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Tokyo Cherry Blossoms: The 10 Best Viewing Spots of 2020

Update: The Tokyo government is urging residents and travelers in the city to stay in-doors March 27 and 28th. Check our coronavirus post for more closure updates.

You haven’t truly experienced Tokyo until you’ve had a Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing) picnic under a cherry blossom tree enjoying a can of Chu-Hi. 

Despite Tokyo’s image of a dense urban jungle, the city is peppered with large public parks that host hundreds of cherry blossom trees. Typically from late March till the beginning of April, these trees will bloom picture-perfect pink cherry blossoms.

Soon after blooming, swarms of families, businessmen/women, and tourists will head to popular cherry blossom viewing spots. Who will then place blue tarps beneath the trees, take photos, and booze it up.

Photo Credit: taka

In many ways, the Hanami is the ultimate pre-game to a night out clubbing in Tokyo. Plan a picnic with some cuties or take a romantic stroll through a hanami filled park, then continue the party vibes late into the night at one of Tokyo’s famous nightclubs. 

It is a fun experience, and we have compiled a list of Tokyo’s best Cherry Blossom viewing spots of 2020 and fun hanami themed activities. 

When can you see Cherry Blossoms

For 2020, the Cherry Blossoms are expected to start blooming in Tokyo on March 20th, with the best viewing period beginning from March 22nd – 30th

Cherry Blossom Viewing Tips:

  • Bring a camera, even the most amateur photographer can take dope photos.
  • Are you planning to have a picnic? Arrive early and bring a tarp to sit on! Local Japanese will arrive very early, so anticipate to come in the morning for the best spots.  
  • Stock up on drinks at a conbini, but not near the park as the best drinks may be sold out. 
  • Keep the park clean by sorting your picnic trash at the garbage/recycling spots spread out along the walking paths.
  • Bring a light jacket as the evenings in Tokyo during late March and April can get chilly around 10c – 12c 

The 10 Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots of 2020

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Tokyo Cherry Blossoms Shinjuku Park
Photo Credit: Arnie

Shinjuku Gyoen hosts over one thousand cherry blossom trees, with varieties that bloom early and late. The park’s lawn is spacious with plenty of room for picnics.

Location: The park is a 10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station
Admission: 500 yen, 9:00 to 18:00. Arrive early as the gates close early on some dates.

Yoyogi Park

Tokyo Cherry Blossoms Yoyogi
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Yoyogi Park is large and features over 600 cherry blossom trees with easy access to Harajuku for those who would like to shop as well. 

Location: A five-minute walk from Harajuku Station
Admission: Free

Meguro Cherry Blossom
Photo Credit: tawatchai1990

Meguro River

Eight hundred cherry blossom trees line the Meguro river canal, which makes for a perfect stroll in the afternoon. At night the cherry blossom trees are illuminated, effectively turning this stroll along the river into a cool seasonal date spot. Typically very popular with tourists, we recommended arriving early for a less crowded experience. 

Location: A short walk from Nakameguro Station
Admission: Free

Note: Night Illuminations are canceled for 2020

Asukayama

Asukayama Cherry Blossom
Photo Credit: takeshi morikawa

This classic spot for viewing cherry blossoms is famous for its gorgeous views and night illuminations. 

Location: A short walk from Oji Station
Admission: Free

Imperial Palace Area – Chidorigafuchi

Tokyo Cherry Blossoms Chidorigafuchi
Photo Credit: ordinary042

The Imperial palace’s moat is stunning with hundreds of Cherry blossoms that line its edges. Picnics are not allowed; come here for a fantastic walk through the park. Visit at night for incredible night illuminations.

Note: Night Illuminations are canceled for 2020

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Tokyo Cherry Blossoms Koshikawa
Photo Credit: frenta

Featuring gorgeous weeping cherry trees, and traditional Japanese Landscape gardens. 

Location: A ten-minute walk from Iidabashi, Suidobashi or Korakuen Station
Admission: 300 yen, Open 9:00 to 17:00

Ueno Cherry Blossom Tokyo
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Ueno Park

One of the most popular Hanami viewing locations, Ueno park, is quite crowded. But the atmosphere is lively, and the National Museum is directly next to the park. 

Location: A few steps from Ueno Station
Fee: Admission free

Inokashira Park

Inokashira Cherry Blossom
Photo Credit: dewspliff

Inokashira is a spacious public park with a central pond with boats that are available for rent.

Location: South of Kichijoji Station
Fee: Admission free

Sumida Park

Sumida Cherry Blossom
Photo Credit: Shawn.ccf

This extensive park features lit up cherry blossom trees, a lake with boat rentals, and a killer view of the Tokyo Sky Tree. 

Location: A few steps from Asakusa Station
Admission free


Sakura Viewing Activities and Tours

Several cool tours throughout Tokyo let you experience the hanami season, including boat cruises, night tours, and cherry blossom viewing on Mt Fuji!

We’ve teamed up with VOYAGIN to offer extra discounts when using our special discount code! 

Mt Fuji Cherry Blossom Sightseeing Highlights Tour

Marvel at stunning views of Mt Fuji and cherry blossoms this spring! Join a tour of the quintessential cherry blossoms spots around Mt Fuji, and take a ropeway to breathtaking sights.

From 10,800 JPY

Enter The Following Coupon Code When You Check Out To Get 10% Discount

Tokyo Sakura Cherry Blossom Night Cruise on the Sumida River

This night cherry blossom viewing cruise is the ultimate spring experience in Tokyo with breathtaking views of illuminated riverside cherry blossoms, the city, and Tokyo Skytree.

From 4,100 JPY

Enter The Following Coupon Code When You Check Out To Get 10% Discount

Sakura Cherry Blossoms Cruise on Meguro River, Tokyo

Cruise along the Meguro river, the best spots for cherry blossoms viewing in the Kanto area and be amazed by the beauty of weeping cherry trees when passing through Meguro Gajoen.

From 5,900 JPY

Enter The Following Coupon Code When You Check Out To Get 15% Discount


Are you enjoy the Hanami this season? Where are your favorite spots to view cherry blossoms?

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