Experience Tokyo’s Illuminated Cherry Blossoms at Night: 7 Recommended Spots

09.February.2018 | Uncategorized

Japan’s cherry blossom season is almost here! While it’s most definitely a beautiful sight to see the flowers during the day, we also recommend making a trip to see them at nighttime too.

 

Here’s a list of 7 spots you should stop by in Tokyo to see the illuminated cherry blossoms this year.

 

Chidorigafuchi Moat

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Chidorigafuchi is known as one of the best locations to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo. When the Yoshino Cherry trees are in full bloom along the grand moat, many people turn up to see the spectacle whether it’s a weekday or weekend. You can rent a boat and sail along the moat while gazing at spring’s awakening.

 

■Information

Address: 2 Kudanminami, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: End of March – Beginning of April

Illumination Time: Sunset (around 6pm) to 10pm *subject to change or cancellation in case of bad weather

 

 

Rikugien Garden

The lush Rikugien Garden is a 7-minute walk from Komagome Station. It’s a typical example of a garden from the Edo period where the daimyo lords would stroll, and is famous for its Shidarezakura, or “Cheal’s Weeping Cherry” trees. There is a tea house in the garden where you can enjoy snacking on traditional Japanese wagashi and drinking tea. The Bunkyo Green Court and other commercial facilities also neighbour the garden, making it a fun day out for the family.

 

■Information

Address: 6 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: Middle of March – Beginning of April

Website: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index031.html

 

Rikugien Garden “Shidarezakura & Daimyo Garden Illuminations”

Running: March 16th to April 6th
Time: 9:00-21:00  (illuminations from sunset onwards)
*The park closing time is extended to 21:00 for the event.

*For safety reasons, entry will be limited from 16:30 onwards.

 

 

Meguro River

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Meguro River is a famous cherry blossom location in Tokyo, where cherry blossom trees line almost 4km along the river. Simply take a stroll and take in scene, and take some photos at the hugely popular photo spot along the bridge.

 

■Information

Address: 3-1 Higashiyama to 2-9 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: End of March – Beginning of April

Illumination Time: Sunset – 21:00

 

 

Ueno Park

Ueno Park is just 2-minutes on foot from Ueno Station. As well as having an art gallery, museum, and zoo, Ueno Park is one of the most popular cherry blossom spots in Tokyo, with both locals and tourists gathering to soak up the mesmerizing foliage.

 

■Information

Address: 3 Ikenohata, Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: End of March – Beginning of April

Illumination Time: 17:30-20:00 (March 18th – April 9th scheduled – will begin from the day on which the park’s full bloom is announced)

 

 

Tokyo Midtown

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Head on over to Toshimaen, an amusement park, for a fun day out and stay after-hours to experience their "Sakura Nights" where a fantastic display of 500 cherry blossom trees will be lit up from sundown. Enjoy a hanami where the cherry blossoms turn even more enchanting at night. Immerse yourself in the experience even more by snuggling under a kotatsu with the park's "Enkai Plan."

 

■Information

Address: 3-25-1 Koyama, Nerima-ku, Tokyo

Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: End of March - Beginning of April

Illumination Time: Sunset to 20:00 (March 24th - April 5th)

Website: http://www.toshimaen.co.jp

 

 

Yaesu Sakura-dori, Nihonbashi

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Spanning the length from Tokyo Station's Yaesu North Exit to Kayabacho are 150 cherry blossom trees. The area from Sotobo-dori to Showa-dori will become pedestrian paradise as it will be lit up once night falls. Whether you roll up during the day or at night, you'll get your fill of springtime while you're in the center of Tokyo metropolis. What's better is that you can walk there from Tokyo Station.

 

■Information

Address: 1 Chome Yaesu / 2 Chome & 3 Chome Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Time: End of March - Beginning of April

Illumination Time: 17:00-23:00 (end of March - April 9th)

 

 

Did any of these cherry blossom spots peak your interest? Make sure you get to experience multiple illuminated locations if you're in Tokyo this spring.

 

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