Thinking about where to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo? Sakura can be said to be a spring tradition. In Tokyo, the best time to see is from late March to mid-April every year. Maybe many people are looking forward to seeing the cherry blossoms every year at this time of year.
Here are some recommended spots where you can enjoy cherry blossoms in Tokyo, parks in the city centre where you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing slowly, cherry blossoms along the river, and natural spots where you want to go out for a drive!
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1. 新宿御苑 Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden [Shinjuku Ward]- A massive oasis in the city center, where you can enjoy about 1000 cherry blossom trees
Shinjuku Gyoen is a massive natural park that you would not believe is just a 10-minute walk from Shinjuku.
Shinjuku Gyoen has a long history. It became a garden of the imperial family in 1897. Although it was almost completely destroyed by three air raids, it symbolises a peaceful cultural nation after the war. It is now open to the public as a national park.
Today, you can find a well-maintained lawn plaza, a restored Western-style building from the Meiji era, a glasshouse and a Japanese garden here. It is a place of relaxation that can be refreshed regardless of the season.
There are about 1000 cherry blossoms of 65 types such as Yoshino cherry trees and other wild cherry trees here. You can enjoy cherry blossom viewing from mid-February to late April.
2. 浜離宮恩賜庭園 Hamarikyu Gardens [Chuo-ku]- A wide variety of Japanese cherries in full bloom surrounding the pond
A famous Daimyo garden from the Edo period is the Hamarikyu Gardens. A Daimyo garden is a site in which there is a pond with a walkway around created by the Daimyo himself In this case, Hamarikyu Gardens has “Shioiri no Ike” which directly translates to “seawater pond,” the pond draws in the seawater and depending on the flow of the tide the scenery changes. It is the only remaining seawater pond from the Edo era in Tokyo.
In November 1952, the Hamarikyu Gardens was labelled a national historic sight for its scenic beauty.
There are approximately 100 cherry blossoms that are planted in the garden, along with two duck ponds which were originally used for duck hunting in the Edo period.
The best time to see the cherry blossoms at Hamarikyu Gardens is from late March to mid-April every year. You will be able to see a rare variety of cherry trees including; Curcuma Longa and Gyoikou along with flowers planted along the paths in full bloom.
The best time to see the cherry blossoms here is from late March to mid-April every year.
3.上野恩賜公園 Ueno Onshi Park [Taito Ward]- One of the most famous hanami spots, enjoy the cherry blossoms of Ueno
Ueno Onshi Park is one of the main metropolitan parks in Japan, which has been open for over 140 years. It has a large variety of cultural facilities including statues, museums, art galleries and even a zoo.
Since the Edo period, Ueno has been famous for being a significant place to watch the cherry blossoms. The cherry blossom trees are blossomed for around two months where you can see different types of trees depending on when you go in spring. From early-blooming cherry blossoms at the start of spring to the Yoshino Cherry blossoms in mid spring, Ueno is a great place to enjoy the cherry blossom scenery whilst taking a walk around Shinobazu Pond
4. 芝公園及び増上寺境内 Shiba Park and Zojoji Temple [Minato Ward]- Stunning cherry blossoms at Shiba Park and Zojoji Temple
Zojoji Temple is located in the beautiful Shiba Park in Minato City, where you can come across one of the seven main temples of the Jodo sect. Zojoji Temple is famous for having the Tokyo tower in its close proximity and the park offers excellent views of the tower and is a popular spot to take a walk around. It has recently celebrated its 600th anniversary .
There are around 200 cherry trees, most of which are Yoshino cherry trees. However, you can also enjoy several types of cherry blossoms such as the ‘weeping cherry trees’ and Yutenzakura cherry trees. Many people come and worship at the temple at the same time as cherry blossom viewing.
Cherry blossoms such as Yoshino cherry trees, Yamazakura and Satozakura are in full bloom around the Maruyama Tumulus in Shiba Park.
5. 青山霊園 Aoyama Cemetery [Minato Ward]- Take a cherry-blossom viewing walk at the quiet cemetery
Aoyama Cemetery is a unique location to view cherry blossoms as it is a cemetery instead of a park. Located near downtown areas such as Aoyama-dori and Roppongi, Aoyama Cemetery has more than 300 old cherry trees such as Yoshino cherry trees dotted around. It is a prime spot for watching cherry blossoms peacefully.
