Hanami is the act of flower viewing enjoyed in the spring all around Japan. People bring picnics and spend time underneath the blooming cherry blossom trees with their friends, family, and coworkers. In Tokyo, there are many cherry blossom spots. Here are some of recommended ones!
1. Asukayama Park
Asukayama Park in Kita-ku is considered Japan's oldest park along with Ueno Park. It's one of the most famous places for cherry blossoms in Tokyo, so when it's time for hanami season, it overflows with people. There are about 650 cherry blossom trees in the park, so the sight of everything covered in light pink is a highlight! The "yama" part of Asukayama means "mountain," and to go with that there are little hills all around the grounds, and you can experience a calm atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Also, there are three museums inside the park as well as a cycle monorail that you can ride for free (a monorail that you pedal like a bicycle), a real steam engine train that you can enter, and other such fun attraction. It's a great park for families.
2. Ueno Park
Ueno Park, the oldest park in Japan, is especially famous for their cherry blossoms so every year thousands of people visit to see the flowers. There are close to 1200 trees in the park, and both sides of the wide promenade are surrounded by those trees, making you feel like you're really experiencing Japanese spring. In the area there is a lot to enjoy like history museums and art galleries, as well as the zoo that holds Japan's record for most visitors. Ueno Park's main charm is the ability to enjoy the sight of the giant pandas among the cherry blossom flowers.
3. Sumida Park
Sumida Park is the park along the Sumida River, the river that runs on the east side of the city. It's close to the popular Sensoji Temple as well as Japan's tallest tower, Tokyo Skytree, and you can also enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms there. About 1km of the riverside is lined with cherry blossom trees, so it's a perfect spot to easily enjoy taking a walk in order to enjoy the trees. It gets very crowded during hanami season, but the sight of the blossoms in front of the river is a sight worth seeing. It's definitely a recommended spot to check out for hanami.
Chidorigafuchi is the moat on the west side of the emperor's palace. It's an area famous because it has the largest number of cherry blossom trees in all of Tokyo. The biggest charm in this area is that you can ride boats on the moat to enjoy the sight of the flowers. You can spend a luxurious time dipping the rows in the water as you enjoy the flowers around the lake. Of course, you can also enjoy the trees by walking around the lake, and at night they're lit up. It's an area that makes you feel like you're far away from the hustle and bustle from the city, so it's recommended for people who want to experience a refined hanami.
5. Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens are well-known for their scrupulous pruning, but they're also famous for their cherry blossom trees. Among their biggest charms is the huge weeping cherry blossom tree that's over 50 years old. Different from the Yoshino cherry tree that is seen all throughout Japan and in a lot of the world, the weeping cherry is shaped like a willow, its branches towards the ground, and is a breathtaking sight. There is a lake in the center of the park, and throughout the park are flowers and plants from all over Japan to create picturesque sights. For people who want to enjoy the beauty of a Japanese garden as well as the cherry blossoms, this is definitely one place to try. It's near the shopping center LaQua that's part of the huge Tokyo Dome City, so why not do a little sightseeing while you're there too?
6. Shiba Park
Shiba Park is a park near one of Tokyo's landmarks, Tokyo Tower. There are around 200 cherry blossom trees, so it may seem like few in comparison to the other parks already listed. However, other than the usual Yoshino cherry trees, there are more varieties in this park such as the mountain cherry tree and Oshima cherry tree that you can enjoy. Also, the park is open 24 hours a day, so you can enjoy the way the blossoms look different all throughout the day and night. The trees are lit up at night, so you can enjoy the sight of the trees along with the beautiful sight of the lit Tokyo Tower. After you sightsee at the nearby Zojoji Temple and Tokyo Tower, why not take a night stroll here?
If you find yourself in Tokyo at the end of March to the beginning of April, you should definitely enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms that herald the true coming of spring in Japan. Make sure to check the blossom forecast so you can plan your trip accordingly!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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