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.


Published by Matthew Baxter

Japan travel writer and onsen addict