Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo: Top 10 Spots

Cherry blossom season begins from late March to early April (refer to 2021 Cherry Blossom Forecast Japan for cherry blossom season in other cities in Japan). Below are Top 10 spots to enjoy cherry blossoms in Tokyo.

1st Place: Meguro River 目黒川

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 minutes walk)/
Fudomae Station (5 minutes walk)/
Nakameguro Station (2 minutes walk)/
Ikejiri Ohashi Station (2 minutes walk)

2nd Place: Shinjyuku Gyoen 新宿御苑 

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

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: Ueno Onshi Park 上野恩賜公園

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  

5th Place: Yoyogi Park 代々木公園

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

6th 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)

7th Place: Showa Kinen Park 昭和記念公園

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

8th Place: Asukayama Park 飛鳥山公園

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

9th Place: Yasukuni Shrine 靖国神社

There is a specimen tree of cherry blossoms planted by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Annually Chiyoda Sakura Festival is held in Noh Theatre (能楽堂), which is said to be the oldest one in Tokyo. It is where you can enjoy fantastic cherry blossoms at night. (*the festival is canceled in 2021)

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

10th Place: Kinuta Park 砧公園

Kinuta Park is a perfect place to spend time with friends and family. Enjoy a walk along the Yato River where you can enjoy the spring breeze. There are many large cherry blossom trees in the park and you are able to watch the cherry blossoms up close.

Best Viewing Time:late March to early April
Number of Cherry Blossoms:approximately 840 (approximately 5 species)
Closest Station:20 minutes walk from Yoga Station

How can I book a cherry blossom tour in Tokyo?

You may book the tours through the links below:

1. Tokyo Top 4 Sakura Viewing Spots Day Tour & Buffet Lunch

2. Tokyo German Village Sakura Viewing, Strawberry Picking, and Kisarazu Outlet Day Trip from Tokyo

3. Tokyo Cherry Blossom Walking Tour with Night Cruise

4. Cherry Blossom Tour with All-You-Can-Eat Strawberry Picking Experience in Tokyo

5. Mt. Fuji, Oshino Hakkai and Lake Kawaguchi Day Tour with Matcha Experience from Tokyo