Being a cemetery, there are no gift shops or people sitting down on the site so it is good for those who want to quietly appreciate the cherry blossoms. Many recall the experience as spectacular as you walk through the rows of cherry blossoms whilst watching the petals of the cherry blossom flutter down creating a beautiful experience for those who come here.
6. 有栖川宮記念公園 Arisugawa No Miya Memorial Park [Minato Ward]
A beautiful urban Japanese garden with pink and white cherry blossoms
Arisugawa No Miya Memorial Park is a quiet picturesque park where you can relax and enjoy the variety of landscapes and escape from the busy bustle of the city. Taking advantage of the varied terrain of the Azabudai, the Japanese garden, rich in nature, offers a variety of views such as hills, valleys, and ponds.
The cherry blossoms are in full bloom from late March to early April every year, offering all the 11 types of Cherry blossoms where the gorgeous dark pink and white coloured cherry blossoms come in full bloom.
The information board next to the lawn square introduces all kinds of cherry blossoms that bloom in the park, so be sure to check it out.
7. 千鳥ヶ淵緑道 Chidorigafuchi Green Road (Chidorigafuchi) [Chiyoda Ward]
A famous place for cherry blossoms in Iidabashi, Kudan, and Ichigaya. Take a walk through the green road of Chidorigafuchi
During the “Chiyoda Sakura Festival” held in the spring of every year, the Chidorigafuchi area is filled with the cherry blossom viewing mood. The name “Chidorigafuchi” has been said to have originated from where many of the city birds come and gather in the park during winter.
Originally, Chidorigafuchi was used as a dam to secure water from the stream flowing from Kojimachi to the opening of Edo Castle. As a result, the water secured is used as a water source to moisten the ground around Edokko.
Many people come here to enjoy watching the cherry blossoms and there are a total of around 270 cherry trees in the Park. The reflection of the cherry blossoms on the moat seen from the surface of the water is beautiful, and it is highly recommended to take a boat ride which can be done during the day or the evening as the pedestrian path is illuminated at night
8. 靖国神社 Yasukuni Shrine [Chiyoda Ward]- The ephemeral and beautiful Yasukuni cherry blossoms that herald spring in Tokyo
Yasukuni Shrine is a shrine that was built in 1869. It enshrines the message for “the people who gave their precious lives for the country,” directly commemorating those who died in service of Japan from the Boshin War. The Shrine accepts prayers for national security, family safety, warding off evil, and prosperity of the company.
Along with its history of people who died during the war, it is also known as one of the leading cherry blossom spots in Tokyo, with around 500 Yoshino cherry trees and wild cherry trees planted around the ground.
Every type of cherry blossom, such as a three-minute blooming cherry blossom, a cherry blossom in full bloom, and a falling snowstorm can be found on the site and many enjoy a stroll around the shrine as well as going to the War Museum creating an experience that fills people’s hearts with warmth.
9. 北の丸公園 Kitanomaru Park [Chiyoda Ward]- A spacious park that is part of the Imperial Palace Garden. The cherry blossoms on the moat are beautiful
Kitanomaru Park was owned by the powerful Tokugawa clan, where the Edo Castle of Kitanomaru was once located during the Edo period. After the war, it was used as a green space around the Imperial Palace, and in 1969 it was opened to the public as a forest park.
The main attraction of Kitanomaru Park is the pond, where you can rent a boat and enjoy watching the cherry blossoms. Additionally, if you take a walk along with the nearby Kokyo Gaien district, you can indulge in the beautiful flowers and green scenery.
Around 230 cherry trees varying from wild cherry blossoms to Yoshino cherry trees are planted in the park, and it is one of the most famous spots for viewing cherry blossoms in spring.
10. 外濠公園 Sotobori Park [Chiyoda Ward]- A quiet walking path with rows of cherry blossom trees on the bank along the Sotobori of the old Edo Castle
Sotobori Park has a pedestrian walking path full of luscious greenery that stretches for about 2km from the vicinity of Iidabashi Station on the JR Chuo Line to the south side of Yotsuya Station.
The park is located beside the ruins of the outer moat of Edo Castle. Since the park is a promenade, during the Hanami season it is a popular place to view the cherry blossoms as the course of the walk is around an hour long, many people come here to see the vast variety of the 225 cherry blossoms planted here whilst appreciating the remnants of the Edo period.
