It’s Sakura time here in Tokyo and the smell of Cherry blossoms are in the air! There is nothing like Cherry Blossom season in Japan. Unfortunately there is such a short window of opportunity to see these lovely blossoms that it is all about timing! It’s amazing what a difference a few days make. Will be highlighting the top 3 Cherry Viewing Spots in Tokyo
A short walk from multiple JR/Metro stations this one by far has the most in sheer amount of cherry blossoms all in one walkway. It is also the site of multiple Sakura viewing parties/picnics and is an all night affair. From families, to students and salary men taking some much needed relaxation time, this park is perfect for people watching underneath the glorious canopy of blossoms.
During peak blossom time it can get a little crowded – but so worth it to see all the blossoms! Of note there are multiple museums, zoos, temples with food vendors and even antique sales to help bide time until the crowds thin out. There literally is something to do for everyone!
Sakura Twister Party under the blossoms! Never a dull moment!
A gorgeous park in any season, but mind-blowingly gorgeous during cherry blossom season. For a small fee (2 Yen for adults and less for kids) you can experience nature in all of it’s glory. From Japanese, English to French landscape gardens, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Even the trunk grows flowers! Compared to Ueno there is more space and open areas for picnics and friends to get together. However, it can still get crowded as noted below
Sakura paparazzi !
11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Transport Sendagaya Gate: Sendagaya Station (Sobu line); Kokuritsu-Kyogijyo Station (Oedo line). Shinjuku Gate: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae Station (Marunouchi line). Okido Gate: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae Station (Marunouchi line)
Open 9am-4pm / closed Mondays
Admission Adults, 200 yen. Elementary and junior high school students, 50 yen
Telephone 03 3350 0151
Nothing compares to the sheer grandeur and history of the Imperial Palace Gardens. Once the site of an Edo Palace and now the main residence and business location for the Emperor of Japan. The architecture combined with the beauty of the blossoms is not to be missed.
The Palace is only open certain dates so be sure to check the calendar before coming, especially if you want to see the East Gardens. There are also special tours you can book in advance online to see the behind the scenes tour of the Palace itself normally closed to the public. You can still get pretty spectacular shots from the outside moat area alone.