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Below is a list of some of Tokyo's most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing (hanami), including the typical timing for best viewing in the average year and japan-guide.com ratings. See also our nationwide list of famous cherry blossom spots.

What to do if you missed the cherry blossoms in Tokyo

Central Tokyo

Shinjuku Gyoen•••

Early April
10 minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Admission: 500 yen, Open 9:00 to 18:00 (until 16:30 before March 15)
Advance reservations are required to enter the park until April 25!
Shinjuku Gyoen features more than one thousand cherry trees of over a dozen varieties, including numerous early and late blooming trees. There are spacious lawn areas, and the atmosphere is calm and peaceful. Thanks to the early and late blooming trees, Shinjuku Gyoen is a good hanami destination for those who miss the main season by a week or two. Alcoholic drinks are prohibited.

Ueno Park••

Early April
A few steps from Ueno Station, admission free
One of Japan's most crowded, lively and popular spots for cherry blossom parties, Ueno Park features more than 1000 trees along the street leading towards the National Museum and around Shinobazu Pond. Ueno Park's blossoms typically open a couple of days ahead of the blossoms in many other spots in the city.

Chidorigafuchi••

Early April
Kudanshita Station, admission free
The 2021 illuminations were cancelled
Hundreds of cherry trees decorate the moats of former Edo Castle around Kitanomaru Park, creating one of Tokyo's most outstanding cherry blossom sights. Boats are available for rent, but picnics are not allowed. Trees are lit up in the evenings. Many food stands can be found at nearby Yasukuni Shrine, where another thousand cherry trees are planted.

Sumida Park

Early April
A few steps from Asakusa Station, admission free
The 2021 illuminations were cancelled
The park stretches for a few hundred meters along both sides of Sumida River with views of the Tokyo Sky Tree. Some food stands are available. Trees are lit up in the evenings. Cherry blossom viewing can also be enjoyed from boats that cruise the river.

Yoyogi Park

Early April
Five minute walk from Harajuku Station, admission free
Over 600 cherry trees are planted around the spacious Yoyogi Park, offering pleasant picnic opportunities. A few food stands are available.

Asukayama Park

Early April
Short walk from Oji Station, admission free
The 2021 illuminations were cancelled
This hilltop public park above JR Oji Station is one of Tokyo's oldest, famous hanami spots. Today there are several hundred cherry trees and picnic spots under the trees and light up in the evenings.

Meguro River

Early April
Nakameguro Station, admission free
The 2021 illuminations were cancelled
About 800 cherry trees line Meguro River for several hundred meters and create an amazing sight. However, as a concrete canal, Meguro River does not offer a very natural surrounding for blossom viewers. During the Nakameguro Sakura Festival, the trees are lit up in the evenings.

Inokashira Park

Early April
South of Kichijoji Station, admission free
There are a few hundreds of trees in this spacious, public city park in Kichijoji, a 15 minute train ride west of central Tokyo. The park features a central pond, and boats can be rented to view the blossoms from the water.

Koishikawa Korakuen

Early April
Closed due to the coronavirus
A few dozen cherry trees, including a beautiful, prominently located weeping cherry tree stand around Koishikawa Korakuen, one of Tokyo's most attractive traditional Japanese landscape gardens. Note that the weeping cherry tree typically reaches full bloom a few days before the other trees.

Aoyama Cemetery

Early April
Five minute walk from Nogizaka Station, admission free
The straight road, which leads through the cemetery, is lined and covered by hundreds of cherry trees. However, as a graveyard, Aoyama Cemetery does not provide the ideal surrounding for hanami parties.

Outside Central Tokyo

Showa Memorial Park

Early to mid April
Closed due to the coronavirus
Located in the western suburbs of Tokyo, Showa Memorial Park (Showa Kinen Koen) is one of Tokyo's largest public parks. The different areas of the park are spread out across the expansive grounds and are connected by paved trails which are fun to explore by rental bicycle. Showa Memorial Park has about 1500 cherry trees, which usually bloom a few days later than those around central Tokyo.

Koganei Park

Early to mid April
Five minute bus ride or 20-30 minute walk from Musashi-Koganei Stations, admission free
Koganei Park is a large public park in the western suburbs of Tokyo. More than a thousand cherry trees are planted around the grounds, most of which are found in the Cherry Garden (Sakura no En) and in front of the interesting Edo-Tokyo Open Air Museum, which is also part of the park. The cherry trees around Koganei Park typically bloom a few days later than those around central Tokyo.

Mount Takao

Mid to late April
Admission free
Mount Takao is a popular hiking destination in the mountains west of central Tokyo. There are a few scattered cherry trees along the main trail and around the summit, but the best spot for cherry blossoms is located an additional 30 minute hike beyond the summit around the Itchodaira area. Also known as the Takaosan Senbonzakura ("Mount Takao Thousand Cherry Trees"), the area offers several varieties of cherry trees which typically bloom a couple of weeks later than the ones in central Tokyo.

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