As the park is located along the JR line, you can see the cherry blossoms from inside the train. At the beginning of the fall, cherry blossom petals float in the outer moat, and you can feel the changing seasons from the quaint landscape.
11. 六義園 Rikugien Garden [Bunkyo Ward]- Famous for the large weeping cherry tree that looks like a falling waterfall
Rikugien was built by Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa, a Japanese samurai of the Edo period. He was heavily used by the fifth shogun Tsunayoshi and because of this he was given around 9 hectares of land. As a result, a “strolling-style artificial hill spring water garden” was created over a seven year period expressing his love for poetry.
Rikugien Garden is a delicate and gentle Edo daimyo garden based on Yanagisawa’s poetry hobby. Rikugien translates to ‘six tenets garden,’ which stems from the ‘six tenets of poetry’ used to form a type of poetry called Waka.
During the Meiji Restoration, the garden was bought by the Iwasaki family in the Meiji era and was restored after being abandoned for 166 year. It was later donated to Tokyo and became a place of relaxation for the citizens of Tokyo.
A significant attraction of the garden is the large weeping cherry tree planted at the end of the Entrance Gate towards the Inner Garden, which leads to the centre of the garden. The branches are full of light pink flowers at the end of March. The appearance reminiscent of a falling waterfall is mesmerising.
12. 小石川後楽園 Koishikawa Korakuen [Bunkyo Ward]- “Strolling garden” that expresses the landscape of the sea, mountains, rivers, countryside and moer
Koishikawa Korakuen has one of the longest histories among the three existing daimyo gardens in Tokyo, and was typically used as a common place to take a walk during the Edo period, as a garden in the Edo period.
The garden was awarded to be a national cultural property with its historical background and being a beautiful scenic spot.
The garden reproduces famous landscapes in miniature to replicate Japanese and Chinese scenery. This was inspired from the Chinese artist Zhu Zhiyu, the remnant of the Ming dynasty, and its characteristics are reflected in the bank of Saiko and the moon bridge.
The weeping cherry tree “Baba Sakura”, which blooms beautiful flowers every spring, is said to be over 70 to 80 years old.
13. 江戸川公園 Edogawa Park [Bunkyo Ward]- The cherry blossoms overflow on both banks of the Kanda River (Edo River) are the essence of Edo
Edogawa park is one of the most famous spots for Hanami for both tourists and local people.
After Mr. Oumihara, the former Nishi-Edogawa Town mayor, planted a cherry tree on the bank in front of his house. From that point onwards, cherry blossoms were planted one after another from Ishikiri Bridge to Omagari.
Cherry blossoms such as Yoshino cherry blossoms are in full bloom on both banks of about 500 m. It has been recommended to take a boat out onto the Kanda river to see the cherry blossoms at night
In addition, a new cherry tree was planted in 1983, and many cherry blossom viewing visitors now visit during the flowering season.
The cherry blossoms that spill out from the fence guarding the river are wonderful and many people use it as a spot to go on dates or even jog around.
14. 播磨坂さくら並木 Harimazaka Sakura Namiki [Bunkyo Ward]- The row of cherry blossom trees along the sidewalk between the roads is just a tunnel of flowers.
Harimazaka is named after the upper mansion of Matsudaira Harimamori. The central part of the slope is maintained as a ‘green road’ and is commonly used as a place of relaxation for the residents living here. The cherry blossoms are maintained and protected by these locals so it is a great place to view cherry blossoms whilst admiring the locals’ dedication.
Harimazaka is also famous as one of the leading cherry blossom spots in Tokyo. It is located in a residential area and around 150 cherry blossom trees were planted in 1960 by the local residents. The main types of cherry blossom trees are Yoshino cherry trees and double cherry trees. They are planted on both sides and in the centre of the street, which is about 500 m long, so it is a nice scenic stroll.
When it is in full bloom, people can look up from the bottom of the road to see a magnificent tunnel of cherry blossoms from the sloping road.
15. 哲学堂公園 Tetsugakudou-Park [Nakano Ward]- See the cherry blossoms loved by philosophers and feel the changing seasons
Tetsugakudou-Park, which means Philosophy Hall Park, was founded in 1906 by Dr. Enryō Inoue, a philosopher and founder of Toyo University, with the running theme of philosophy. It visually expresses the world of philosophy, including sites such as the Tetsurimon or the Rokkendai. It has been developed as a place for philosophy and social education, and has been certified as a national scenic spot and a tourism resource certified by Nakano Ward.
