Tokyo’s Hanami Season
The cherry blossoms in Tokyo start blooming around the end of March and come into full bloom at the beginning of April.
The best time to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo is the first week of April. From the second week of April, the blossoms begin to scatter, leaving behind sprouts on the cherry trees with the most beautiful time of the season having passed.
If you’re coming to see the cherry trees, we recommend getting to Japan by the very beginning of April.
In this article, we’ll be introducing a number of different places where you can participate in hanami (cherry blossom viewing), so if you plan on visiting Japan in the springtime make sure you keep this guide handy.
Great Hanami Spots in Tokyo
When one thinks of Tokyo, the image of rows upon rows of tall buildings may come to mind, but there are plenty of places where you can set down a tarp and enjoy a picnic under the pink cherry blossoms.
Shinjuku and Harajuku Area
Shinjuku and Harajuku are home to two famous hanami spots, namely Shinjuku Gyoen and Yoyogi Park.
1. Shinjuku Gyoen
Image provided by: Ministry of Environment, Shinjuku Gyoen Management Office
Located in the heart of the city, Shinjuku Gyoen is a large park where one can relax and take in the sights of the beautiful cherry blossoms. The park prides itself on having over 65 types and over 1,100 different cherry trees. The closest stations to this park are Shinjuku Station and Yoyogi Hachiman Station. The park is also quite beautiful in the fall when the leaves change color, making Shinjuku Gyoen an oasis for weary Tokyoites year round.
Entrance Fee: Regular 200 yen; Junior High and Elementary School Students 50 yen; Infants free
Address: Tokyo, Shinjuku, Naitomachi 11
Website: Shinjuku Gyoen (Japanese)