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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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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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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