As well as being a beautiful site to see worldwide ideals of philosophy, it is also popular as a cherry blossom viewing spot which has a variety of cherry trees including Yoshino cherry trees and Japanese cherry trees. The cherry trees are planted on the premises.
In the spring, you can see many families and groups enjoying watching the cherry blossoms as they wish. There are plenty of sports parks and facilities, so it is recommended to enjoy a leisurely stroll of the cherry blossom after a workout .
16. 隅田公園 Sumida Park [Sumida Ward]- Enjoy the cherry blossoms of Edo in full bloom on the Sumida River
It is a city park with a length of about 1.2km facing the Sumida River that runs through the city centre. Although Sumida Park is famous for its Fireworks Festival in summer, it is one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo and is a location visited by many cherry blossom viewing visitors.
It is said that it was first planted by Hachidai Shogun Yoshimune, and now 332 cherry trees are planted in the park.
From the end of March to the beginning of April, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The blossomed tree creates an illusion that they overhang the Sumida River. You can enjoy cherry blossom viewing while immersing yourself in the atmosphere of the Edo period whilst watching the petals flowing on the surface of the river.
17. 錦糸公園 Kinshi Park [Sumida Ward- A park with 162 cherry blossoms with the combination of skyscrapers and cherry blossoms
Kinshi Park is within walking distance from Kinshicho Station. It is a park with a luscious lawn that you can’t imagine in the centre of the city. It is a nice place for people to eat their lunch or to have a break from the busy city.
162 cherry trees are planted here, such as the Yoshino cherry tree and weeping cherry trees, which is a spectacular sight. When the cherry blossoms begin to bloom, the area turns pink, signalling to the people of Japan that spring is coming to Tokyo.
It is recommended to take a picture of the cherry blossoms that are typical of Tokyo with the skyscrapers in the background.
18. 水元さくら堤 Mizumoto Sakura Tsutsumi [Katsushika Ward]- Take a walk around the cherry blossom viewing promenade, where about 550 cherry blossoms are in full bloom
Mizumoto Sakura Tsutsumi is a bank along Mizumoto park that is the remains of the hydraulic engineering project by Yoshimune Tokugawa, the eighth shogun. The embankment known as the ‘Sakura Bank’ has protected the townspeople of Edo from flood damage for many decades and is now lined with cherry blossom trees for a distance of about 3.3km.
Around 550 cherry trees are planted on the Sakura bank, and in the spring it becomes a beautiful cherry blossom corridor.
Known as one of the most famous cherry blossom spots in Katsushika Ward, you can spend a spring holiday with plenty of nature, with waterside scenery and cherry blossoms in full bloom.
Adjacent to Mizumoto Park is a large lawn plaza,a barbecue plaza, and playset, so it’s a good idea to make a day trip through cherry blossom viewing with your family and friends whilst enjoying the many facilities Mizumoto Park has to offer.
19. 立石さくら通り Tateishi Sakura Street [Katsushika Ward]- A row of cherry blossom trees with a tunnel of flowers where about 100 cherry trees are planted
Sakura-dori was constructed from 1982 to 1990 as the first “community road” as part of the 50th anniversary of the ward system.
Around 100 Yoshino cherry trees are planted on both sides of the street beside the Katsushika Ward Office, and by the time the cherry blossoms bloom, a large pale pink arch will be created, where you can feel the arrival of spring with your whole body by driving or cycling through the cherry blossom tunnel or taking a walk in the snowstorm of sakura petals.
For those who want to enjoy the cherry blossoms quietly, it is recommended to look at the trees from the fountain square opposite the ward office. There are elementary and junior high schools near the ward office, and you can see picturesque scenes of students in school bags and uniforms walking through the cherry blossoms.
20. 桜坂 Sakurazaka [Ota Ward]- Walk on a gentle slope while enjoying the cherry blossoms
From Numabe Station on the Tokyu Tamagawa Line, you will be able to see a gentle slope on your right. After a 5 minute walk from the station, you will reach the top of Sakurazaka.
In the Taisho era, the road was named “Sakurazaka” after the cherry blossoms were planted on both sides of the slope.
Currently, around 30 cherry trees are planted, and in the spring, the gentle slopes and blue sky are colored with the light red colour of the cherry blossoms.
