Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers. In spring, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, people picnic under the trees.
The custom is said to have started during the Nara period(710–794), when it was plum blossoms that people admired in the beginning, but by the Heian period(794–1185) cherry blossoms came to attract more attention, and hanami was synonymous with sakura.
In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming together, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, an aspect of Japanese cultural tradition that is often associated with Buddhist influence, and which is embodied in the concept of "mono no aware(the pathos of things)".
In this article, we would like to introduce the top 5 of Tokyo’s Most beautiful Sakura viewing spots!
5) Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居)：Tokyo (東京)
Tokyo Imperial Palace(皇居) is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo and contains buildings including the main palace, the private residences of the Imperial Family, an archive, museums and administrative offices.
From late March to early April, the 700 meters pedestrian path will be covered with 260 cherry blossoms trees at Chidorigafuchi moat(千鳥ヶ淵). These trees are lit up at night and a gorgeous tunnel of flowers creates an especially otherworldly atmosphere.
Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居)
Address: Sanbanchō 2, Kitanomarukōen 1, Chiyoda, Tokyo, 102-0075
4) Showa Memorial Park (国営昭和記念公園)：Tachikawa (立川)
Showa Memorial Park(国営昭和記念公園) is a national government park in Tachikawa(立川), Tokyo. With 11 kilometers of bike paths, weekly events, a variety of ponds, flowers, and nature formation, Showa Memorial Park has a little bit of something for everyone.
You can see more than 1500 cherry blossom trees, which usually bloom a few days later than those around central Tokyo.
Showa Memorial Park (国営昭和記念公園)
Address: 3173 Midoricho, Tachikawa, Tokyo 190-0014
3) Inokashira Park (井の頭恩賜公園)：Kichijoji (吉祥寺)
Inokashira Park(井の頭恩賜公園) straddles Musashino(武蔵野) and Mitaka(三鷹) in western Tokyo. Inokashira Pond and the Kanda River water source, established during the Edo period(1603-1868), are the primary sources of the Kanda River.
There are 500 cherry blossom trees in this spacious, public city park, which features a central pond. You can rent boats to view the blossoms from the water.
Inokashira Park (井の頭恩賜公園)
Address: 1 Chome-18-31 Gotenyama, Musashino, Tokyo 180-0005
2) Meguro River (目黒川)：Meguro (目黒)
Meguro River(目黒川) is a river which flows through Tokyo.Cherry blossoms a Meguro river is the one of the most popular spot to admire cherries in Tokyo. There is lined with over 830 sakura trees, most of them are Yoshino Cherry trees, the trees along the riverside creating an amazing sight. People from all over the world visit here to admire Row of cherry blossoms trees for 4km.
Meguro River (目黒川)
Address: 2 Chome-2 Nakameguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0000
1) Ueno Park (上野公園)：Ueno (上野)
Ueno Park(上野公園) is a spacious public park in Ueno, Tokyo. The park was established in 1873 on lands formerly belonging to the temple of Kanei-ji(寛永寺). Amongst the country's first public parks, it was founded following the western example as part of the borrowing and assimilation of international practices that characterizes the early Meiji period(1868-1912).
There are approximately 1,200 cherry blossom trees will flourish with pink magical flowers at Ueno Park. The tradition of admiring the cherry blossoms at night remains a popular spring event, brightened by 1,300 paper lanterns.
Ueno Park (上野公園)
Address: 5-20 Uenokoen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
Would you like to enjoy cherry blossoms with special tours and activities in Tokyo?
We will hold Hanami Meetup at Kawagoe City on 1st April! Details coming soon!
Photos have taken by Kota Wada