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Hanami cherry blossom hot spots in Tokyo

Hanami cherry blossom hot spots in Tokyo

Tokyo is adorned with cherry trees. Stunning white and pink cherry blossoms are making for the most popular scenes of the world, drawing the crowds who come to celebrate Hanami (flower viewing) with picnics and festivals.

It is my second time in Tokyo during spring to get high on the sight and smell of Sakura (cherry blossom). Here is a list of my favourite spots for Hanami:

1. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden – flower blossom perfection a few minutes from Shinjuku Station

2. Edogawabashi Riverside – meet the locals strolling from Edogawabashi Station

3. Ueno Park – lots to see and do right next to Ueno Station

4. Hinokicho Park – perfect night shots of cherry blossom from Midtown Tower close to Roppongi Station

5. Aoyama Cemetery – blossom tranquillity in Minato and you can look for Hachiko’s tomb (for the most loyal dog)

6. Chidorigakuchi Moat – at the Imperial Palace. Most popular and crowded place for Hanami. Best to visit on weekdays due to many security guards who are controlling the crowds on weekends – a hot spot we didn’t visit but I can tell that it would be on the list if we had.

Pick your favourite location from the pics:

FABULOUS HANAMI PLACE 1 – SHINJUKU GYOEN
I think I love perfectly arranged Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden the most for its flower blossom variety. There are stunning cherry and rose trees, as well as huge magnolias and much more pedicured flora. Have a look at this flowery post describing Shinjuku Gyoen.


FABULOUS HANAMI PLACE 2 – EDOGAWABASHI
Our Japanese friend Saori recommended Edogawabashi to avoid Hanami madness. Stunning Sakura along the riverside in Edogawabashi. Most of the crowd are locals with an open and inviting attitude.

There is a bonus feature with Edogawabashi. You will come across the Four Seasons Hotel along the Sakura path which features a typical Japanese garden and waterfall. Easy to find and worth to check out.
This is Saori’s best of Sakura and she took us on a long beautiful walk. Let’s walk!

Tokyo anime fair

Tokyo anime fair

Tokyo anime fair

Tokyo anime fair

Tokyo anime fair

Tokyo anime fair

Tokyo anime fair

Tokyo anime fair

Tokyo anime fair

Tokyo anime fair

 

At Chinzan-so Garden (椿山荘 ) you can see Goshinboku (the sacred tree), Kokosei well (which provided fresh water after the great Kanto earthquake in 1923), Gojo waterfall, the three storey pagoda and you can read your fortune at the shrine.

Tokyo anime fair

Tokyo anime fair

Tokyo anime fair

Edogawabashi Hanami Tokyo

 

We are right next to the Four Seasons Hotel.

Tokyo anime fair

 

Gojo waterfall.

Tokyo anime fair

 

Kokosei well.

Tokyo anime fair

 

Three storey pagoda.

Tokyo anime fair

Tokyo anime fair

 

The red fortune machine. Insert 100 Yen and learn about your future.

Tokyo anime fair

 

Saori reading our fortune.

Tokyo anime fair

 

You then tie your fortune up and leave it at the shrine.

Tokyo anime fair

 

Candy flower.

Tokyo anime fair

Tokyo anime fair

 

 

FABULOUS HANAMI PLACE 3 – UENO PARK

Ueno is a very picturesque spot for Hanami. People are sitting on picnic all along the pathways, and the trees are just amazing. There is a big lake where one can take out a romantic swan shaped rowboat. You can walk down to Bentendo temple to enjoy the smells of food stalls and Sakura bites. There are many museums and other sights at the park.

Timing is everything if you expect to see the magic of Sakura. We went one week before full bloom when it was just a regular park and during cherry blossom when it transformed into a portrait picture. We arrived a bit late that day and it was progressively getting dark with most people packing their picnics up.

Entrance to Ueno park.

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

Tokyo Harajuku fashion walk

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

 

Amongst all the pale-rose coloured blossom, there is just this one strikingly pink cherry tree.

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

 

Japanese businessmen and a couple minding their own business.

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

 

Strolling along Shinobazu lake.

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

 

This girl was feeding tiny sparrows who are not afraid to eat off the hand.

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

 

See how many birds you can find.

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

 

Maaany!

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

 

The petals were already falling at Ueno.

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

 

Wonderfully blooming trees transforming the city.

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

 

View from Bentendo temple.

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

 

Ueno park before cherry blossom. A totally different and bleak place.

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

 

Not one blooming tree. This is what it looks like before Sakura.

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

 

Tip for neat Sakura pictures: at the entrance to Ueno park, there is an impressive cherry tree and a tall building with a huge bright advertising screen. If you wait a bit the lights will change and give various Hanami shades to the blossom.

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

Hanami Ueno Tokyo

 

 

FABULOUS HANAMI PLACE 4 – HINOKICHO GARDEN

You can visit this beautiful Japanese Garden behind Tokyo’s tallest Midtown Tower Building in Roppongi or get a superb view and picture location from the building’s bridge. The night shots are great as the trees are lit up by colourful reflectors after sunset.

Hanami Tokyo Midtown Garden / Hinokicho Park near Roppongi

Hanami Tokyo Midtown Garden / Hinokicho Park near Roppongi

Hanami Tokyo Midtown Garden / Hinokicho Park near Roppongi

Hanami Tokyo Midtown Garden / Hinokicho Park near Roppongi

Hanami Tokyo Midtown Garden / Hinokicho Park near Roppongi

Hanami Tokyo Midtown Garden / Hinokicho Park near Roppongi

Hanami Tokyo Midtown Garden / Hinokicho Park near Roppongi

 

 

FABULOUS HANAMI PLACE 5 – AOYAMA CEMETERY

We went to Aoyama Cemetery for our final Hanami. Aoyama cemetery is renowned for its cherry blossom trees and for the small monument that looks like a grave of Hachiko (the faithful dog that waited for his owner at Shibuya Station every day for nine years after his master’s death). I have given the cemetery, the blossom and Hachiko a well deserved separate post.

 

FABULOUS HANAMI PLACE 6  –  CHIDORIGAFUCHI

The area of the imperial palace is gorgeous in itself but the classic spot for Hanami is by the water-filled-moat called Chidorigafuchi, the spot in Tokyo with the largest number of people coming to view cherry blossoms. I hope to see this magical place sometime. For now I was happy to see bits of Sakura around the Imperial Palace area.
Cherry Blossom Imperial Palace Tokyo

Cherry Blossom Imperial Palace Tokyo

Cherry Blossom Imperial Palace Tokyo

Cherry Blossom Imperial Palace Tokyo

 

I wish you all a very…

Happy Hanami

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3 Comments

  1. Hello,
    I’m from Turkey.I wanted to use your photo for a blog that I write for a Turkish blog writing class.But I don’t know how I should cite it.It’s in the FABULOUS HANAMI PLACE 4 – HINOKICHO GARDEN section.The fifth photo.
    Love the photos.I wish I could go.

    • Hello Egem,

      thanks for stepping by!

      Feel free to use our pictures, as long as you reference back to our site. You can write “photo used with permission from http://www.ptraveler.com“.

      Good luck with your blog :)

      Dasza Traveler

      • Thank you a lot. I just love sakura. It means a lot to me.So really thank you.

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