Cherry blossoms are associated with encounters and partings as they bloom and fall at the same time during the graduation and entrance seasons. It is a springtime tradition that is enjoyed by men and women of all ages.
There are many cherry blossom viewing spots here in Tokyo, so in 2023, for the first time in a while, I recommend taking off your mask and exploring Tokyo while taking in the cherry blossoms.
I would like to recommend five places to visit. Have a great time!
(1) Chidorigafuchi Greenway (Kudanshita)
Located a 5-minute walk from Kudanshita Station and a 5-minute walk from Hanzomon Station, this is one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo. The promenade stretches 700 meters from Yasukuni Street to Kitanomaru Park. The street is planted with some 260 cherry trees, including Someiyoshino cherry trees, and is a sight to behold when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. A leisurely walk is recommended, with a stop at the Imperial Palace as well.
(2) Hibiya Park (Hibiya, Yurakucho)
Japan's first modern Western-style park, Hibiya Park is a healing space of greenery and flowers with fountains and various flowerbeds. (Lots of tulips, too!).
The area around Seagull Square and Grassland Square is the best spot for cherry blossoms, and you can even hear pleasant music from the outdoor music hall....
(3) Shiba Park (Daimon)
One of the oldest parks in Japan, Shiba was designated as the first park in Japan in 1873 along with Ueno, Asakusa, Fukagawa, and Asukayama, pioneering the creation of parks in Japan. Zojoji Temple was also originally located within the park.
The cherry blossoms are not the only thing you can see in the park; if you look up, you can see the Tokyo Tower looming large overhead.
(4) Shinjuku Gyoen (Shinjuku)
Shinjuku Gyoen is a relaxing spot in Shinjuku, the heart of Tokyo. The contrast between the skyscrapers and the cherry blossoms is a view that is hard to find in the heart of the city.
It is said to be one of the most modern Western-style gardens of the Meiji era (1868-1912). About 900 cherry trees of about 70 varieties bloom in the park, making it a major attraction in spring. For a limited time only, the garden is also illuminated. Don't miss it!
(5) Meguro River (Nakameguro)
Everyone knows Meguro River as the cherry blossom spot. Many people flock here to take pictures.
Early morning is the best time to stroll along the Meguro River. Running along the river at a leisurely pace when there are few people around is a wonderful idea. Cherry blossoms hanging from both sides of the river cover the entire river when in full bloom.