Since it is located in a quiet residential area, it is important to follow the etiquette of the Japanese residents when visiting and enjoying the cherry blossoms on Sakurazaka.
21. 池上本門寺 Ikegami Honmonji Temple [Ota Ward]- The beautiful combination of cherry blossoms in full bloom and the five-storied pagoda
Ikegami Honmonji Temple is a sacred place where Nichiren saints have died. There are around 500 cherry blossom trees that are planted around the park and Honmonji Temple. The five-storied pagoda, which is the oldest pagoda in Tokyo, has become a national importance of cultural property. It is most beautiful during spring as the cherry blossoms decorate both sides of the pagoda. It is a memorable view that is highly recommended to go during Hanami season.
There are Somei Yoshino cherry trees planted all over the vast precincts. The five-storied pagoda and the pink cherry blossoms, which have been continuing for nearly 400 years, is a timeless beauty.
You can also see Sasabezakura, which is rare in Tokyo, so please take a look.
22. 洗足池公園 Washokuike Park [Ota Ward]- The view of the cherry blossoms in full bloom over the pond
Senzokuike Park, located in front of Senzokuike Station on the Tokyu Ikegami Line, is one of the largest parks in Tokyo with a freshwater pond.
Many Yoshino cherry trees are planted on the premises, and is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot in the local area. You can still see the remains of the waterside landscape.
This famous spot was also depicted in the famous Edo Hyakkei “Senbun no Ike Kasaya Matsu” by Hiroshige Utagawa, a painter from the Edo period.
In spring, cherry blossoms are in full bloom around the perimeter of the pond, and it is recommended to take a boat out and enjoy the view of the cherry blossoms from the pond.
You can also see the cherry blossoms from the park which has a playset, where you can spend a relaxing time, even with children.
23. 多摩川台公園 Tamagawadai Park [Ota Ward]- A cherry blossom viewing spot overlooking Mt. Fuji with the flow of Tama River
Located in a hilly area along the Tama River, the green park is popular as a place to relax for the citizens of Tokyo.
There is a viewing platform in the midst of the vast garden, from which you can see not only the Tama River, but also Mt. Fuji in the distance on a sunny day.
There are 300 cherry trees planted in the park, making it a perfect cherry blossom viewing spot in spring.
When the cherry blossoms are in full bloom one, many Hanamachi visitors come. If you are lucky, you can see the combination of Mt. Fuji and cherry blossoms, which is a truly exquisite sight.
24. 都立浮間公園 Ukima Park [Itabashi Ward]
A pond, a cute windmill, and a row of cherry blossom trees … A beautiful spring scene
Ukima Park is located in front of Ukimafunado Station on the JR Saikyo Line. There are plenty of facilities such as baseball fields, tennis courts, a playset and lawn open space, where you can also fish for crucian carp. The vast variety draws a lot of people into the park to relax.
The windmill is a beloved symbol by the citizens of Tokyo in the park of Ukimagaike, and in the spring the rows of cherry blossom trees and primroses bloom bright pink, making it very picturesque.
The park is close to the station and is very easy to access, and there are plenty of shops in the area where you explore the area before or after cherry blossom viewing.
The cherry blossoms reflected on the pond are extremely beautiful.
25. 石神井公園 Shakujii Park [Nerima Ward]
A park that reflects the nature of Musashino. Enjoy spring on a boat
Shakujii park is a park centred on two ponds, Samboji Pond and Shakujii Pond. Much of the park is preserved as a wilderness area, so you will be able to see many animals and luscious greenery. Additionally, Shakujii Pond has a boat stop, where you can rent a boat, that leads to the remains of Shakujii Castle and related archaeological sites. (The ruins of Shakujii Castle are normally closed to protect cultural properties)
Around 170 Yoshino cherry trees bloom from late March to early April, and about 70 wild cherry trees bloom in mid-April. Additionally, the row of cherry blossom trees beside the service centre becomes a wonderful tunnel of flowers, where you can take pictures and enjoy cherry blossom viewing. The pond especially is a popular spot for picnicking under the cherry trees.
About 140 magnolia kobus trees are also planted, and in early spring, they bloom like white lumps.
26. 城北中央公園 Johoku Central Park [Nerima Ward]- Yoshino cherry tree that dyes the blue sky of spring in light red
Johoku Central Park is an athletic park that is the largest area in the northern part of Tokyo’s 23 wards, with a rugged site along the Shakujii River. There are about 270 cherry trees in the park.
