Outdoor Activities japan tokyo sakura where to go in tokyo in spring what to do in tokyo spring how to enjoy sakura season in tokyo Japan > Tokyo (prefecture) > Tokyo

Top 8 Sakura Avenues In Tokyo You Cannot Miss!

Top 8 Sakura Avenues In Tokyo You Cannot Miss!
Keita
Keita
Published

The Sakura (Cherry Blossom) flower is definitely one of the most iconic symbols of spring in Japan. These flowers will bloom all over the country across the months of March to April, and you will be able to enjoy them in various places. When is the best time to watch Sakura in Tokyo? You will find the best time for Spring 2017 at the end of this article. If you want to experience the best Sakura flower-watching experience in Tokyo, these are 8 places you should check out!

Night time Sakura watching at Sumida Park

Sumida Park is one of the famous Hanami spots in Tokyo and a Sakura festival will be held during the spring season. The Sakura flowers there are beautiful in the day, but even more glorious during the light ups at night. Almost 10000 Sakura flowers line the river bank in Sumida Park, creating an amazing reflection along the Sumida River. Not only will the Sakura trees be lit up, but so will the urban landscape around it such as the Azuma Bridge, allowing visitors to enjoy both the flowers and cityscape of Tokyo.

Sumida Park 隅田公園

Address: 1-1, Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Access: 1-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Asakusa station

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Tokyo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Tokyo

Walk through the Sakura tunnel at Ueno Park

Source: Tabiness

Ueno Park is also another famous Sakura spot that is well loved by tourists and locals alike. Over 50 species of Sakura trees line the paths in Ueno Park, and when they are in full bloom, their huge canopies create a marvellous “Sakura tunnel” in the park. In 2016, the National Museum of Western Art, located within Ueno Park, was designated as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site and it is definitely worth a visit too after a great day of Sakura watching.

Ueno Park 上野恩寵公園

Address: 5-20, Uenokoen, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 6-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ueno station

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Tokyo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Tokyo

The calm night Sakura of Chidori-ga-fuchi

Yasukuni Shrine is one of the famous places in Tokyo for Sakura watching too. Located in the shrine is the Sakura tree that represents Tokyo – Sakura bloom in Tokyo will only be officially announced when this tree bears its flowers!

Amongst the hot spots in the shrine is Chidori-ga-fuchi, where there are about 260 Sakura trees of different species. At night, these trees will be lit up. The withered flowers floating on the pond below the trees also add to the picture, creating a calm and almost dreamy atmosphere.

Chidori-ga-fuchi 皇居・千鳥ヶ淵

Address: Inside Yasukuni Shrine, Kudan minami, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

Access: 10-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hanzomon station

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Tokyo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Tokyo

Enjoy the cityscape together with Sakura

Mouri Garden is located between two major buildings in Tokyo - Roppongi Hills and the office building of TV Asahi Corporation. Located in Roppongi Hills are various attractions like restaurants, museums and cinemas. Despite being located in such an urban environment, Mouri Garden is a quiet park where Sakura watching can be enjoyed. The Sakura trees will also be lit up at night, allowing one to enjoy the great illumination of Sakura flowers and the cityscape.

Mouri Garden 毛利庭園

Address: 6-10-1, Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo

Access: 6-minute walk from Tokyo metro Roppongi station

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Tokyo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Tokyo

Enjoy a stroll down the Sakura-zaka Slope

Sakura-zaka (literally, Sakura Slope) is a 200-metre long slope located in Denenchofu in Ota ward, Tokyo. 33 Sakura trees are planted along the slope, thus giving it its name. One of the most iconic locations along the slope is Sakura-bashi (literally, Sakura Bridge) located around the middle part of the slope, where one can enjoy the serene view of the whole slope. Popular amongst families and couples, Sakura-zaka slope is one of the places to visit if you prefer a quiet and relaxing Sakura watching session.

Sakura-zaka Slope 桜坂

Address: 19, Denenchofu honcho, Ota Ward, Tokyo

Access: 6-minute walk from Tokyu Tamagwa line Numabe station

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Tokyo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Tokyo

Learn the history of Japanese Sakura at Komagome

There are today over 600 species of Sakura in the world. One of the most famous ones found in Japan is Somei-yoshino, a species that was born in Komagome, Tokyo. Like many other Sakura species, Somei-yoshino was created through the cross breeding of different species.

Located in Komagome are historical places such as the Somei-yoshino Sakura Memorial Park where the Somei-yoshino trees and its “parents” can be compared. Other well-known locations include the Bodaiji Shrine, which is lined with many Somei-yoshino Sakura flowers.

Saifuku ji 西福寺

Address: 6-11-4, Komagome, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

Access: 7-minute from JR Komagome station

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Tokyo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Tokyo

The amazing Shidare-Zakura of Rikugi-en

Every year, there will be a forecast on when the Sakura flowers will be in full bloom – their most beautiful stage. This year, 2017, it is expected that the Sakura will start flowering in Tokyo around 25 March and will be in full bloom at 3 April. Make sure you plan your days accordingly to have the best Hanami experience ever!

Shidare-Zakura is a species of Sakura tree most known for its unique shape where the branches and flowers look like they are “hanging” from the tree. When entering Rikugi-en from the main gate, you will be welcomed by a huge Shidare-Zakura tree which is 13 metres tall, 17 metres wide. This tree is known to be about 60 years old. Marvellous Shidare-Zakura trees like this are located around the Rikugi-en compound. Illuminations are also carried out at night, allowing visitors to enjoy not only the beautiful Sakura flowers but also the gorgeous Japanese-style garden.

Rikugi-en

Address: 6 -16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo

Access: 8-minute walk from JR Komagome station

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Tokyo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Tokyo

Admire Sakura flowers together with Tokyo Tower

Source: Tabiness

Tokyo Tower is undeniably one of the icons of Japan, and is a place you definitely have to visit when visiting Tokyo. Zojoji Shrine is a shrine located near the tower, with a history of over 600 years. With around 400 Sakura trees in the shrine compound, it is also one of the famous places around for Sakura watching. When visiting Zojoji, you get to appreciate the history and culture of Japan and also take this fantastic brag-worthy photo of beautiful Sakura flowers and Tokyo Tower in the same frame!

Zojoji 増上寺

Address: 4-7-35, Shibakoen, Minato Ward, Tokyo

Access: 6-minute walk from Tokyo metro Mita line Shibakoen station

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Tokyo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Tokyo

When is the best time for Hanami?

According to the latest forecast from Japan weather report, the best Hanami time in Tokyo is the 1st weekend of April, which is on 1st and 2nd April, although it is forecasted to blossom from March 24th. Day time around this season is usually quite comfortable but the temperature drops sharply at night. Do keep yourself warm if you plan to do Hanami-watching at night!

Still Need Travel Insurance?

You can buy and claim online, even after you've left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

*5% off when you book with our promo code: TRIP101

*For our Canadian and US travellers, unfortunately due to financial services laws, we cannot provide a discount. This promotional code cannot be used with any other discount offer, including World Nomads Members’ discount for travel insurance policy holders.

Hi there, thanks for stopping by to read my articles. I travel to various regions in Japan and constantly find myself discovering something new. Hope my work will help in your planning and enjoy...Read more

Top 3 activities to book in Tokyo

Have a question? Ask fellow travellers and travel experts here.
 Want to contribute as a Local Expert?
Explore Tokyo
Good things are meant to be shared!