10 Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Tokyo 2022

Places to visit in Tokyo

Will you be in the Tokyo area during the cherry blossom season this year? Spring is one of the most beautiful times of year when the streets and parks throughout the city turn into a magical pink. That being said, there are loads of great cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo. All throughout Japan you will see many people enjoying hanami, which literally translates into ‘flower viewing’. However this refers to having a picnic or party with family and friends where you enjoy eating and drinking while admiring the flowers, kind of like a cherry blossom festival.

Cherry Blossom Season in Tokyo

Tokyo has a vast number of spots where you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing. The cherry blossom season in Tokyo typically peaks from late March to early April. Over the past ten years, the first blooms have occurred between March 20th and March 28th. Full bloom is usually somewhere between March 27th and April 6th. Be sure to check the latest sakura forecast before making your way there!

Since you may be asking yourself, where do I see cherry blossoms in Tokyo, we have created a list of our 10 best places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo 2022 for this Spring! We hope you find it helpful.

1. Meguro River (目黒川) 

One of the most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing in Tokyo is Meguro River, which features over 800 cherry trees lined up along the riverside. We also recommend that you visit this site after peak season. The reason for this is that once cherry Blossoms finish blooming, all the petals are blown off the tree branches by the wind and cover the surface of the river, making for a sea of pink. 

Meguro River Information

Location: Meguro River

Hours: Open 24 hours

Fee: Free

2. Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑)

Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the largest national gardens in all of Tokyo. The garden has around 1,000 cherry blossom trees and is 58.3 hectares big. It also has one of the most relaxing atmospheres. You can enjoy a relaxing walk, picnic and the amazing view of the cherry trees all in one place, and it is open everyday of the week during the cherry blossom season. 

Shinjuku Gyoen Information

Location: Shinjuku Gyoen

Hours: 9am – 4pm

Fee: ¥200

3. Chidorigafuchi Moat (千鳥ヶ淵)

Chidorigafuchi Moat is known as the most picturesque cherry blossom spot in all of Tokyo. Stroll along the Edo Castle’s moat on the northwest side of the Imperial Palace. Chidorigafuchi’s walkway is one of the most scenic spots around the moat, with a 700-meter-long tunnel of cherry trees blooming in the spring.

Chidorigafuchi Moat Information

Location: Chidorigafuchi Park

Hours: 9.30am – 8pm (last ticket purchase at 7.30pm)

Fee: Free, boat rental ¥800/30min

4. Ueno Onshi Park (上野恩賜公園)

Ueno Park is one of the largest parks in Tokyo, as well as one of the biggest tourist destinations. This park is one of the busiest places during the cherry blossom season in Tokyo as many visitors head here for “Hanami”.

Ueno Onshi Park Information

Location: Ueno Park

Hours: 5am – 11pm

Fee: Free

5. Tokyo Midtown(東京ミッドタウン)

Tokyo Midtown is an extremely popular location to see cherry blossoms at night. The 200 meter long row of cherry blossom trees in the garden area of Tokyo Midtown will take your breath away with its beauty. In the daytime the vibrant pink colour can be admired from above inside the building, while at night the trees are brilliantly lit up, mesmerizing you and making you want to stand under them and appreciate their beauty.

Tokyo Midtown Information

Location: Tokyo Midtown

Hours: 11am – 11pm

Fee: Free

6. Yoyogi Park (代々木公園)

With over 500 cherry trees, Yoyogi Park is a popular place that gets many visitors every year come spring. On a normal year(COVID may have an affect on things in 2022), there are food stalls set up where you can buy food and snacks, but many people also bring their own food and drinks to consume while taking in the beautiful surrounding cherry blossoms.

Yoyogi Park Information

Location: Yoyogi Park

Hours: Open 24 hours

Fee: Free

7. Shiba Park (芝公園)

Located at the foot of Tokyo Tower, Shiba Park is divided up into several separate areas in Minato City and is known as one of the oldest parks in Japan. You can visit Shiba Tosho-gu Shrine as well as take in the view of the sky scraping tower while surrounded by cherry blossoms.

Shiba Park Information

Location: Shiba Park

Hours: Open 24 hours

Fee: Free

8. Sumida Park (隅田公園)

There is a stretch along the Sumida River all way from Azumabashi bridge to Sakurabashi bridge that is known as Sumida Park. With a great view of Japan’s tallest building, the Tokyo Skytree, there are over 1,000 sakura trees lined up giving you a stunning view. This is a great place for a picnic or to just relax and take in the beautiful sakura.

Sumida Park Information

Location: Sumida Park

Hours: Open 24 hours

Fee: Free

9. Inokashira Park (井の頭恩賜公園)

Only a short walk from Kichijoji Station, Inokashira Park is a big beautiful park where you can both walk around or take a paddle boat out onto the water to enjoy cherry blossom viewing. With over 500 cherry trees, taking a boat out on the water can be a great way to relax and take in the short lived sakura on a sunny spring day.

Inokashira Park Information

Location: Inokashira Park

Hours: boat rental 9:30am – 5pm

Fee: ¥600 ~¥700/30 minutes

10. Mt. Takao (高尾山)

Mt. Takao is on the far West side of the Tokyo area, but only about an hour from the center of Tokyo and can be a great place to escape to on a day trip. It is a nice place to take a hike while cherry blossom viewing as the whole area turns a light pink in March and April. This is a good option for you if you’re looking to get away from the big city crowds and want more of a rural sakura experience. If you’re lucky enough, Mt. Fuji might even make an appearance in the distance!

Mt. Takao Information

Location: Mt. Takao

Hours: 10:00am – 4:30pm

Fee: Cable car¥490

We talked about 10 spots in Tokyo, but of course there are many more places where you can enjoy cherry blossoms while they are in full bloom. What spots do you want to check out the most? We hope you enjoyed reading about 10 of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo for 2022 and that you have a chance to make it out to some of them this year!

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