Top 5 places to admire cherry blossom in Tokyo

Cherry Blossom is in full bloom in Tokyo now!
Here are top 5 places to admire Cherry Blossom in Tokyo voted by the local Japanese.

1. Meguro River 目黒川(Full Bloom)

Cherry Blossom are standing along the Meguro River from Setagaya-ku, about 8 km through Meguro-ku, Shinagawa-ku. It is a very nice walk from Nakameguro station to Meguro station. There are approximately 800 Japanese yoshino cherry blossoms are blooming on both sides of the river along the river, from Ikejiri Ohashi Bridge to Kamogawa Bridge (Shinagawa Ward) under Tokyu Meguro Line. Although there is not a big park, it is possible to enjoy rough walking along the river. Night Cherry Blossom viewing is also very popular in this area.

Address: 3-1 Higashiyama, Meguronto Shimoeguro

Transportation: [Train] Tōkyū Tōyoko Line/ Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line to Nakameguro station and walk 2 minutes/
JR Meguro Station and walk 5 minutes

Price: Free

 

2. Chidori-ga-fuchi 千鳥ヶ淵公園 (Start Bloom)

It is one of the significant spot for cherry blossoms in Tokyo. It is located in a place between Chidori-ga-fuchi on the west side of the Imperial Palace and the British Embassy, ​​and about 170 cherry blossoms is blooming, including Yoshino cherry tree and Yamazakura. Many visitors walk pass the park every day, including businessmen who stop by work and couples who enjoy cherry blossoms. The reflection of cherry blossoms on the surface of the water is absolutely splendid.

Address: 1-2 Kojimachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo/ 2 Ichibancho

Transportation: [Train] Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, Hanzomon Line, Toei Shinjuku Line to Kudanshita Station and walk 5 minutes

Price: Free

 

3. Rikugi-en, Bunkyo-ku 六義園の桜 (Half Bloom)

The 5th Tokugawa Shogun built the Toyko’s most beautiful Japanese landscape garden more than 70 years ago. The cherry blossom landmark of Rikugien is about 15 m in height and about 20 m in width, and blooms are like a waterfall where light-red flowers lying down. Is is also worth seeing in limited light up time.

Opening time: 9:00~17:00
Cherry Blossom Light up period  (till 16/3 – 6/4/2017) closes at 21:00, no entry 30 minutes before the park close

Address: 6-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyo, Tokyo

Transportation: JR Komagome Station and walk 2 minutes

Entry price: 300 Yen (Standard ), 150 Yen ( Aged 65 above )

 

4. Koishikawa Kōrakuen Garden 小石川後楽園の桜 (Full Bloom) 

This is one of the oldest and best preserved parks in Tokyo starting to be built in 1629 in Edo Period. The design of the garden is hugely influenced by the West Lake of Hangzhou. You can enjoy a variety of cherry blossoms, including Yoshino cherry tree and rare curcuma in Tokyo. The park is also popular with maple tree viewing in autumn.

Opening time: 9:00 – 17:00
18/03/2017 – 05/04/2017: 9:00 – 18:00 (No entry 30minutes before the park close)

Address: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo, Tokyo

Transportation: [Train] Oedo Line -Lidabashi station and walk for 3 minutes

Price: 300 Yen (Standard), Free (Children)

 

5. Ueno Park (Night view) 上野恩賜公園 (Half Bloom)

The Ueno Park is known as a cherry blossom viewing spot from the Edo period, and people can fully enjoy nature throughout the four seasons. It is said that the cherry blossoms were transplanted from Yoshino mountain by Amemi Amami, and there are more than 1000 cherry trees gives incredible color to the garden, lining at its central pathway. The park attract large numbers of hanami parties.

Opening time: 5:00~23:00

Address: 5-20 Uneokoen, Taito, Tokyo

Transportation: [Train] JR Ueno station by Ginza Line, Akagi line, Hitachi- Tokiwa, Akita Shinkansen, Hibiya line, Hokurika-Shinkansen, Joban Line, Joetsu Shinkansen, Keihintohoku Line, Odoriko

Price: Free

 

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Cherry Blossom Varieties You will see in Japan right now

Which cherry blossom varieties are blooming right now?

