The best cherry blossom spots in Tokyo

Here are some of the best places for Sakura in Tokyo:

ueno_park_cherry_sakura_sUeno Park

A huge park with seemingly hundreds of cherry blossom trees.  Very, very busy, but great atmosphere.

Ueno travel guide.

shinjuku_cherry_blossomShinjuku Gyoen Garden

A very easy to access park.  Much quieter than the other main parks.

Shinjuku Gyoen Garden travel guide

inokashita_sakuraInokashira Park (Kichijoji)

A wonderfully large park not far from central Tokyo.  Makes for a great day trip.

Kichijoji travel guide

meguro_river_sakuraMeguro River

A long river lined with perfect cherry blossoms, cheap stalls selling food and a great, casual atmosphere.

Access:  From Shibuya station, take the Tokyu Toyoko line (private line) to Nakameguro station. The river is just north of the station.

yoyogi_sakuraYoyogi Park

Doesn’t have the best cherry blossoms trees, but there is plenty of space to sit town and have a picnic/beer.

Yoyogi Park travel guide

oji_parkAsukayama Park

A large, free park with a lively, festival feel during the cherry blossom season.  Free performances of Japanese dance and other arts.

Access: From Ueno station, take the Keihin Tohoku line (JR line) to Oji station.  It’s just south of the station.

sumida_cherry_blossomSumida Park

Near Asakusa, this park has a nice selection of cherry blossoms going along the river.

Asakusa travel guide

british_embassy_sakuraNear the British Embassy

The park along the river surrounding the Imperial Palace is an excellent place for cherry blossom viewing.

Access: From Shibuya station, take the Hanzomon line (Metro line) to Hanzomon station.  Follow signs to the embassy.

Map

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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.