Top 20 Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan

There are more than 1000 cherry blossom spots throughout Japan. Below is the ranking of the top 20 cherry blossom spots in Japan. Check it out to get an idea how to plan your hanami trip. The ranking includes the spots in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Saitama, Kanagawa, Aichi and Nara.

1st Place: Meguro River 目黒川 (Tokyo)

There are rows of cherry blossom trees along the river which are around 4km. It is one of the famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo. There are also many unique shops along the river.

Best Viewing Time:late March to early April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 800
Closest Station:Meguro Station (10-minute walk)/
Fudomae Station (5-minute walk)/
Nakameguro Station (2-minute walk)/
Ikejiri Ohashi Station (2-minute walk)

2nd Place: Shinjyuku Gyoen 新宿御苑 (Tokyo)

There are around 1000 cherry blossoms trees in this vast garden. It is the second largest cherry blossom viewing spot in Tokyo.

Best Viewing Time:late March to early April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 1000 (approximately 65 species)
Closest Station:5 minutes walk from:
Shinjuku Gyoenmae Station /
Shinjuku Sanchome Station/ 
Sendagaya Station
Admission Fee:generally 500 yen
Opening Hours:9am – 4pm

3rd Place: Chidorigafuchi Greenway 千鳥ヶ淵みどり道 (Tokyo)

The streets are dyed in pink by the cherry blossoms. At night, it is lit up. You can enjoy the view from the boats too.

Best Viewing Time:late March to early April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 260
Closest Station:walking distance from Kudanshita Station

4th Place: Yodo River Park Sewaritei District 淀川公園 (Kyoto)

Take a walk at the 1.4KM long cherry blossom path. You can also enjoy the view from the Sakura-deai Kan (桜出会い館)  from the observation tower.

Best Viewing Time:late March toearly April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 220
Closest Station:walking distance from Iwashimizu-Hachimangu Station

5th Place: Mint Bureau Sakura Path 造幣局桜の通り抜け (Osaka)

Enjoy a walk at the cherry blossom path at Mint Bureau, which is a tradition since Meiji period. However, it is usually only opened to public for around a week due to the  short cherry blossom blooming season in this spot.

Best Viewing Time:Mid-April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 340 (approximately 130 species)
Closest Station:walking distance from Temmabashi Station

6th Place: Ueno Onshi Park 上野恩賜公園 (Tokyo)

Ueno Onshi Park is a lively place. It is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot that represents Tokyo. It Is lit up at night too. And there are usually events and antique markets held around this area.

Best Viewing Time:late March to early April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 800 (approximately50 species)
Closest Station:walking distance from Ueno Station
Admission Fee:free
Opening Hours:5am-11pm  

7th Place: Satte Gogendo Park 幸手権現堂公園 (Saitama)

Enjoy the contrast between rape blossom and cherry blossom here. During the Satte Sakura Festival, about 100 stalls are lined up, and at night, the cherry blossoms near the teahouse are lit up. It presents a graceful atmosphere.

Best Viewing Time:late March to early April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 1000
Closest Station:from Satte Station, take Asahi Bus bound for Goka Town Hall

8th Place: Ookagawa Promenade 大岡川プロムナード (Kanagawa)

Enjoy the leisure time walking along the cherry blossom trees in this spring season. The “Sakura Festival in Minami Ward” is held on the first Sunday of April every year, and various events are held, but in 2021 only lighting is carried out to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection.

Best Viewing Time:late March to early April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 500
Closest Station:walking distance from Gumyoji Station

9th Place: Omuro sakura at Ninnaji Temple 仁和寺の御室桜 (Kyoto)

The cherry blossoms here are the ones bloom the last in Kyoto. The height of the trees are only around 2 to 3m. Although the trees are not tall, they are beautiful. This spot has been a popular spot since the Edo period.

Best Viewing Time:early April to mid-April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 200
Closest Station:walking distance from Omuro-Ninwaji Station
Admission Fee:500 yen
Opening Hours:9am-5pm

10th Place: Yoyogi Park 代々木公園(Tokyo)

Relax yourself and take your time to enjoy the cherry blossoms in Yogogi park, which is an oasis in the busy city. It is a quiet green park where you can enjoy the view of the cherry blossoms and listen to the birds’ singing while having a picnic or nap on the lawn.