It is almost in the middle of the cherry blossom blooming period.

There are forecast from the Japan Weather Association indicated that next week is going to be full bloom in Kanto (e.g. Tokyo), Chubu (e.g. Nagoya) , Kansai (e.g. Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara), Chugoku (e.g. Hiroshima) and Shikoku area (e.g. Matsuyama)

There are 3 main variety of flowers is going to be fully bloomed next week and you will see them everywhere in Japan.

1. Somei Yoshino (Yoshino Cherry)

Average blooming period in Tokyo: early April

Cultivated during the Edo Period in Tokyo, the Somei Yoshino is by far the most popular cherry tree in Japan. Somei Yoshino trees has delicate, single white, sometime pink, 5-petaled blossoms.

 

2. Yamazakura (Hill Cherry)

Credit: livejapan.com

Average blooming period in Tokyo: early April

The yamazakura (also known as Wild cherry) is the most common cherry tree variety of Japan that actually grows wildly in nature as opposed to cultivars such as the Somei Yoshino. Its blossoms are slightly pink and have five, relatively small petals. The Yamazakura’s fresh leaves develop at the same time as the blossoms.

3. Shidarezakura(Weeping Cherry)

Average blooming period in Tokyo: early April

Weeping cherry trees have drooping branches and are among the most common and beloved cherry trees in Japan. There are two types: trees with blossoms of five petals and trees with blossoms of more than five petals. The latter are called Yaeshidarezakura and bloom about a week later than the 5-petaled ones.

What are you waiting for? Go check out cherry blossoms in Japan if you are there!

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Top 3 foods you must bring to Hanami (Cherry Blossom picnic)

With the cherry blossom months approaching, people in Japan are excited to be preparing their annual hanami party (picnic party). Most people start to check the cherry blossom forecast to find out the best time and place to have a picnic under the full bloomed cherry blossom tree and prepare the food to bring to the party. It is a tradition for people to gather for food, drinks, dance and playing games while enjoying the scenery and letting the natural floral fragrance refresh people senses.

There are 3 foods that you must not miss out on and they are traditionally accompanied with sake and  green tea.

1. Hanami Bento (Lunch box/picnic food)

Inside the Hanami Bento, it is normal to find items like makizushi (sushi rolls), inarizushi (sushi rice stuffed in fried tofu pouches, tamagoyaki (Japanese-style omelet), or kamaboko (pink and white fish cakes)

2. Hanami Dango

The Hanami Dango is made with glutinous rice flour and 3 dangos are usually served in a skewer in pink, white and green symbolising the three main spring colours in Japan.

3. Sakura Mochi

Kanto Style (e.g. Tokyo)

The Kanto style sakura mochi is made with rice flours and red bean paste wrapped in a salted cherry blossom leaf.

Kansai style (e.g. Kyoto) 

While, Kansai style sakura mochi is made with glutinous rice flour with red bean paste inside and wrapped in a salted cherry blossom leaf.

Start preparing for your hanami party and enjoy a lovely time under the cherry blossom trees with your friends and family!

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Check out Cherry Blossom Blooming forecast for 2017 in Japan

5 Spectacular Places to See Cherry Blossom in Japan

 

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Cherry Blossom Forecast in Japan 2017

Cherry Blossom Forecast in Japan 2017
29/03/17 Updates

Are you wondering when is the best time to visit Japan for it’s cherry blossom season?
Check out the Forecast table below for more information for your journey.

Geography Facts: Japan is made up with 4 main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu( listed from north to south)

