Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo (Tokyo Hanami Spots)

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One of the most Japanese famous things in spring is “Hanami”, seeing Cherry blossoms (Sakura) with friends or families in parks.
This year, it is said that from March 26th Sakura will start to bloom in Tokyo and on April 2nd it will be in full bloom.

Today, I’m going to introduce five best places to enjoy Hanami in Tokyo.

1. Chidorigafuchi (千鳥ヶ淵)

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Chidorigahuchi is west side of the moat around  Imperial Palace.
It means, you can see greate chrry blossoms in the centre of Tokyo.
Ther are about 170 trees in this area.
Also, trees are lit up in the evenings.

One good point of this place is that you can use rental boat, as you can see in the picture.
Here is the details.
Date : March 27th – April 5th
Opening hour : 9:30 – 20:00 (You can buy ticket until 19:30)
Fee : 800JPY / 30min.
* You can’t reserve

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Nearest station : Tokyo Metro Tozai Line (東西線) / Hanzomon Line (半蔵門線)/ Toei Shinjuku Line (都営新宿線)
Kudanshita station (九段下駅)
Charge : Free

2. Shinjuku Gyoenn (新宿御苑)

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Shinjuku Gyoen is located in Shinjuku, very big famous city in Tokyo.
Since it is vast, you can fully enjoy hanami here by sitting on the ground, and eating delicious food, especially it’s very good to eat Onigiri(Japanese rice ball).
As I said before, the land is huge that there are  about 65 kinds of cherry trees and the number of trees is over 1100.
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Address : 166-0014       11, Naito-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Nearest station :Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (丸ノ内線) Shinjuku Gyoenn Station (新宿御苑駅)
Exit 1 5min by walk
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line (副都心線) Shinjuku Sanchome Station (新宿三丁目駅)
Exit E5 5min by walk
Opening hour : 9:00~16:00 (close at 16:30)
Time off : Monday
charge : 200JPY

3. Ueno Park (上野公園)

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Ueno Park is located in very nice place which is few steps from Ueno station.
One of the most crouded, noisy, and popular places in this season.
Ueno Park’s blossoms typically open 1-3 days ahead of the blossoms in other spots in the city.
Many food stands are available.
Also you can enjoy National museun and Ueno zoo, which is very famous in Japan.

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Adress : 110-0007   Sanchome, Ueno Koen Ikenohashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Nearest station : JR / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (銀座線) / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (日比谷線)
Ueno station (上野駅) 3min by walk
Opening hour : 5:00-23:oo
Charge : Free

4. Tokyo Mid Town(東京ミッドタウン)

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Tokyo Mid Town is especailly nice to see Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) at night.
Of course you can enjoy it in the afternoon as well.
If you want to experience “adult” hanami, this might be best place, as you can drink alcohol such as wine and chanpagne.

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Address : 107-0052       9-7-1, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest station : Toei Ooed Line (都営大江戸線) / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (日比谷線)
Ropponngi Station (六本木駅) direct coupling
Opening hour (Lighting time) : 17:00-23:00
Charge : Free

5. Todoroki Valley Park (等々力渓谷)

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Todoroki Valley Park is the only balley in Tokyo, which means this is the best place to reax.
You can see Japnanese traditional garden and Temple as well.

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Adress : 158-0082 1-22-6, Todoroki, Setagaya-ku. Tokyo
Neareset station : Tokyu Oimachi Line Todoroki Station(等々力駅)5min by walk
Charge : Free

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