Meguro River Sakura Namiki (Ohashi, Meguro ~ Shitameguro (Megurokawa Endou))
The Meguro River, which spans from Ohashi to the neighborhood of Daikobashi, is 3.8km long and there are about 800 Yoshino cherry trees standing along the riverside.
Because there are a lot of trendy cafes and stores lined up along the riverside, it’s very popular with couples.
Chidorigafuchi Ryokudou (Kudanminami 2chome, Chiyoda-ku ~ Sanbanchosaki)
This is one of the most famous spots in the city because the cherry blossom trees hang over the canal beautifully. At night they light them up so you can also completely enjoy the night cherry blossoms glittering in a bluish light.
While the perimeter of the well-known Imperial Palace is famous within the city for having the best cherry blossoms, this view on this 700-meter-long promenade is also very popular. The origin of the canal is to be considered “the shape of plover’s wings spread wide.” The number one highlight is the scenery of the reflection of the cherry blossom trees in the surface of the gently curving waterway.
You can also have hanami on boats!
The cherry blossoms are also beautiful at night.
Rikugi Park (6-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku)
Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, the favored steward of the 5th shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, planned the gardens of his villa as a representation of the world of waka (classic Japanese poetry).
After all, the park’s famous attraction is located the moment you pass the large gate in the center of the park and find the huge weeping cherry blossom tree standing before your eyes. With a height of 13 meters and a width of 17 meters, it’s a magnificent sight with impressive foliage and light pink flowers drooping so low they reach the ground.
Shinjuku Gyoen (11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku-ku)
The Imperial Palace gardens were built in Meiji 39 (1906). In Showa 24 (1949), it was opened up to the public under the name “National Park Shinjuku Gyoen” and since then, for more than 100 years, the public has had a deep and extensive relationship with the park.
Because it’s in Shinjuku, every year it flourishes with lots of people there for hanami.
Yoyogi Park (Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya – Jinnan 2chome)
It’s the fourth biggest park in Tokyo’s 23 special wards. Originally it was the Yoyogi Parade Ground used by the military.
Starting with the meadow plaza located in the center of the plaza, there are a lot of lawns where you can flop down so it’s ideal for people who want to hanami at their own leisure. It’s also okay to enjoy the cherry blossoms around the plaza and water fountain.
Because it’s close to locations like Shibuya and Harajuku, there’s lots of young people.
Zojoji (4-7-35 Shibakoen, Minato-ku)
When you pass the Nirvana Gate at the front entrance, after the weeping cherry blossom trees, Tokyo Tower soars behind the impressive temple. First you can enjoy this magnificent collaboration. Surrounding all sides of the wide compound are 300 profusely blooming cherry blossom trees that earn a perfect score.
It’s a recommended spot packed with three sightseeing favorites: Tokyo Tower, Zojoji Temple, and cherry blossoms.
Sumida Park (1chome, 2chome, 5chome Mukojima, Sumida-ku)
Speaking of the cherry blossoms along the Sumida River, the eighth shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune opened both Ueno and Asukayama Park up to the masses so they could enjoy hanami. You can feel the history in these cherry blossoms.
The highlight is the tunnel created by the cherry blossom trees lining the banks of the Sumida River from Sakurabashi to Azumabashi. Combined, inside of Sumida Park there are 1000 trees, a grand scale.
At night you can enjoy the lit up cherry blossoms as well as Skytree.
Ueno Onshi Park
Covered in around 350,000 meters of greenery, from ancient times it has been known as a famous place for cherry blossoms. There are around 800 cherry blossom trees, and about half of them are weeping cherry blossom trees.
From the Edo Period to modern day, if you say “Ueno’s Mountain,” it’s famous for cherry blossoms. It’s said that after Kaneiji was founded, the highest-ranking priest, Tenkai, loved cherry blossoms so much he began transplanting trees from Mt. Yoshino.
Every year in spring, it bustles with hanami-goers.
Because there’s a lake inside the park, you can admire the cherry blossoms while you row around in a boat.
The lit up cherry blossom trees are also pretty.