Region First Bloom Full Bloom
Hokkaido
Sapporo 2 May 6 May
Hakodate 29 April 4 May
Honshu- Tohoku (Northern)
Aomori 23 April 29 April
Akita 17 April 22 April
Morioka 19 April 25 April
Yamagata 14 April 19 April
Sendai 7 April 14 April
Fukushima 8 April 12 April
Honshu – Kanto (Eastern)
Tokyo 21 March 2 April
Choshi 30 March 6 April
Yokohama 25 March 2 April
Mito 31 March 10 April
Utsunomiya 31 March 9 April
Maebashi 30 March 8 April
Kumagaya 28 April 5 April
Nagano 13 April 18 April
Honshu- Chubu (Central)
Kofu 29 March 3 April
Niigata 8 April 14 April
Toyama 4 April 9 April
Kanazawa 2 April 8 April
Fukui 3 April 9 April
Nagoya 28 March 6 April
Shizuoka 31 March 7 April
Gifu  28 March 6 April
Honshu – Kansai region ( Western Central)
Tsu 1 April 7 April
Osaka 29 March 5 April
Hikone 3 April 9 April
Kyoto 29 March 6 April
Kobe 29 March 6 April
Nara 31 March 5 April
Wakayama 29 March 6 April
Honshu – Chungoku region (Western)
Hiroshima 27March 5 April
Okayama 31 March 8 April
Matsue 1 April 8 April
Tottori 1 April 8 April
Shimmonoseki 29 March 6 April
Shikoku
Takamatsu 31 March 8 April
Tokushima 30 March 7 April
Matsuyama 30 March 6 April
Kochi 29 March 6 April
Kyushu
Fukuoka 25 March 4 April
Oita 3 April 10 April
Nagasaki 30 March 7 April
Saga 1 April 9 April
Kumamoto 1 April 9 April
Miyasaki 4 April 11 April
Kagoshima 4 April 11 April
Okinawa 14 January 8 Feburary

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5 Spectacular Places To See Cherry Blossom in Japan

[Cherry Blossom Festival Japan]
It’s spring time! You might be planning on picnic or camping over the weekends, or go for a walk in parks and garden in the UK or thinking what I should do with my Easter holiday, whether you should go abroad.

But where?

Where is the top destination to go to in Spring? What is the best thing to do in springtime you may wonder?

Flowers and Gardens are definitely one to feel the beauty of springtime when many beautiful flowers are blooming. The exciting news is cherry blossom in Japan is starting to bloom by the end of this month in March.

It is almost impossible to think of Japan without cherry blossom in springtime. You might see a few cherry trees in the UK but just imagine that you are inside the sea of fully bloomed pinky cherry blossom trees. 

It has been a long history for Japanese to enjoy amazing time and flower viewing under the cherry blossom trees and it had gain wide international fame for its beauty across the whole of Japan. Every year, people visits Japan in springtime with the purpose of admiring the sea of cherry blossom in the Cherry Blossom Festival.

What is the Cherry Blossom Festival?

Cherry Blossom is also called sakura. There has been a centuries old practice and tradition in Japan to do picnic and drinking sake under a blooming sakura and this practice is called “Hanami”. This tradition was said to have started back then in Nara Period (710-794 AD). While it is also common to celebrate Cherry Blossom festival during the night and it is called yozakura with paper lanterns hanging along the street.

5 spectacular spots to view Cherry Blossom in Japan

Between Late March and May, there are many beautiful places to see the cherry blossom trees and have picnic with sake like the locals.
Here are 5 of many stunning destination to admire cherry blossoms in Japan.

2017 First  to Full Blooming forecast (29 March 2017 update with Japanese Observatory forecast):

1. Meguro and Naka Meguro (Tokyo)

This is one of the most popular place to admire cherry blossom in Tokyo. There are cherry blossom trees and lanterns that light up in the evening along the Meguro canal.

We suggest you to walk along the river from Naka Meguro station to Meguro Meguro station. You can make stop at the Nakameguro Park to do hanami (picnic) under the cherry trees and explore the Sakura Bashi bridge near by.

2. Lake Biwa Canal (Kyoto)

There are around 660 cherry trees growing along the canal in the vicinity of the first tunnel, it is a nice walk and magical moments to share with your friends and family.

3. Osaka Castle Park (Osaka)

There are over 4000 cherry trees in the Osaka Castle Park, it is a particularly nice place for picnic and admiring the cherry tree with the castle tower light up in the evening.

4. Sagano Scenic Railway (Sagano)

Ride on the Sagano Railway and see the cherry blossom view along the track.

5. Itsukushima Shrine (Miyajima)

You can enjoy the cherry blossom sceneries with the amazing historical shrine standing at the sea.

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