During spring you will be fascinated by the array of Yoshino cherry trees, which blooms like a light red cloud.
Because it is a public place, follow the rules and enjoy cherry blossom viewing.
27. 光が丘公園 Hikarigaoka Park [Nerima Ward]- Enjoy cherry blossom viewing in a park where about 1000 cherry blossoms are in full bloom!
When you get off at Hikarigaoka station, you can enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms from around the “Fureai no Dai” to Hikarigaoka Park.
The park has a total of around 1000 cherry trees, including about 180 Yoshino cherry trees, 700 cherry trees, and 110 wild cherry trees planted in the spacious park, making it one of the leading cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo.
The lawn plaza in the park is full of cherry blossoms, which is perfect for spreading the leisure seats and seeing the cherry blossoms. It is also recommended for families as you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing while letting children play with wooden playset and athletics.
It’s a public place when you see the cherry blossoms, so please spend your time slowly while observing the manners.
28. 都立・尾久の原公園 Metropolitan Ogunohara Park [Arakawa Ward]- About 170 weeping cherry trees are on display here
Ogunohara Park is located on the site of an old factory and is one of the parks where you can fully enjoy the wilderness within nature.
In addition to the lawn plaza and fields as a place of relaxation, the pond and wetlands located in the centre are widely known as a habitat for rare dragonflies.
In addition, there are about 170 cherry trees (weeping cherry trees), which are trees in Arakawa Ward that were planted by volunteers of the ward, and you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing in the spring.
The surrounding housing estates and condominiums shine in the light red cherry blossoms, and the area is full of spring. While admiring the cherry blossoms that hang down to a height that you can reach, we also recommend a picnic with a leisure sheet and a lunch box.
29. 飛鳥山公園 Asukayama Park [Kita Ward]- A historical cherry blossom viewing spot that was created under Shogun Yoshimune
Asukayama park is a historic park that began when Tokugawa Hachidai Shogun Yoshimune planted cherry blossoms on Asukayama as one of the measures to reform Toho. It is said that when Asukayama was opened, Yoshimune himself set up a banquet in Asukayama and advertised itself as a worthy place for recognition.
Currently, around 600 cherry trees such as Yoshino cherry tree and Satozakura are planted on a site with a total area of 73,000 square metres, making it one of the leading cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo.
It is also recommended to stop by the Asukayama Museum in Kita Ward, the Paper Museum, and the Shibusawa Memorial Museum in the park.
30. 南砂緑道公園 Minamisuna Ryokudo Park [Koto Ward]- About 80 cherry blossom tunnels such as Yoshino cherry tree
Minamisuna Ryokudo Park is a green road that runs from the vicinity of Minamisuna 2-chome on Meiji-dori to the area between Toyocho Station on Eitai-dori and the Koto Driver’s Licence Examination Centre.
It is known that about 80 cherry trees such as the Yoshino cherry tree are in full bloom from late March to early April.
When the cherry blossom season is in full bloom, it blooms beautifully as if you were walking in a tunnel of cherry blossoms.
Lanterns are displayed during the cherry blossom festival every year, and you can also see the cherry blossoms at night.
31. 井の頭恩賜公園 Inokashira Park [Mitaka City]- The park that reflects the nature of Musashino with cherry blossoms in full bloom and fresh greenery
Metropolitan Inokashira Park is widely known as “Inokashira Park” and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2017.
There are around 400 cherry trees in the entire park. 200 of which are Yoshino cherry trees and wild cherry trees that spread their branches magnificently around Inokashira Pond. In spring, the view from the top of Nanai Bridge is truly spectacular as the cherry blossoms are reflected onto the pond.
After the cherry blossom season, the trees turn into a luscious green colour. A variety of vegetation grows naturally each season, and there are many birds, especially migratory birds. Additionally, there is a green adventure course where you can observe the rich nature and creatures, including the waterfowl birds which come to settle down for the summer. Many people enjoy bird watching here.
It is also recommended for going out during the Golden Week holidays.
32. 都立野川公園 Metropolitan Nogawa Park [Mitaka City]- A park where you can feel the nature of Musashino
Metropolitan Nogawa Park is a massive park that straddles the three cities of Chofu, Koganei, and Mitaka.
