Top 6 Cherry Blossom Events in Japan’s Kanto Region for This Year’s Hanami

14.March.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

The cherry blossoms are slowly blooming flower by flower in the Kanto region of Japan―which encompasses the Greater Tokyo Area and six other prefectures.

 

What kind of hanami, or “flower blooming” season can we expect to enjoy this year? We have compiled a list of six must-attend events celebrating Japan’s beautiful cherry blossoms of the Kanto region this year.

 

Yozakura Jewel Illuminations at Yomiuri Land

Japanese amusement park Yomiuri Land is set to hold its first ever Yozakura Jewel Illumination event from March 21 to April 7. It will combine evening-time cherry blossoms with a range of different gorgeous illuminations. The 180-meter long Sakura Promenade will be lined with bright lights in the evening, creating a memorable and must-see display. The Ferris wheel, too, will be lit up with colourful lights in the image of cherry blossoms, creating a romantic spectacle.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/182255

 

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Yozakura Jewel Illuminations

Running: March 21, 2019 – APril 7, 2019

Time: 16:00-20:00

Price: General Night Pass: ¥2,400 / 3-12 Year Olds & Seniors (65+): ¥1,600

Night Entry: General: ¥1,400 / Junior High School Students: & Seniors (65+) ¥600 / Elementary School Students: ¥300

*Free for those below elementary school age.

*Guests are not allowed to take cans, bottles or alcohol into the park. They can however take bento boxes.

 

Yomiuri Land

Address: 4015-1 Yanokuchi, Inagi, Tokyo
Website: http://www.yomiuriland.com/jewellumination/

 

Tenkuu no Ohanami 2019 at Roppongi Hills Observation Deck

The Tokyo City View Observation Deck at Roppongi Hills is holding a hanami event this spring titled Tenkuu no Ohanami 2019 (“Flower Viewing From the Sky 2019”) which will run from March 15 to April 7. From the observation deck you can glimpse the cherry blossoms dotted around some of Tokyo’s most famous sites and landmarks including Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree, Yoyogi Park, Shinjuku Gyoen and elsewhere, each of which will be a sight to behold from up high in the sky.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/182366

 

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Roppongi Hills Observation Deck Tokyo City View

Location: Mori Tower Floor 52F / Sky Deck (6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato Ward, Tokyo

Price: Adult ¥1,800 / University & High School Student ¥1,200 / 4-13 Year Olds ¥600 / Seniors (65+ Years) ¥1,500

Sky Deck Ticket: ¥500 (¥300 for those aged 4-12)

 

Opening Hours:

Weekdays & Holidays – 10:00-23:00 (Last Entries 22:30)

Friday, Saturday & Day Before Holidays – 10:00-01:00 (Last Entries at Midnight)

Sky Deck – 11:00-20:00 (Last Entries 19:30)

 

Official Website: https://tcv.roppongihills.com/en/index.html

 

Kimono Campaign – Free Entry to Sky Deck

Running: April 5, 2019 – April 7, 2019

Details: Those who visit dressed in a kimono can enter the Sky Deck for free (normally ¥500).

*However, you still must have paid entry to the observation deck (prices listed above).

 

 

Sakura Matsuri 2019 at Ark Hills

Sakura Matusri 2019 will run from April 5 to 7 at Ark Hills in Tokyo. The 1km long tunnel of cherry trees―a symbol and landmark of the surrounding area―will decorated with beautiful illuminations. The bridge that runs from Ark Hills’s south tower to the main building is a secret hanami spot that overlooks the row of trees that run up Spain-zaka Slope. This means you can enjoy the flowers from different angles, whether down below and up close or up high overhead.

 

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Ark Hills Sakura Matsuri 2019

Running: April 5, 2019 – April 7, 2019

Address: 1-12-32 Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo

Official Website: https://www.arkhills.com/

 

 

Tokyo Disney Resort’s® Kawazu-zakura

Make sure to stop by Minnie’s House in Tokyo Disneyland’s® Toon Town which is home to a Kawazu-zakura tree. These trees typically bloom faster than Yoshino cherry trees and are known for their deep pink colour. The pink house and pink cherry blossoms are such a cute match! A range of cherry blossom- and spring-themed items will also be sold to be enjoyed together with the hanami season.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/180825

 

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Tokyo Disney Resort

Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/

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Rickshawing Through the Meguro River Cherry Blossoms With Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

For a three-day limited period from March 29 to 31, you can thoroughly enjoy Japanese hospitality as Hotel Gajoen Tokyo will be running a rickshaw service around Meguro River for guests to enjoy the cherry blossoms. When booking a room at the hotel you can select a plan that includes this rickshaw ride around Tokyo’s foremost-leading cherry blossom viewing hot spot for 30 minutes. During the ride, guests can enjoy the spring breeze as they sweep around the cherry blossom trees of Meguro River. The plan includes a springtime cherry blossom menu and more, so if you’re looking for luxury then look no further!

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/173973

 

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Rickshaw Plan (Japanese Name: 人力車で巡る目黒川の観桜小旅行)

Running: March 29, 2019 – March 31, 2019

Food: Breakfast included. The 8th floor Executive Lounge serves a buffet-style breakfast featuring both western and Japanese food. Entry permitted between 7:00-10:30

Plan Price: From ¥116,000 – 1 night, 1 room (2 Guests / Breakfast Included) *Separate accommodation fee and tax charged.

 

The rickshaw accommodation plan includes free entry to the “Spring, sakura, sakuya” exhibition at Hyakudan Stairs Art Museum. To book a rickshaw ride, please choose a 30-minute time slot between 11:00 and 17:00. The last opportunity to ride will be 16:30.

 

Book your special accommodation plan here: https://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/stay

 

Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest Cherry Blossom Festival

The Lake Sagami Cherry Blossom Festival will be held at Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest in Kanagawa Prefecture from March 21, 2019. Just an hour’s distance from Tokyo, this hanami festival is a chance to enjoy 2,500 cherry trees―the biggest collection in the Kanto region―from many different angles. Board the “Pair Lift” and glide over the gorgeous cherry blossom trees for a skybound hanami experience. Soar even higher in a hot-air balloon and see the pink landscape and evening illuminations.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/?p=183232

 

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Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest Cherry Blossom Festival

Address: 1634 Wakayanagi, Midori Ward, Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture

Running: March 21, 2019 – April 21, 2019 (Closed April 11 & 18)
*Evening illuminations from March 21 to April 7.

 

Opening Hours

Until April 7 – 9:00-21:00

From April 8 – Weekdays 10:00-16:00 / Weekends & Holidays 9:00-17:00

 

Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest Daytime Entry Prices (10:00-16:00)
Entry: Adults ¥1,700 / Children, Seniors & Pets (Dogs) ¥1,000
Free Pass: Adults ¥3,900 / Children, Seniors & Pets (Dogs) ¥3,100 Adults

 

Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest Evening Entry Prices (16:00-21:00) *Last entries 20:30
Entry: Adults & Seniors ¥1,000 / Children & Pets (Dogs) ¥700

 

TEL: 0570-037-353 (Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest)
Website: http://www.sagamiko-resort.jp/

 

Hot-Air Ballon Event

Date: March 23, 2019

Time: 14:00-20:00

Price: Adults ¥2,500 / Children ¥2,000

*Tickets sold at the park’s Pleasure Station souvenir shop

*Illuminations from 18:00

 

 

Did you enjoy this list? When visiting Japan for the cherry blossoms be sure you get to experience them in lots of different ways and from different angles.

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