Best Viewing Time:late March to early April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 700 (approximately 6 species)
Closest Station:walking distance from Harajuku Station/ Yoyogi Koen Station

11th Place: Matsuda Cherry Blossom Festival in Kawazu city 松田町の河津桜 (松田桜まつり) (Kanagawa)

Best Viewing Time:Mid-February to early March
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 360
Closest Station:Shin matsuda Station (20-minute walk)
Matsuda Station (15-minute walk)

Matsuda cherry blossom festival is held annually (this year the festival is cancelled). If the weather is good, you can see Mt. Fuji. It is a spot where you can enjoy the cherry blossoms at night and all day long.

12th Place: Osaka Castle Park 大阪城公園 (Osaka)

The combination of the castle huge stone wall and the cherry blossoms is beautiful. Among the gardens, Nishinomaru Garden a famous one where it is visited by many people.

Best Viewing Time:late March to early April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 3000
Closest Station:walking distance from Osakajo-koen Station / Marinomiya Station
Admission Fee:free
Opening Hours:24 hours

13th Place: Gojo River 五条川 (Aichi)

Enjoy a walk at the riverside that is around 7.8km long with endless rows cherry blossom trees on both banks. One side of it is a driveway, the other side is a nature trail where visitors can enjoy a walk.

Best Viewing Time:late March to early April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 1900
Closest Station:from Kashiwamori Station, take a community bus on the Meitetsu Inuyama Line
get off at Oguchi Town Hall

14th Place: Takami no Sato 高見の郷の時雨桜 (Nara)

Weeping cherry tree has flexible branches, they weep gracefully and sometimes almost reaching the ground. Enjoy the view of around 1000 weeping cherry blossom trees in Takami no Sato where the cherry trees are planted in a mountainous area in Higashiyoshino Village.

Best Viewing Time:early April to late April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 1000 (weeping cherry)
Closest Station:40 minutes by taxi from 
Haibara Station
Admission Fee:1000 yen (adults); 500 yen (children)
Opening Hours:9am – 5pm

15th Place: Yodoryokuchi Park 淀水路の河津桜 (Kyoto)

It is a famous place with around 200 cherry blossom trees planted by the local residents since 2002. It is one of the popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyoto.

Best Viewing Time:mid-February to late March
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 200
Closest Station:walking distance from Yodo Station

16th Place: Rikugien Gardens 六義園 (Tokyo)

It is a garden that incorporates the scenic beauty of Japanese poems. It has been designated as a national special scenic spot. Enjoy the weeping cherry blossoms here that look like waterfalls.

Best Viewing Time:mid-march to early April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 40 (yoshino cherry, weeping cherry)
Closest Station:walking distance from Kamagome Station
Admission Fee:300 yen (adult); 150 yen (65 years old and over 150 yen; free (elementary, high school students in Tokyo, younger children)
Opening Hours:Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (usual time); 9am – 9pm (light-up period)

17th Place: Showa Kinen Park 昭和記念公園 (Tokyo)

There are about 1500 cherry trees in the garden and 30 varieties of cherry blossoms in this vast garden. Here you can find two species of green cherry blossoms, which usually bloom in mid-April.

Best Viewing Time:late march to mid-April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 1500 (approximately 30 species)
Closest Station:walking distance from Nishi-Tachikawa Station

18th Place: Omiya Park 大宮公園 (Saitama)

Cherry Blossoms are everywhere in this vast garden. It is a spot that is suitable to spend time with family. There are a small zoo, children’s amusement park and sport facilities.

Best Viewing Time:late March to early April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 1000
Closest Station:wqlking distance from Omiya Koen Station/ Kita Omiya Station

19th Place: Asukayama Park 飛鳥山公園 (Tokyo)

The park is on a hill. It is a famous cherry blossom spot since Edo period. From late March to early April, you can enjoy the cherry blossoms at night till 9pm.

Best Viewing Time:late March to early April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 600 (3 species)
Closest Station:walking distance from Oji Station

20th Place: Kumagaya Sakura Tsutsumi 熊谷桜堤 (Saitama)

The cherry blossom tunnel is around 2km on the bank of Arakawa. It is so full of cherry blossoms that when you look down from the top it looks like a huge cherry blossom carpet! Kumagaya Sakura Festival is also held annually here.

Best Viewing Time:late March to early April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 500
Closest Station:walking distance from Kumagaya Station

Resources

The ranking is contributed by a Japanese website https://sp.jorudan.co.jp/ based on the survey conducted in 2020.