List of all must-visit hanami spots in Tokyo！
The cherry trees in Tokyo are expected to be in full bloom on April 3rd of 2018. The 1 to 2 weeks since then will see the most exquisite beauty of cherry blossoms. The must-visit hamami (“cherry blossom viewing”) spots in Tokyo are listed here for your reference. We wish you a pleasant hanami tour ♡
★Must-visit hanami spots in Tokyo as recommended by the editors ★
The following is a list of must-visit hanami spots in Tokyo:
- Chidorigafuchi, a can’t-miss hanami spot in Tokyo
- Meguro River, a cherry blossom tunnel on a river
- Sumida Park & Tokyo Sky Tree, recommended locations near Asakusa for photographing cherry blossoms
- Roppong: Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, Mohri Garden & Tokyo Midtown
- Yaesu Sakura-dori, a dreamlike cherry blossom tunnel to Nihonbashi
- Ueno Imperial Gift Park, home to Tokyo’s iconic cherry blossom festival
- Rikugien Garden, gorgeous and lofty weeping cherry blossoms
- Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, a beautiful retreat within Tokyo for appreciating cherry blossoms
- Koishikawa Koishikawa Botanical Gardens & Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
- Ikegami Honmon-ji, a poetic view of a five-storied pagoda surrounded by cherry blossoms
- Musashiseki, charming scenery of the Seibu Shinjuku Line under or beside cherry trees in full bloom
Chidorigafuchi, a Can’t-miss Hanami Spot in Tokyo
If you are a first-time visitor to Tokyo for hanami, Chidorigafuch, the most popular hanami spot in Tokyo with the most inviting beauty of cherry blossoms, is strongly recommended to you. On Chidorigafuchi Walkway, a 700m-long pedestrian path running along the moat of the Imperial Palace, cherry blossoms stretch out, creating a magnificent sight during the day or in the night.
Here is an article detailing Chidorigafuchi, a hanami spot.
Meguro River, a Cherry Blossom Tunnel on a River
The Meguro River is always high on the list of the best hanami spots in Japan. When the cherry trees are in full bloom, the Meguro River is covered with a vault of cherry blossoms. What breathtaking scenery!
There are neither parks nor other spots nearby, so you can enjoy a peaceful and leisurely stroll along the banks. You may also admire romantic cherry blossoms at night.
Here is an article detailing the Meguro River, a hanami spot.
Sumida Park & Tokyo Sky Tree, Recommended Locations Near Asakusa for Photographing Cherry Blossoms
The Sumida River is not the sole scenic spot near Asakusa Station in Tokyo, there are also such ideal locations as the forest of cherry trees lining the River, and Tokyo Sky Tree, a new landmark of Tokyo. A simple cherry blossom map at the end of this article may be helpful to you. Do not forget to take wonderful cherry blossom photos.
Here is an article detailing Tokyo Sky Tree & Sumida Park, a hanami spot.
Roppong: Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, Mohri Garden & Tokyo Midtown
Besides famed Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, Roppong in Tokyo also boasts Mohri Garden adjacent to Roppongi Hills Mori Tower and the Headquarters of TV Asahi, as well as amazing scenery of cherry blossoms; while Tokyo Midtown and its adjoining Hinokicho Park are both famous hanami spots, and the cherry blossoms beautifully lit there after dusk are well-known in particular. It’s a shame that a tourist coming to Tokyo for hanami does not visit Roppong!
Here is an article detailing Roppong, a favorite hanami spot.
Yaesu Sakura-dori, a Dreamlike Cherry Blossom Tunnel to Nihonbashi
Yaesu Sakura-dori (“Yaese Cherry Blossom Street”) beside Tokyo Station has a reputation as “a dreamlike cherry blossom tunnel to Nihonbashi” during the flowering season of cherry trees. Yaesu Sakura-dori is just a short walk from Tokyo Station or Nihonbashi Station, so Yaesu Sakura-dori is recommended to the tourists planning to saunter nearby. Cherry blossoms in a park are charming, while the cherry blossoms surrounded by high-rises within a metropolis are more impressive or singular.
Ueno Imperial Gift Park, Home to Tokyo’s Iconic Cherry Blossom Festival
With around 1200 cherry trees, Ueno Imperial Gift Park will be flooded with visitors every spring when the cherry tress just start to bloom; visitors lay out mats under the trees, eats picnics, drink sake and admire cherry blossoms. The 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival will be held between March 18th and April 9th. Snack stands are available during the festival.
Here is an article detailing Ueno Imperial Gift Park, a hanami spot.
Rikugien Garden, Gorgeous and Lofty Weeping Cherry Blossoms
Rikugien Garden is a daimyo garden constructed between 1695 and 1702 by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, a vassal to Tokugawa Tsunayoshi (the fifth shogun). With Shidarezakura (weeping cherry) No. 1 representing gorgeousness and Shidarezakura No. 2 representing loftiness, this Garden is a must-visit destination for viewing Tokyo cherry blossoms.
Here is an article detailing Rikugien Garden, a hanami spot.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, a Beautiful Retreat within Tokyo for Appreciating Cherry Blossoms
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, an eminent attraction in Tokyo, is a short walk from Shinjuku-gyoemmae Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line. Once being an imperial garden, the large Garden boasts a great wide variety of flowers and other plants, and features different nice scenery each season. When cherry trees are blooming, it is a pleasant experience of appreciating the beauty of cherry blossoms on a vast lawn and under the trees.
Here is an article detailing Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, a hanami spot.
Koishikawa: Koishikawa Botanical Gardens & Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
Similar to the aforesaid Roppong, Koishikawa, located within Bunkyo, Tokyo, has also two must-visit hanami spots: Koishikawa Botanical Gardens boasting red Western buildings, Japanese-style gardens and cherry blossoms), and Koishikawa Korakuen Garden boasting highly locally characteristic Japanese-style gardens.
Here is an article detailing Koishikawa, a hanami spot.
Ikegami Honmon-ji, a Poetic View of a Five-storied Pagoda Embraced by Cherry Blossoms
Within the vast grounds of Ikegami Honmon-ji stand many huge buildings embraced by beautiful cherry blossoms. The five-storied pagoda sets off the beauty of cherry blossoms, which is most attractive. One can’t help regretting not to visit here earlier.
Here is an article detailing Ikegami Honmon-ji, a hanami spot.
Musashiseki, Charming Scenery of the Seibu Shinjuku Line under or beside Cherry Trees in Full Bloom
Between Musashi-Seki Station (a roughly 20-minute ride by a “Local” service or “Semi Express” service from Takadanobaba Station) and Higashi-Fushimi Station, there is an attraction: a walkway lined with flowering cherry trees along the railroad. The Seibu Line under or beside the cherry blossoms look charming. Even if you are not a railroad fan, you can get fun from hanami!