5 Restaurants to Enjoy the Evening Cherry Blossoms near Meguro River
Meguro River is one of the top cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo. Instead of spreading out a tarp under the trees, you can take a walk along the riverside lined with cherry blossom trees, and gaze at the flowers while enjoying a meal at a restaurant or a cafe. Here are some great spots to dine in Nakameguro where you can enjoy the evening cherry blossoms!
This Japanese restaurant specializes in chicken dishes. The recommended seats are on the 2nd floor, where you can get a full view of the sakura (cherry blossoms) from the window. You'll have an amazing experience gazing at the night sakura within a Japanese atmosphere! The cherry blossom trees are lit up, and reservations are required during the Meguro River Sakura Festival, when several events are held in the area. The 2-hour Sakura Festival Limited Time Course (5,000 JPY (incl. tax)) can be reserved for groups of 4 or more people. You can enjoy their famous mizutaki, which uses soup that's made by simmering chicken bones for a long period of time.
2. Ti picchio
This Italian restaurant serves Amalfi and Neapolitan cuisine with a view of the whimsical sakura from their large windows. As Naples and Amalfi are both located close to the ocean, they are known for traditional dishes made with fresh seafood. The dishes at this restaurant are prepared by a chef who has honed his craft in both locations. The authentic acqua pazza (from 2,000 JPY (excl. tax)), which is made without shellfish, is especially a must-try delicacy! Reservations are required during sakura season.
3. aloha table
At this refined, Hawaiian-themed restaurant, you'll be able to enjoy the evening sakura from the open seats on the terrace, which is also where the entrance to the shop is. They serve Hawaiian specialties such as Loco Moco (920 JPY (excl. tax)) and Garlic Soft Shell Shrimp (890 JPY (excl. tax)), and you can enjoy your fill of other Hawaiian treats like Hawaiian pancakes and Hawaiian craft beer and cocktails as well. When you make a reservation, don't forget to ask for the terrace seats! Keep in mind that there's a cancellation fee for canceling on the day of your reservation.
At Shimizu, you can indulge yourself in mizutaki and various other chicken dishes while gazing at the evening view of the blooming sakura from the window. The white chicken soup that they serve here is simmered for 6 hours, and is full of umami (Japanese savory taste) and collagen. The staff will monitor your hot pot and tell you then it is time to start eating, so you can enjoy the chicken hot pot when it's the most delicious! They close at 2:00 am, so you'll be able to bask in the beauty of the flowers even in the middle of the night. It's a very popular restaurant, so prior reservations are required.
You'll be waiting eagerly for your food sitting in this French restaurant. The window view of the sakura brightens up the simple shop interior. The only option on the menu here is the Omakase Course (10,000 JPY (excl. tax)). As expected of a restaurant listed in the Michelin Guide, the course includes various dishes that will surely blow you away. You'll be able to enjoy their artistic dishes while seated in front of sakura in full bloom. Since it's quite popular, it's recommended that you make your reservations as early as possible.
During the sakura season, Meguro River is bustling with people. Spend a relaxing, carefree time walking along the riverside while gazing at the cherry blossoms, and after the sun sets, enjoy a delicious meal at a restaurant while taking in the gorgeous evening cherry blossom views!
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