Updated: March 29, 2016
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5 Best Sakura Viewing Spot In Tokyo

It's almost spring, and we know you are waiting for the Sakura to bloom! You can see sakura pretty much everywhere in Japan, but this article is a must read for you guys who are planning to get the best for your sakura viewing activity in Tokyo this year!

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Spring is finally around the corner, and speaking of spring in Japan, you cannot exclude sakura (cherry blossom) from it! Have you planned any activities regarding sakura viewing in your trip to Japan this year?

Do you plan to do Hanami (viewing Sakura) in Japan as well?

Here are some best spot for Hanami in Tokyo, and I hope you experience an exciting and amazing hanami after reading this guide!

1. Inokashira Park

Located at the south of Kichijoji Station (5 min walk), Inokashira Park was considered as a gift from the Emperor to the general public.
It encompasses the Inokashira Pond, in which you can rent a duck boat to enjoy Sakura viewing from inside the pond.

Admission fee to the park is free and you only need to pay for the boat rent to enjoy!

2. Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi park is the fifth biggest urban park in Tokyo (133 acre), which is located at five minute walk from Harajuku Station and the admission for sakura viewing is free!

Over 600 cherry trees are planted around the spacious Yoyogi Park, creating perfect place for picnic and hanami party. Aside from hanami, there many other activities you can do such as cycling course, bird park, watching concert at stages, take a walk at the garden, play soccer, go to the observation decks, etc.

3. Chidorigafuchi

Located near Kudanshita Station, Chidorigafuchi is a moat located in the northwest of the Imperial Palace, and it is said the name comes from the moat's shape, which resembles plovers (chidori in Japanese).

Hundreds of cherry trees decorate the moats, creating one of Tokyo's most outstanding cherry blossom sights. There are sakura trees planted in the pedestrian road too and the trees are lit up at night in the cherry blossom season, creating a magical gorgeous tunnel of flowers.

Rowing boats are also available for rent, and admission are available for free!

4. Ueno Park

Also a Hanami place with free admission fee, Ueno Park is one of Japan's most crowded, noisy and popular spots for cherry blossom parties.

It features more than 1000 trees, (including the early blossom varieties of cherry blossom) along the street leading towards the National Museum and surrounding Shinobazu Pond.

Because of those early blossom varieties, this park is usually open 1-3 days earlier than other places for hanami.

5. Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen is a 144 acre park near Shinjuku with 1,500 cherry trees, more than a dozen varieties of Sakura. Due to the admission fee and the limited entry time each admission, people doesn't usually party here but it is perfect for families or couples who wished to view Sakura in a quiet spot and enjoy them without all the noise.

There are late blooming sakura varieties, such as Kanzan Sakura which bloom as late as the end of April, therefore this spot can also be enjoyed even when other spots are already closed for sakura viewing.
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