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7 Best Hidden Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo 2022 & Avoid the crowd

7 Best Hidden Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo 2022 & Avoid the crowd

If you want to relax and enjoy the cherry blossoms in Tokyo, check out these 7 best hidden cherry blossom spots in Tokyo! The sights in Tokyo are always crowded, but there are many hidden spots that are less crowded. Here are 7 recommended cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo.


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1. Shioiri Park 汐入公園

7 Best Hidden Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo 2022 & Avoid the crowd Shioiri Park
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The first little-known cherry blossom viewing spot is Metropolitan Oiri Park along the Sumida River. Since it is located in a residential area, and a little far from the city, this little-known spot is visited by locals and has few people. The rows of cherry blossom trees planted on both sides are like a tunnel of cherry blossoms! It is a recommended cherry blossom viewing spot for a leisurely stroll.

There are different equipment and facilities in the park, like baby beds and baby chairs. The park is large and if you are interested, you can easily bring a picnic mat, food and drinks and enjoy a relaxing time here.

One of the attractions of “Shioiri Park” is that you can see the cherry blossoms and Tokyo Sky Tree together! It is a hot spot to be able to shoot photos of cherry blossoms against the backdrop of Tokyo Sky Tree.

In addition, different varieties of cherry blossoms, such as Somei Yoshino, Kawazu cherry blossoms, and Daikan cherry blossoms can be seen at “Shioiri Park”.

2. Yomiuriland よみうりランド

7 Best Hidden Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo 2022 & Avoid the crowd Yomiuri Land
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The second little-known cherry blossom viewing spot is the amusement park Yomiuriland in Inagi City, Tokyo.

Yomiuriland is known for popular summer pools and winter illuminations. However, in spring, it is a little-known cherry blossom viewing spot. Around 1,000 cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

The most recommended cherry blossom viewing spot in Yomiuriland is the gondola “Sky Shuttle” from Keio Yomiuri Land Station. You can overlook the cherry blossoms in the park from the sky. The inside of the gondola is warm, so it is perfect for cherry blossom viewing at night and cherry blossom viewing during chilly seasons.

There is also a cherry tree lane that spans around 180m. While you are there, you can also enjoy roller coasters, great photos, and springtime snacks.

3. Sotobori Park 外濠公園

7 Best Hidden Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo 2022 & Avoid the crowd Sotobori Park
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The third little-known cherry blossom viewing spot is Sotobori Park. As the name suggests, it is located along the Sotobori of the Imperial Palace. For about 2 kilometres, you can enjoy around 240 Yoshino cherry trees and wild cherry trees.

The main park is on the promenade, so it’s perfect for strolling along with the cherry blossom trees. At the beginning of the fall, cherry blossom petals float in the outer moat, and you can enjoy a different atmosphere from the time when it was in full bloom.

At Sotobori Park, it is possible to lay a sheet on the green space under the cherry blossom trees. It is a nice point to enjoy the cherry blossoms up close. Due to the limited green space, try to come early and save your spot. Plus, this park is hidden from most outside places. Business activities and noise are prohibited, so you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing in a calm atmosphere.

4. University of Tokyo Komaba Campus 東京大学駒場キャンパス

7 Best Hidden Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo 2022 & Avoid the crowd University of Tokyo Komaba Campus

The fourth little-known cherry blossom viewing spot is “The University of Tokyo Komaba Campus”. There are popular cherry blossom viewing spots such as Yoyogi Park and Meguro River nearby and away from these places, you can come to this campus to enjoy cherry blossom viewing quietly.

At the Komaba Campus, you can visit cherry blossoms everywhere on campus, especially between the playground and the rugby field. It is recommended to go during the peak of spring because the cherry blossoms are in full bloom like a tunnel. Take your time and go around the campus and find your favourite cherry blossom viewing spot.

Plus, if you want to visit more of the University of Tokyo Campuses, make sure to check out the Hongo campus. It is full of cultural and historic sights as well as great shopping and food spots. It is pretty far from the Komaba Campus, but you could always check it out if you have some free time, and enjoy all the cherry blossoms along the way.

5. Shinjuku Gyoen 新宿御苑

7 Best Hidden Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo 2022 & Avoid the crowd Shinjuku Gyoen

The fifth little-known cherry blossom viewing spot is Shinjuku Gyoen. Although the park itself is well-known, not many people come here for cherry blossoms. It is a spacious park in the centre of the city and is famous for its rich nature. Different kinds of cherry blossom trees such as Kanzakura and Yaezakura are planted in Shinjuku Gyoen. You can enjoy cherry blossom viewing from February to the end of April.

Although the number of people increases during the general cherry-blossom viewing season, alcohol is allowed here, so the atmosphere is quite relaxing in the park. Many spring flowers other than cherry blossoms are in bloom, so take a walk in the park to see all the flowers it has to offer. 

Since Shinjuku Gyoen is in the Shinjuku area, there are many delicious places to dine in. So after you enjoy a peaceful view of the cherry blossoms, grab a bite to eat and take your time in visiting the many shopping centres around Shinjuku. 

6. Showa Kinen Park 国営昭和記念公園

7 Best Hidden Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo 2022 & Avoid the crowd Showa Kinen Park
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The sixth little-known cherry blossom viewing spot is Showa Kinen Park in Tachikawa City.

Quite a few people come here and visit during the cherry-blossom viewing season, but the large area makes it less crowded. You can see about 1,500 cherry trees of 31 varieties centred on Yoshino cherry trees. The hanging cherry blossom branches are at eye level, so it is a popular photo spot to take pictures with the cherry blossoms.

There are also many types of water features, museums and sports facilities to take advantage of while you are there. Plus, there are many lawns to enjoy a peaceful picnic under the cherry blossom trees. 

Besides cherry blossoms, you can enjoy other beautiful flowers like tulips, azaleas, poppies and rapeseed bloom. So after enjoying the cherry blossom sights, make sure to check out all the gorgeous flowers blooming around the park.

Detailed flowering information is updated on the official website of Showa Kinen Park from time to time, so please check it before visiting.

7. Metropolitan Nogawa Park 野川公園

7 Best Hidden Cherry Blossom in Tokyo 2022 & Avoid the crowd Metropolitan Nogawa Park

The seventh little-known cherry blossom viewing spot is Metropolitan Nogawa Park, which straddles Chofu City, Koganei City, and Musashino City.

In the large and idyllic garden, you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing from late March to early April. The highlight is the cherry blossom scenery in the area called “Freedom Square”. The appearance of each cherry blossom with its large branches in full bloom is so beautiful that you can’t help but notice it.

There are different playsets here in the “Wanpaku Square” area too, so even small children will be entertained. There is also a firefly habitat as well as sports areas like tennis courts and athletic tracks, as well as picnic areas for a delicious BBQ. 

There are usually small amounts of people, so if you want to relax and enjoy the cherry blossoms, please visit.

Here, we have introduced 7 spots where you can see cherry blossoms in Tokyo. In addition to the places I introduced, there are more little-known cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo, so go out and explore and find your favourite spot. Do you have one in mind and would like to share it with us? Let us know in the comment section down below!

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