. Meguro River
There you have it, the Top 10 cherry blossoms of Tokyo. Were you able to get a feel of each location’s characteristics?
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