You can relax in each place, such as the north side of Nogawa where the rich nature of Musashino is left. Nogawa park accommodates many athletic facilities where families can visit and spend their day at.
From late March to early April, the cherry blossoms in the park are in full bloom, and the area is dyed a beautiful pink during spring. Every year, there are many cherry blossom viewing visitors who relax under the rows of cherry blossom trees in the ‘Freedom Square.’
33. 小金井公園 Koganei Park [Koganei City]- The scenic spot “Koganei Sakura” is a must-see, with 1,700 cherry blossoms blooming here
Koganei Park, located along Tamagawa Josui, is one of the most famous cherry blossom spots in Tokyo, inheriting the tradition of the famous “Koganei Sakura Festival” which takes place from late March to late April every year.
There are around 1700 cherry trees that include around 50 different types of cherry trees such as; wild cherry blossoms, Yoshino cherry trees, and Satozakura. All together they have an area of about 80 ha, that are planted in this park.
In particular, the Yoshino cherry tree in the square in front of the garden is visited by many cherry blossom viewers.
It’s a relatively long flowering period from the end of March to the end of April, so it’s quite flexible for any cherry blossom viewers who have a busy schedule. It is recommended to enjoy the cherry blossoms of Koganei along with the splendid rows of cherry blossom trees in Tamagawa Aqueduct.
34. 多磨霊園 Tama Cemetery [Fuchu City]- A cherry blossom viewing spot where you can appreciate a wide variety of cherry blossoms
Many cherry blossoms (Yoshino cherry trees) are planted in Tama Cemetery, which blooms from the end of March to the beginning of April every year and entertains many people.
Tama Cemetery has a variety of cherry trees such as weeping cherry blossoms and Yae sakura that are planted throughout Tama Reien. In particular, the cherry blossoms that cover the tree-lined road are just like a tunnel of white flowers.
When it is in full bloom, many people come not only to visit the grave but also to see the cherry blossoms whilst taking a walk. It creates a bright atmosphere that is far from the usual image of a cemetery and many stop by to admire the beauty of the cherry blossoms whilst respecting the cemetery rules.
35. 大学通りDaigaku Dori [Kunitachi City]- The row of cherry blossom trees that decorate the 1.3km Daigaku Dori is one of the famous places in Tokyo
If you want to take a cherry blossom viewing walk in Kunitachi, go to Daigaku Dori, which runs through from the south exit of JR Kunitachi Station toward Yaho Station.
160 cherry trees and 115 ginkgo trees are planted on the main street of the city extending south from Kunitachi Station. In the spring, stunning cherry blossoms cover the streets and sky, creating a breathtaking view.
There are bicycle lanes and sidewalks bordered by green belts on both sides of the road, so you can walk comfortably whilst watching the cherry blossoms. It’s also recommended to visit nearby restaurants and general stores.
36. 釜の淵公園 Kamanofuchi Park [Ome City]- Enjoy the breath of spring while strolling along the Tama River during the cherry blossom season
At Kamanofuchi Park near the Tamagawa River, the cherry blossoms turn light red from late March to early April every year, and are in full bloom.
The rows of cherry blossom trees that decorate the banks of the pure river, is labelled as “the famous place for cherry blossoms on the Tama River”! As the parkit is far from the city centre, you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing in the nature of the Tama River, escaping from the busy bustle of the city.
It’s nice to stroll under the cherry blossoms, or take a closer look at the top of Ryuenbashi and Ayumibashi from the opposite side of the bank.
It’s also a good idea to eat your Bento whilst relaxing on the vast lawn.
37. 国営昭和記念公園 Showa Kinen Park [Tachikawa City / Akishima City]- A healing spot with lots of greenery
Showa Kinen Park is a national park with a total area of 180 hacters that straddles Tachikawa City and Akishima City. This was created as part of the 50th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Showa. It is recommended to go visit “Showa Emperor Memorial Hall” on the premises.
During spring, various flowers such as plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, rape blossoms, and tulips are in full bloom, creating a beautiful colourful landscape.
There are many large trees aged around 40 to 50 years old in the “Sakura-no-en”. You can take stunning flowers of the low hanging branches that droop to the point where you can touch the cherry petals.
38. 多摩川Tama River – Along the Tama River with a total length of 138km, there are 88 cherry blossom viewing spots
The Tama River is a river with a total length of 138 km that flows into Tokyo Bay from Mt. Kasatori in Enzan, Koshu City, Yamanashi Prefecture. It is an important water source in the metropolitan area that carries water in order to nurture the greenery and diverse creatures close by.
