The famous cherry blossom season starts in Tokyo at the end of March! If you are in Tokyo during this time, you are lucky! You get the chance to enjoy the pretty pink flowers in all their beauty throughout the city. These are some of the cherry blossom spots that you shouldn’t miss!
Head out early morning to get a good spot!
When the cherry trees bloom in Japan, not only locals but also groups of office workers go outside and gather under the blossoming trees. Many of them take their “hanami”, the so-called “cherry blossom viewing”, very seriously. Early in the morning, many of them head to the parks to reserve the best spots under the trees with plastic sheets. One of the locals’ favorite picnic sites is “Shiba Park” near Tokyo Tower.
If you also want to take a picture of Tokyo Tower with a temple and cherry blossoms – the perfect composition of Japaneseness! – Zojoji Temple which is located next to Shiba Park is the ideal place to do so!
Shiba Park (4-10-17 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Zojoji Temple (4-10-17 Shibakoen Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Atago Shrine located on a small mountain is a very beautiful spot to see sakura (cherry blossoms). Especially the pink petals floating on the pond in the precincts are very cute.
Atago Shrine (1-5-3 Atago, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
If you are hungry, buy a box lunch and eat it inside the old Kyu-Shiba-Rikyu Gardens! Since they have benches under the cherry trees, you don’t need to buy a vinyl sheet or bring a blanket.
Kyu-Shiba-Rikyu Garden (1-4-1 Coast, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Cherry Blossoms at night
What about nighttime? Don’t worry, the Japanese people found a way to enjoy cherry blossoms even at night! The garden area behind Tokyo Midtown is one good example. A light-up of cherry blossoms offers a fantastic atmosphere and is – of course – very romantic, too.
Tokyo Midtown (9-7-1 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Pack your lunch, grab your blanket and camera! Tokyo’s cherry blossoms are waiting for you!