8 of the Most Magical Places To See Cherry Blossoms In Tokyo This Year

People travel from all over the world to see the beautiful cherry blossoms in Tokyo every spring. Depending on where you go, you might be stuck in swamps of crowds, or enjoy a more tranquil experience alongside fewer people.

We are detailing the most iconic places to visit cherry blossoms in Tokyo – including the most crowded and the least crowded spots.

1. Hikarigaoka Park

Peak visiting time: March 31 to April 4

Traffic rating: 2/5 (5 being the most crowded)

Entry fee: Free

Local transportation station: Hikarigaoka

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Situated in the northwestern section of Tokyo, Hikarigaoka Park is home to 1,000 beautiful cherry trees.

This low-key park is in the residential Nerima section. Its distance from the city’s center keeps it less busy than other parks boasting cherry blossoms.

It offers an ideal spot to enjoy a picnic, BBQ, partake in some field sports, or go swimming in the park’s pool.

2. Showa Memorial Park

Peak visiting time: First week of April

Traffic rating: 3/5

Entry fee: ¥450 ($4.06 USD)

Local transportation station: Nishi-Tachikawa, Tachikawa

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Showa Memorial Park is one of the largest parks in the city at 160 hectares, or 1,500,000 square meters. There are 1,500 cherry trees and 30 different varieties to enjoy a picnic beneath.

3. Rikugien Gardens

Peak visiting time: Last week of March

Traffic rating: 3/5

Entry fee: ¥300 ($2.71)

Local transportation station: Komagome, Sengoku

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This beautiful garden maintains a rich history that dates back to the Edo period. The park’s design revolves around 88 scenes from classical Japanese literature.

At the center of the breathtaking park is a massive weeping sakura tree that stretches 15 meters (49 feet) tall and 20 meters (65 feet) wide.

While you’re here, the Tsutsuji no Chaya teahouse is a popular spot to grab traditional tea and sweets.

4. Meguro River

Peak visiting time: Last week of March

Traffic rating: 4/5

Entry fee: Free

Local transportation station: Nakameguro, Meguro

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Tucked alongside the Meguro River is a four-kilometer stretch of 800 stunning cherry trees. This is a great place to come at night too, when the trees are illuminated by pink lanterns.

There is the option for a river cruise, which we highly recommend. During the spring festival, pop-up vendors set up shop along the river so you can eat and drink while taking in the scenes.

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5. Mount Takao

Peak visiting time: Mid-April

Traffic rating: 2/5

Entry fee: Free (if you hike in) – if you take the cable car or chair lift it is ¥480 ($4.33 USD) each way

Local transportation station: Takaosanguchi

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Located approximately one hour from Shinjuku, Mount Takao is a popular hiking spot and around mid-April you can see some beautiful cherry blossoms.

Plus, you’ll see magnificent views of Kanto, as well as Fount Fuji in the distance.

Mount Takao Thousand Cherry Trees is an extra thirty-minute walk from the summit, but it’s worth the cardio.

There are a few different types of sakura that grow here, and they tend to bloom about a week or two later than the rest of Tokyo.

6. Inokashira Park

Peak visiting time: March 30 -April 3

Traffic rating: 3/5

Entry fee: Free (you can rent a boat starting at just ¥600 [$5.42 USD] for thirty minutes)

Local transportation station: Kichijoji, Inokashira-koen

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This awesome park is home to 500 cherry trees, many of which sit alongside the picturesque shores of the park’s large pond. It is situated in the trendy Kichijoji neighborhood.

You can rent a paddleboat, swan boat or rowboat to elevate your experience. There’s even an on-site zoo! In general, crowds aren’t too heavy but there are long lines for the boat rentals.

7. Chidorigafuchi

Peak visiting time: March 29 to April 2  

Traffic rating: 4/5

Entry fee: Free (Boat rentals start at ¥800 [$7.22] for 30 minutes during sakura season)

Local transportation station: Kudanshita

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Every spring, the Chiyoda Sakura Festival brings a delightfully good time to the former Edo castle with the Chidorigafuchi Moat that encircles Kitanomaru Park.

Situated in central Tokyo, there’s an illuminated sakura tunnel made of 200 cherry trees.

Renting a boat offers one of the best ways to take in all the sights while paddling around the moat. Boat rentals are available during the day and at night.

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8. Ueno Park

Peak visiting time: March 29 to April 1  

Traffic rating: 5/5

Entry fee: Free

Local transportation station: Ueno

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Ueno Park is one of the most popular spots in all of Japan, so expect it to be busy. An estimated 2 million people flock here each year in the spring to see the cherry blossoms in bloom.

The park’s main pathway plays host to over 1,200 cherry trees. At night, the trees are all lit up for an equally lovely experience.

There is a lake at the park where you can rent a row boat. Plus, a number of food and beverage vendors set up shop each day.

 

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