The upstream part of the river is a popular place for going and taking a stroll around the valleys and walking in the mountains. On the other hand, the downstream riverbed is widely used as a park and sports ground.
There are many cherry blossom viewing spots in the Tama River basin, but the beautiful row of cherry blossom trees along the Tama River embankment in Fussa City is a renowned cherry blossom walking course.
39. 羽村の堰 Hamura Weir Cherry Blossoms [Hamura City]- Approximately 200 cherry blossoms in full bloom around Tamagawa Josui and Hamura Weir
Located in Hamura Kusahana Hill Nature Park, around 200 cherry trees are planted along the Tamagawa Josui and Tama Rivers around the Hamura Weir.
In the spring, you can see the cherry blossoms in full bloom on both banks, and you can see the beautiful scenery such as the cherry blossom snowstorm that falls on the surface of the river.
Additionally, when the cherry blossoms are over, around 350,000 colourful tulips are in full bloom in the Negarami-mae paddy field, which is about a 5-minute walk upstream from Hamura Weir, where you can enjoy the scenery of spring.
40. 遊園地よみうりランド Yomiruiland [Inagi City]- An amusement park where you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing in the spring along with lots of attractions
Around 1000 cherry trees such as the Yoshino cherry tree, wild cherry tree, and weeping cherry tree are planted in Yomiuri Land, where you can enjoy it as both a cherry blossom viewing place and an amusement park in spring!
Cherry blossoms line the road with a total length of 180m, and it forms a wonderful tunnel of cherry blossoms when it is in full bloom.
You can enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the cherry blossoms while walking, or sitting down in the rest space and looking at them.
Furthermore, Yomiuri Land’s famous coaster “Bandit” transforms into a “cherry blossom viewing coaster” during the cherry blossom season! The moment you see the cherry blossoms, it gives off the image of cotton candy on the ground. At the ride’s highest point, you can run through the cherry blossoms at a tremendous speed, it is said to be an unforgettable memory.
41. 睦橋周辺 Mutsumibashi [Fussa City]- Harmony between the banks and bridges, along with the cherry blossoms makes you feel spring
Around 500 Yoshino cherry trees are planted along the Tama River embankment from Nagata Bridge to Mutsumibashi in Fussa City for about 2.5 km, and is attracting attention as an easy-to-go cherry blossom viewing spot.
It is recommended to take a leisurely stroll along the river whilst being surrounded by the bright spring sunlight and the fluttering cherry blossoms. The rows of cherry trees that bloom both on the banks and around Mutsubashi are so picturesque, it is recommended to take many pictures of the beautiful scenery.
42. 玉川上水Tamagawa Aqueduct- Take a walk through the rows of cherry blossom trees that are in full bloom in the historical water source from the Edo period
Tamagawa Aqueduct is said to have been completed by the efforts of the Shoemon and Seiemon brothers, who is most famously known as the “Tamagawa Brothers”. Approximately 43 kilometres along the water from Hamura to Yotsuya Okido is a recommended spring walking spot.
There are several theories around the success of the growth of cherry trees, but it was believed that due to regional promotion, protection of embankments, and cherry blossom petals helped purify the water quality. As a result, many cherry trees were planted along the water, and Tamagawa Aqueduct is still there to this day.
It is a famous place for cherry blossoms, which is famous as a large collection of wild cherry blossoms with 38 varieties and 3 subspecies.
43. 大島公園 Oshima Park [Oshima Town]- Izu Oshima Metropolitan Park where you can enjoy Oshima cherry
Oshima Park is a metropolitan park located on Izu Oshima. There is a plaza where you can enjoy Oshima cherry blossoms, which are native to Izu Oshima Island. You can enjoy cherry blossoms from around December to mid-April.
Many of the cherry trees planted in the park are Oshima cherry trees, and among the Oshima cherry trees on the island, the ones that bloom early are called “Kanzaki Oshima”.
The best time to see the rows of trees on the cold-blooming Oshima is around February.
Find out more about Spring in Japan here: What to do in Spring, Where to go in spring, Wisteria in Japan, Spring Date ideas, What to do eat in spring, Where to see cherry blossom in Tokyo and Cherry blossom festivals.