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If you’re coming to Tokyo during spring, you should definitely try to experience what the Japanese call “hanami,” or cherry blossom viewing. There are many places spread around Tokyo famous for their cherry blossoms, and they become vibrant and buzzing with tourists during hanami season. Here are ten parks in Tokyo where you can enjoy a great hanami just as if you were having a picnic!

1. Sumida Park

Across Taito and Sumida wards, along the Sumida River, lays Sumida Park, a place famous since antiquity for its scenic spots to admire the cherry blossoms. Stretching over one kilometer, close to 1,000 cherry trees stand on both sides of the river and help to create a beautiful landscape, where you can walk around enjoying the blossoms from many different angles. The view of TOKYO SKYTREE towering over the full cherry blossoms is especially beautiful and definitely deserves a picture! Riding traditional Japanese pleasure boats, called “yakatabune,” to observe the trees from the river, or admiring them after sunset when they have special illumination, are also very popular options.

Best time to visit: Late March - Early April

1. Sumida Park

Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

2. Yoyogi Park

This park is located close to the famous shopping areas Harajuku and Omotesando, and a 3-minute walk is all it takes to get here from JR Harajuku Station. Yoyogi Park is a calm place with a great number of trees and a lot of grass space. In springtime, it’s the perfect hanami spot, where you can just sit on the grass and enjoy the cherry blossoms. Some early species start blooming by the beginning of March, but you can see many other types of cherry trees beautifully coloring the park almost all the way up to the end of April. The park also has a popular bird sanctuary where you can admire wild birds.

Best time to visit: Late March - Early April

2. Yoyogi Park

2-1 Yoyogikamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

3. Hibiya Park

Hibiya Park was inaugurated in 1903 as Japan’s first Western-style modern park. Though in the middle of a neighborhood crowded with skyscrapers, the park – with its luxuriant nature comprised of thousands of trees – is a popular spot that offers you an oasis inside the city. Different types of cherry trees bloom here during spring, so you can just sit somewhere, maybe in one of the many benches, and just enjoy the view. The recommended hanami spot is at Kamome no Hiroba (seagull square), where the cherry blossoms and fountain compose a beautiful scene. If you can’t come during spring, don’t worry! You can find other flowers all through the year: morning glories during summer, chrysanthemums during fall, and many more.

Best time to visit: Late March - Early April

3. Hibiya Park

Hibiya Koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

4. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Situated just a 5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Shinjuku-gyoemmae Station, Shinjuku Gyoen National Park is a historical park that was built to be the garden of the Imperial Family. A refined landscape covers the entirety of the park, including spacious grass areas that you can use for picnics. The park is famous as a hanami spot due to its 1,100 cherry trees of roughly 65 different species. You can enjoy the cherry blossoms here for a long period of time, because the earliest species, kanzakura, starts blooming in February, and the latest one, kasumizakura, by late April.

Best time to visit: Mid-February - Late April
Entrance fee: 200 JPY (50 JPY for elementary and junior high school students)

4. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

11 Naito-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

5. Asukayama Park

Asukayama Park is located right next to JR Oji Station. With almost 300 years of history, this park is a famous hanami spot where roughly 600 cherry trees display their beautiful blossoms during spring. Throughout the hanami season the park holds vibrant festivals with numerous stalls, and also has a special illumination for the trees at night. The park is situated over a small hill, so a recommendation would be to hop on board the Askargot, a free monorail that takes you from the entrance all the way up to the top. But that’s not all of it! Asukayama Park is not only about hanami. Here you can find roughly 15,000 azaleas of 10 different species, 1,300 hydrangea flowers, and cultural facilities, such as the Paper Museum.

Best time to visit: Late March - Mid-April

5. Asukayama Park

1-1-3 Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo

6. Ueno Park

Right beside JR Ueno Station you find Ueno Park, a park with an area of approximately 530,000 sq.m.! This park is a very popular tourist location known for its zoo and many museums. But did you know that it is also famous for being one of the finest hanami spots in Tokyo? The park has some 1,200 cherry trees throughout its entirety, and attracts around 2 million visitors every year just for the hanami. One of the best sceneries is at the central path, where the rows of trees seem to cover the sky with their flowers in full bloom. The view from the Buddhist temple Kiyomizu Kannon-do and the scenery around Shinobazu Pond are also very popular among visitors.

Best time to visit: Late March - Early April

6. Ueno Park

3 Ikenohata / Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo

7. Showa Kinen Park

With an area that covers around 1.8 million sq.m. and located a mere 10 minutes’ walk from JR Tachikawa Station, Showa Kinen Park has plenty of nature. Popular among people of all ages, the park offers a lot of variety, including a Japanese garden, barbecue area and athletic facilities. Here you will find 1,500 cherry trees of 31 species, and during hanami season you can see them with special illumination at night. During the same season, the rapeseed fields and other flowers, such as azaleas and tulips, are also blooming, so you can enjoy their friendly competition with the cherry blossoms to decide who is the most beautiful!

Best time to visit: Late March – Mid-April
Entrance fee: Adults - 450 JPY (15 years old and up), Seniors - 210 JPY (65 years old and up)

7. Showa Kinen Park

3173 Midori-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo

8. Hamarikyu Imperial Gift Park

Located on the seashore, Hamarikyu Imperial Gift Park is a park with noble origins: it was once a villa for the Imperial Family. Around 100 cherry trees can be found inside, and the contrast between their blossoms and the skyscrapers towering around the park in the background is quite superb! Not only can you stroll around admiring the cherry blossoms from different angles, but you can also sit on the grass and have yourself a relaxing hanami picnic. You can reach the park by the Toei Subway Oedo Line and it’s only a 5-minute walk from Shiodome Station. Or, you can visit the park aboard a water bus that departs from Asakusa.

Best time to visit: Late March - Late April
Entrance fee: 300 JPY (150 JPY for seniors 65 years and up)

8. Hamarikyu Imperial Gift Park

Hamarikyu Teien, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

9. Inokashira Park

Located a 5-minutes walk away from JR Kichijoji Station, Inokashira Park covers an area of roughly roughly 428,000 sq.m. With approximately 500 cherry trees, you can enjoy the blossoms from the early species as soon as early March, and from the late ones almost all the way up to the end of April. The must-go place in the park has got to be the Nanai Bridge from where you can admire the lake and its surroundings. The reflection of the flowers blooming to their fullest on the pond is mesmerizing. Visiting the park at night when the cherry trees have special illumination is also a must! The park offers many different attractions other than hanami, including a zoo, aquarium, playground, rental boats, and much more.

Best time to visit: Late March - Early April

9. Inokashira Park

1-12-31 Gotenyama, Musashino-shi, Tokyo

10. Meiji Jingu Gaien

Meiji Jingu Gaien is a park located 5 minutes by foot from JR Shinanomachi Station. Around 400 cherry trees stand along the sidewalk allowing you to admire the blossoms while strolling around the area. The landscape surrounding the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery is especially gorgeous. One of the best things about Meiji Jingu Gaien is that not only can you admire the cherry trees, but you can also have lunch while at it, as there are many restaurants with take-out services around the park. Don’t worry if you can’t come during spring, because you can enjoy this park all year long: there are fireworks in summer, beautiful ginkgo trees in the fall, and much more.

Best time to visit: Late March - Early April

10. Meiji Jingu Gaien

1-1 Kasuigaoka-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

If you’re planning on visiting Tokyo during spring, you should definitely try to make the most of the hanami season!

*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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