A One-day Itinerary in Tokyo for Enjoying the Cherry Blossoms
Tokyo has many fabulous areas to see cherry blossoms that you won't want to miss if you are there in the spring. So this time, we created a packed itinerary to enjoy as many spots for cherry blossoms as you can in one day.
- Around 7:30 am: Depart Tokyo Station, Enjoy the Morning Cherry Blossoms Along Meguro River
- Enjoy Lunch with the Cherry Blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen
- See the Cherry Blossoms in Chidorigafuchi
- See the Cherry Blossoms in Ueno Onshi Park
- Enjoy Dinner with a View of the Cherry Trees
Around 7:30 am: Depart Tokyo Station, Enjoy the Morning Cherry Blossoms Along Meguro River
Transit▶Tokyo Station→Meguro Station
Take the Yamanote Line at JR Tokyo Station and ride approximately 19 minutes to Meguro Station. Walk 5 minutes.
Be prepared with a picnic blanket, which is a must for enjoying the flowers. Be sure to get one in advance, as many places do not have benches for seating. They are available at hardware stores and discount stores such as Don Quijote.
The day starts at Tokyo Station. Your first destination on the train is Meguro River, a popular spot for seeing the cherry blossoms, with approximately 4km of cherry trees. It is a prime destination for cherry blossoms and has narrow streets that can get quite crowded, so the best time to go is the early morning. The cherry blossoms are usually in bloom between late March and early April.
Transit▶Meguro Station→Sendagaya Station
Take the Yamanote Line from JR Meguro Station for about 10 minutes and change to the Chuo/Sobu Line at Yoyogi Station. You will arrive at Sendagaya Station in about 2 minutes.
Enjoy Lunch with the Cherry Blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen
5 minutes on foot from Sendagaya Station
When you arrive at Sendagaya Station, go to a convenience store to get some lunch, such as a bento box. Keep in mind that alcohol is not allowed in Shinjuku Gyoen, which is your next destination.
Shinjuku Gyoen—a veritable urban oasis—has more than 65 different types of cherry blossoms. The contrast of the cherry blossoms and the skyscrapers creates scenery that is unique to Tokyo. The cherry blossoms are usually in bloom between late March and late April.
Entrance fee: 200 JPY/general, 50 JPY/elementary and junior high school age, free for preschool age children
2 hours 30 minutes
Transit▶Shinjuku-sanchome Station→Kudanshita Station
Take the Toei Shinjuku Line from Shinjuku-sanchome Station for about 7 minutes to Kudanshita Station.
See the Cherry Blossoms in Chidorigafuchi
5 minutes on foot from Kudanshita Station
The next spot to enjoy the cherry blossoms is Chidorigafuchi along the Imperial Palace. This is an area where the moat is bathed in a pale pink color and the contrast between the stone walls and the delicate flowers seen from the path are beautiful. If it is available, enjoy seeing the blossoms from a boat. The blossoms are usually in bloom between late March and early April.
1 hour 30 minutes
Transit▶Kudanshita Station→Ueno Station
Take the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line for about 4 minutes from Kudanshita Station and change to the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line at Nihombashi Station. Ride about 9 minutes to Ueno Station.
See the Cherry Blossoms in Ueno Onshi Park
Immediately on foot from Ueno Station
This is a famous spot for cherry blossoms that was the Mecca of cherry blossom viewing during the Edo Period (1603 - 1867). It is beautiful during the day, and in the evening, 800 paper lanterns give the cherry blossoms a magical glow. The cherry blossoms are usually in blooms between late March and early April.
3 hours 30 minutes (including time for dinner)
Enjoy Dinner with a View of the Cherry Trees
You can buy your dinner from the many stalls that are open in the park, but if you want to
eat inside, the Ueno no Mori Park Side Cafe inside the park is recommended. There is a terrace and the inside seating has large windows so you can enjoy the cherry blossoms at night while having dinner.
Sample menu item: Meat Doria with Plenty of Vegetables (1,102 JPY (excl. tax))
Transit▶Ueno Station→Asakusa Station
Take Tokyo Metro Ginza Line for about 5 minutes from Ueno Station to Asakusa Station
See the Cherry Blossoms and Tokyo Skytree at Night from Sumida Park
About 3 minutes on foot from Asakusa Station
A combination of the approximately 640 cherry blossoms that are lit up in Sumida Park and the view of Tokyo Skytree is the final stop for this itinerary. Sumida Park has been a popular spot to see cherry blossoms since the Edo Period. Tokyo Skytree has special cherry blossom lighting on the building every year, so if the timing is right, you can enjoy both the cherry blossoms and the lighting. The cherry blossoms are usually in bloom between late March and early April.
1 hour 15 minutes
Transit▶Asakusa Station→Tokyo Station
Take the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line for about 11 minutes from Asakusa Station and change to the JR Keihin Tohoku Line. Ride approximately 2 minutes to Tokyo Station.
If you are going to Tokyo in the summer, be sure to go to all the best spots for cherry blossoms.
*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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